I’ve made it no secret that, in 2014, it has been a bit trickier to get to one new place per week, seeing as I have spent the better part of this year as a Weight Watchers member. Alas, bagels are one of my favorite food groups, a decent “splurge,” and can be eaten while adhering to the Weight Watchers lifestyle. Therefore, when I found myself out in the nether regions Cincinnatians call Eastgate, I remembered there was a bagel place I’d be wanting to try.
Enter Everything Bagels.
Located in a small strip, EB isn’t small, but it is relatively unassuming. The menu is large enough to satisfy a number of people, but naturally I ordered from the breakfast menu, where I got my standard asiago bagel toasted with egg and cheese; light plan cream cheese on the side. My mom opted for the French Melt (French toast bagel with egg, cheese, and she got bacon instead of sausage), which she seemed to enjoy. It wasn’t until after we had ordered and paid that I learned EB had chocolate chip icing. Therefore, when I was finished, I got a chocolate chip bagel toasted with chocolate chip cream cheese. I had a few bites (truly, I only had a few) and it was alright. I don’t particularly love cream cheese masquerading as dessert (see also: cheesecake), but it was alright. The bagel itself was great and I’d have rather had it with butter. The little amount I had was plenty.
The bagels were good enough. I would compare my asiago bagel to that of Panera, where the bagels are perfectly fine. The service was great. If I ever find myself in those parts again, I’d be happy to return.