When you arrive at The Bagel Place, you first notice that the parking lot is full. It is always full. The drive thru is always full. There is a reason; the service is wonderful, the prices are right, and the food is damn good. Perhaps that is the reason for the diversity of the customers. When we visited, there were elderly folks, high schoolers, old grouches, younger couples, and everything in between. I think I saw an albino monk at one of the tables. I tried not to stare.
On the agenda for today, The Longhorn, The Raider and a cup of Taos Soup. The first thing you take in with all of their food is the freshness. The bagels are made on location each day. When you are planning your order, have a backup bagel plan; your garlic bagel option may be sold out for the day and you will be forced to punt. The Raider with all of its roasted peppers and guacamole smoothness is delicious, but The Longhorn is my favorite on the menu. There is something about the combination of the toasted bagel, roast beef and the herbed cream cheese creating a perfect symphony of flavors. The Taos soup is full of ground beef, beans, corn and the most savory, buttery broth you can imagine.
Go try The Bagel Place at different times of the day. Experience each niche they have to offer. Get a schmear on an early morning bagel. Get a pizza bagel. Have a latte. Get a slice of cake. Let your defenses down, just like the Big 12 does. (I had to get one jab in)
The Bagel Place is easy to find. It is the old Taco Villa on Bell, next to where the Mr. Burger used to be.