Bagels and Beyond

Bagels are a serious business here in the NY/NJ area. If they’re not done right, a bagel shop won’t succeed since there are dozens of other places close enough that do make them right. It is a firm belief here that it’s the water that makes our bagels so distinct and wonderful. The attitude in the water gives them the perfect texture, ha! Marc and I are very lucky that there is an amazing bagel shop very close to our house called Bagels and Beyond. We love going there to have a leisurely breakfast sandwich and coffee on Sundays. It is also perfectly situated on the way to our train station if we want to grab breakfast on the go on our way somewhere!

Lovely plain bagels on display at Bagels and Beyond.
Lovely plain bagels on display at Bagels and Beyond.

The bagels there are exactly what they should be. They have a slight crunch on the outside with an amazingly soft, chewy interior. There are also so many darn flavors to choose from at Bagels and Beyond. They have everything from plain, to jalapeno cheddar with a great kick, to sweet blueberry bagels. Then there are the countless options for dressing them up. The cream cheeses are to die for with so many flavors! This being a NJ place there are also the sandwich options of eggs, cheese, sausage, bacon and that quintessential Jersey meat, pork roll.

The coffee bar at Bagels and Beyond. It is always fantastic.
The coffee bar at Bagels and Beyond. It is always fantastic.

Now I make a decent pot of coffee, but they brew really exceptional coffee at Bagels and Beyond. I’ve actually been looking on websites like Full Moon Cafe since I want to buy a new coffee machine. I’ll have to save up for a bit first though! I’ve had incredible blueberry coffee there, and I love the German Chocolate Cake flavor I had last time. Jamaica Me Nuts is a mainstay and I usually like to play mixologist and mingle it with other flavors. Pairing that coffee with a meaty breakfast sandwich is my idea of heaven.

Bagels and Beyond
Sausage, egg and cheese on a jalapeno cheddar bagel…it’s just pure goodness and my absolute favorite breakfast sandwich in the world!

There really is nothing like an amazing bagel joint. Having Bagels and Beyond close by has definitely made me fall even more in love with the area we moved to over 2 years ago! You can check out their website at http://bagelsandbeyond.net/ and find them on Facebook here. There are several locations so if you’re in NJ be sure to check them out!

The egg bagels at Bagels and Beyond are so good, let me tell ya.
The egg bagels at Bagels and Beyond are so good, let me tell ya.

3 thoughts on “Bagels and Beyond”

  1. Hi Leigh, I love Bagels! My Fav is the onion Bagel, with egg and bacon yep! To die for…we had a bakery here that was only Bagels (The owner from NYC retired last year) they sold the joint and the new owners have a driver twice a week drive to NYC for them and drive them right back down here! They’re not cheap by any means but they’re so so good! Next best thing to being in NJ! GO RU, hope you and Marc are having a good Spring. We just got home from Greece! What a great trip! Miss you! Your Bud always, Cheryl.

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