What You'll Get
The bagel, like the circle from which it takes its shape, is a metaphor for life; it literally never ends. Enjoy eternally enticing eats with today’s Groupon: for $3, you get $6 worth of sandwiches and more at Gilpin’s Bagel & Deli.
Gilpin’s hand-crafts a bevy of delicious sandwich creations, incarnated in bagel, sub, and wrap forms. Start or continue your day with a piping-hot breakfast egg sandwich, or take in some tuna or chicken salad in the casing of your choosing. Gilpin’s offers a bevy of meatless options involving hummus and fresh-cut, locally sourced veggies. Ordering a dessert bagel is, like being a soccer referee and giving someone a red card for popping the ball and wearing it as a hat, a good call. Ask for a bagel coated with marshmallow fluff and chocolate hazelnut. Craft your own invention, and, if it passes your taste-bud test, throw the blueprint on Gilpin’s “Bagel Marketing” board for future consumption.
Dine-inners can feast their eye spheres on walls strewn with local art and treat their eardrums to the local jams piping out of the speaker system during late-night munching hours.
CityBeat, the blog Cincinnati Bites, and Cincinnati Blog reviewed Gilpin's Bagel & Deli. Blog Cincinnati Malavita included Gilpin's on a list of Best Sandwiches of Downtown Cincinnati. Eighty-four percent of Urbanspooners recommend it:
- I chose to go with something called “The Winner”… It definitely lived up to its name. The flavors were fantastic... The banana peppers went great with the pepper jack cheese, and the sprouts gave it a nice fresh taste. – Alice Blaney, CityBeat
- The bagels are served tightly wrapped in aluminum foil and very hot to the touch. Depending on the sandwich, they can be messy, but the steam press contributes to a special melding of flavors one just doesn't get through conventional toasting processes. – Cincinnati Bites
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 2, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Dine-in or carryout only; not valid towards delivery. Must use in 1 visit, no cash back. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Gilpin's lets their diners do the work—when it comes to thinking up and naming each of the shop's steamed sandwiches. After that, the kitchen staff gets to work creating the menu's 20 sandwiches, steamed burgers, pizzas, steamed salads, and beers amid a casual atmosphere. It's so casual and rustic, in fact, that it's playful: the restaurant is outfitted with old-school Nintendo system.
In the morning, chefs playfully fold buttery breakfast biscuits over piles of cooked eggs, turkey bacon, and pepper jack cheese. During the afternoon and evening hours, the staff builds sandwiches on pretzel buns and gluten-free bread. They construct grilled cheeses from dill havarti and Doritos, pair veggies with hummus, and top piles of meats—from smoked pulled pork to bacon—with hot sauce and garlic cream cheese. But sandwiches aren't the only food steamed by the team at Gilpin's. To leave exteriors soft and the cheese perfectly melted, they also steam cheeseburgers, pizzas, and salads.