Though bagels were originally introduced to America in 1893 to eradicate cream cheese, bagels had no natural predator in the wild and soon began to overpopulate the land. Help undo the eco-damage of this deliciously doughy pest with today's deal: for $7, you get $15 toward all menu items at Owen's Bagel and Deli. Owen's is open every day in Dilworth's South End from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., so get there before the clock strikes four and all the bagels spontaneously lose their holes.
Owen's is a locally owned, family-friendly, counter-service kind of joint full of some friendly bagel pushers. The artsy, laid-back environment is ideal for a quick bite with kids you babysit, kids that are actually yours, or the random children that follow you around calling you Bilbo Baggins. Bagels are the famous NYC-steamed variety as opposed to the back-alley bagels that are toasted with the heat of dog breath. Owen's flavors include cinnamon raisin, blueberry, pumpernickel, and the ambitiously named "everything." Like the aleph, the everything bagel somehow contains the entire universe within itself, and goes really well with strawberry cream cheese.
Every centerless ring of dough can be purchased individually, by the dozen, or transformed into a delicious deli sandwich—Owen's specialty. Favorites include the breakfast bagel (sausage or bacon, egg, and cheese, $4.75) and the booty bagel (peanut butter, banana, and honey on a raisin bagel, $2.95). As the day wears on and eggs fade into obscurity, premium Boar's Head and other meats take the reins. For lunch, go for the Tonya Harding club (turkey, ham, bacon, Colby, and Swiss on a sesame bagel, $6.05). And Owen's defies you to resist the temptation of the flavors or name of the Federllllinnnneee (turkey, pepperoni, Colby, banana peppers, onion, and barbecue sauce on an onion bagel, $5.75). You can always create your own combination of bread, cheese, and meat if none of the predetermined combos tickle your fancy. There is also a dedicated kids menu with items such as a pizza bagel and PB&J (both $2.25) to please the sophisticated palates of youth.
One Groupon can be used for every two people, so bring a tear to your girlfriend's eye by getting down on your knee and slipping an Owen's bagel on her finger, which she'll greatly prefer over one of those useless, inedible metal rings.
- Quirky, fun atmosphere, with lots of toys for the kids in the corner. The food is fresh and delicious, and the service is friendly and fast. This locally-owned shop is just the perfect bagel shop. – Sonia P., Insider Pages
- You won't find a better sandwich in all of charlotte [sic]. Great fresh ingredients and tons of toppings. – susie q., Insider Pages
- Owen's Bagel and Deli gives you great food with nice service in an atmosphere that is anything but ordinary. – 212emerson, Kudzu