I really like bagels. My favorites are whole wheat bagels (untoasted) with gobs of cream cheese, fresh garden tomatoes, red onions and smoked salmon.
I’ve had the opportunity to eat at the Bagel Factory in Squirrel Hill many times. Recently, I had a big catering job, and had to pre-order several dozen bagels for a morning brunch. I called the day before, and ordered some plain, whole wheat, and a few other varieties. When I approached the counter at 6am on Saturday for my order, the clerk smiled and gave me four large bags filled with warm bagels. Everything was ready- all I had to do was pay, and leave. On my way to my event I grabbed a bagel from the bag and took a bite- it was wonderfully fresh, and tasty. The dough was soft, and each bite thereafter was equally enjoyable. My clients also enjoyed the bagels, many commenting on how fresh they were.
Besides selling bagels, The Bagel Factory has breakfast and lunch items. During the summer you can have breakfast outside, and watch all the people walk by on Forbes Avenue. If you’re still hungry after breakfast or lunch, grab a Ben and Jerry’s cone to go!
Chef Chuck Kerber