There’s no such thing as a boring bagel at Golden Bagels & Coffee.
Even the classic bagel and cream cheese tastes elevated at first bite. Add in breakfast and lunch sandwiches and you get a combo of delicious dough and savory ingredients.
Golden Bagels uses a two-dough stage dough technique to make its bagels. The dough is retarded, which means the fermentation process is slowed so the yeast can create enough enzymes to convert the starch to sugar.
Bakers do this process to improve flavor, and I wholeheartedly agree that it does.
When I ordered from Golden Bagels over the weekend, the process was easy. Currently, the space is not open for dine-in. I ordered online for pickup and it was ready after 15 minutes. Golden Bagels was utilizing its patio for to-go orders and an employee simply handed me my order over the rail.
The classic salmon bagel came with lox (cured salmon), scallion dill cream cheese, tomato, red onion and capers with your choice of bagel. I chose the sesame bagel.
The lox was smooth and buttery and while it tastes like other types of salmon, it is saltier. With the addition of the cream cheese, which was creamy and made oniony by the scallions, along with the tomato, red onion and capers, the bagel sandwich came together perfectly. It was a mix of salty, tangy and oniony.
I also sampled a breakfast bagel with scrambled eggs and bacon inside a sesame bagel. There was nothing new about the bagel, but I enjoyed the sesame bagel being the outer layer.
When you order bagels online you can choose for them to be toasted, lightly toasted or not toasted, plus a spread that you can get on or on the side of the bagel. The bagels I tried included the everything bagel, plain, honey whole wheat and chocolate chip.
I got the spreads on the side so I could try multiple spreads on each bagel. The danger of doing this is there might be spreads missing from the bag, which is what happened to me. Luckily, what was in the bag was the cream cheese.
The everything bagel was my favorite. I love not only the variety of flavors from the toppings — poppy seeds, sesame seeds, garlic flakes and more — but the smell of all those toppings together. I had this bagel with butter and cream cheese. The butter was so simple, but it allowed for most of the flavor of the bagel to come out. The cream cheese, which I found to be thick and creamy, added a slight sweet and tangy element I loved as well.
The plain and honey whole wheat bagels were great as well with cream cheese and strawberry jelly, which was from home since that was one that was forgotten.
I can say only one thing about the chocolate chip bagel: It needed more chocolate chips. It was good, but was more like a chocolate bagel.
For more of a lunch option, Golden Bagels has a Reuben sandwich, a BLT, a turkey club and one called Rachel, which comes with turkey pastrami, Swiss, coleslaw and Russian dressing.
Golden Bagels & Coffee
Address: 3117 White Oak Dr.
Hours: 7 a.m.–1 p.m. Wednesday–Friday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday–Sunday
Pricing: $1.25 per bagel, $7.95–$11.95 for sandwiches
Healthy options: No
Star of the show: Classic salmon bagel