The first bagel rebelled against traditional dinner rolls wearing a coat of cream cheese and piercing its belly button. Savor trendsetting tastes with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of bagels, sandwiches, and drinks at Bruegger’s Bagels.
The Bruegger’s team kettle-boils and bakes New York–style bagels throughout each day to provide warm, fresh bookends to breakfast and lunch sandwiches as well as independent morning meals. More than 20 classic and specialty bagels boast a crisp exterior, chewy interior, and genius-level IQ to pair lusciously with 15 sweet and savory cream cheeses ($2.49 for one bagel with cream cheese; $13.99 for a baker’s dozen and two tubs of cream cheese). Handcrafted signature sandwiches ($5.89–$7.25) originate in the mind and dream journal of executive chef Philip Smith and mingle flavorful ingredients such as lemon-tarragon mayo, peppered bacon, and roasted red peppers.
The culinary crew removes calorie-laden trimmings to drop select breakfast, lunch, and dinner items lower than 500 calories, including skinny-bagel sandwiches and protein-packed salads. The scent of Bruegger's custom-roasted coffee wakes up drained senses with brews such as the French Roast blend ($1.99–$2.39), with beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms that follow sustainable growing techniques.
Thirty years ago, bagels were a staple in Manhattan delis but rarely seen outside of New York. Entrepreneurs Nord Brue and Mike Dressell sought to remedy their absence by introducing the chewy boiled and baked treats to diners in Burlington, Vermont. The trend spread rapidly and the duo eventually saw Bruegger's Bagels franchises in 26 states. The namesake staple remains the focal point of the menu, though breakfast and lunch selections also include sandwiches stuffed with smoked salmon or ham and eggs.