7 Days of Bagels

It’s finally here, fellow Duhawks! After many weeks of watching construction and waiting for a grand opening email, Einstein Bros. Bagels is open for business. However, I’ve heard a lot of people ask one main question: how do you know what to eat when there are so many different options? Well, look no further! Last week, I set out on a seven-day mission to find and try the best food Einstein’s has to offer, and what a wonderful week it was. From sandwiches to smoothies, I’ve got the scoop on all things bagels for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

As many people know, bagels are Einstein’s specialty (hence the name), so my first item on my list was any bagel I saw appealing. When I walked into the shop and saw the basket of asiago cheese bagels, my heart skipped a beat. I’m a huge fan of carbs and cheese, so as you might have guessed, I ordered one of those bad boys. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. Toasted to perfection was this wonderful bagel of mine, and it brought a smile to my face. Other flavors I enjoy, you ask? French toast, blueberry and cinnamon sugar are all delicious options. I recommend toasting your bagel of choice before adding anything else on top. Einstein’s offers “shmear” (think: cream cheese) for bagels, ranging from traditional favorites like strawberry to new flavors like salmon. Peanut butter, jelly, butter and nutella are also options if you aren’t into the cream cheese scene, as well as ordering plain bagels. Each bagel costs only $1.19 before adding shmear or other toppings. Oops, there go my college savings.

Einstein’s offers breakfast and lunch sandwiches, both on bagels and regular bread. My picks? For breakfast sandwiches, I recommend their sandwich of fall: a French toast bagel with maple shmear, egg, bacon, and cheddar cheese. Not only does it look good, it’s tasty and full of flavor, perfect for a sit down breakfast or to be eaten en-route to class. For lunch, I’m tied between two favorites of mine: the Italian Chicken Tostini and the pepperoni pizza bagel. The tostini, which has chicken, mozzarella cheese, roasted red peppers, spinach, and basil pesto on toasted ciabatta bread, is full of flavor with every bite. The red peppers give it a bit of a kick but don’t overpower the rest of the sandwich. If you’re looking for a cheaper lunch option since the small sandwich costs over seven dollars, I recommend the pepperoni pizza bagel. This, in my eyes, must be what heaven is like. It combines my favorite things: pizza and bagels. What could be better than that? It’s my go-to lunch meal when I don’t have a lot of time to eat or when I’m craving something simple.

Obviously, you’re going to need something to drink while eating all that bread. My pick for beverages? The strawberry-banana smoothie and hot chocolate are my top two choices. The smoothie is creamy and flavorful but not too overbearingly sweet, just as a smoothie should be. As for the hot chocolate, it’s warm, delicious, and topped with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. Yes, please.

Along with made-to-order items, Einstein’s offers a grab-and-go cooler for people who want something easy and quick. Salads, yogurt parfaits, sandwiches, and fruit cups are all pre-made, making the new bagel shop student-friendly. There are also different assortments of water, soda, milk, orange juice, and lemonade. To make the shop even more student-friendly, travel mugs are available for purchase, if they haven’t sold out already. The first fill of coffee for the mug is free, and each refill costs less than a regular cup of coffee, which is a big plus for those looking to stay awake in class and save money at the same time.

In short, Einstein’s is adding a plus to the Loras campus. It’s not only a change from eating in the Caf or Pub, it’s delicious and not super expensive when looking at everything in total. Even though I have not tried each item on the Einstein’s menu, I plan on continuing to order from them to find more favorites. It may take a while for your order to be completed, but believe me: it’s worth the wait.

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