Skipping breakfast has never been my style—in fact, if it were up to me, I would have a breakfast of champions every morning, drinking fresh squeezed orange juice as I watched the sunrise over the Pacific ocean. Sadly, this is not easily attainable for a busy, broke college student living in New Brunswick—but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on a great meal.
Located on 357 George St., Bagel Nosh is somewhat hidden among the hustle and bustle of Downtown New Brunswick. When you first walk in you are greeted with cheery mustard and burnt sienna walls; it might not be the perfect sunrise I was looking for, but the colors come pretty close.
Styrofoam coffee cups were stacked high behind the counter as the steaming coffee pots roasted that afternoon’s brew, spreading the promise of caffeine and the scent of java throughout the cozy café.
Racks of chips, fruits and numerous snacks lined the walls— as well as three refrigerators selling water, soft drinks and juices.
Menu items were scrawled in multi-colored markers on the blackboards hanging from the wall. Various items like bagels, wraps, sandwiches, omelets and salads were displayed with brief descriptions underneath.
I decided on the “George Omelet Platter,” an egg omelet filled with bacon, tomato, peppers and onions—served with a side of home fries and two slices of whole-wheat toast.
My order was finished in less than 10 minutes and was served on a paper plate covered with aluminum foil. For $4.95 the omelet was a generous size, taking up half the plate, with home fries piled on the side in between two neatly cut slices of toast.
The bright red and green veggies not only popped against the yellow omelet, but tasted very fresh and gave the omelet a good crunch, while smoky chunks of bacon gave a nice contrast in texture to the fluffy eggs and added a savory flavor.
After stabbing my fork into the omelet I was expecting a warm, gooey string of cheese to pull away and snap back like a Kraft singles commercial. But after digging my way half-through the omelet, I came to the life shattering realization that there was in fact, no cheese in this omelet.
This was pretty disappointing and made the omelet a bit dry for my taste.
The home fries were diced into tiny squares and seasoned with a delicious Cajun-style spice that gave it a tangy flavor—that wasn’t too spicy to the tongue.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that the slices of bread were toasted to perfection. There’s just something about the way diners and restaurants toast and evenly slather their bread in butter that just can’t be achieved with an at home toaster.
After my gluttonous feast of bacon, fries and butter I decided to have a healthier, lighter choice for my second order. Accurately titled, the “Hummus Special,” this bagel sandwich was filled with hummus, avocado, lettuce, tomato and onion for only $3.95.
n a world where it costs an extra $2 for guacamole at Chipotle, I’ll take cheap avocado wherever I can get it. The bright orange hummus and lime green avocado were generously spread in between the bagel.
The thick, smooth consistency of the hummus and avocado spread combined with the juicy, sliced tomatoes and crunchy chopped red onions made for a refreshing combination.
I wasn’t expecting for it to taste right on a bagel— a wrap or pita would have seemed more appropriate for all the fresh produce, but it was surprisingly harmonious and tasty.
For a hearty breakfast to start your day or a quick lunch to power through the afternoon, Bagel Nosh provides a variety of great-tasting choices at an affordable price.