Bagels aren't the only breakfast food available, but they are the only one that doubles as the steering wheel of a tiny bread car. It's your kitchen and you can drive if you want to with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of NYC-style deli fare for breakfast or lunch at City East Bagel and Grill.
The renovated City East Bagel and Grill awakens taste buds with sizzling breakfast skillets, signature kosher-style deli sandwiches, and 16 types of NYC-style bagels made from scratch every day. Diners mimic rooster calls as they jump-start mornings with endless refills of hot coffee ($2) and a menu of fast-smashing selections such as the nova lox bagel ($7.95), which features smoked nova scotia salmon layered with cream cheese, tomato, and onion on a jalapeño-cheddar, garlic, or sesame bagel. Old-fashioned skillets corral boisterous brunch parties on plates including the new york pastrami ($7.95), where grilled potatoes, mushrooms, and onions limbo beneath two scrambled eggs and cheese alongside a bagel or toast. The manhattan sandwich ($7.95) drives away midday hunger faster than a caffeinated cab driver with thin slices of lean corned beef, melted provolone, russian dressing, and deli mustard on toasted rye bread served with a choice of side. Patrons can bite into an assortment of homemade desserts as they admire the historical black-and-white photos of Memphis lining the walls, the black-and-white checkered floor, or the flat-screen color TV that refuses to bow to peer pressure.
City East Bagel and Grille
At City East Bagel and Grille, cooks craft New-York-style bagels from scratch right in the restaurant kitchen. The doughy rings come in 16 flavors, ranging from banana nut to sun-dried tomato, and visitors can choose from eight toppings—including butter, jelly, and four flavored cream cheeses. In the dining room—decorated with black-and-white photos of old Memphis—they can also tuck into hearty breakfast and lunch dishes, from a piping-hot pastrami sandwich to breakfast skillets brimming with eggs, grilled potatoes, and peppers.