Early prototypes of the wheel were made of bread and were usually devoured before being test driven, which explains why modern-day motorists still try to eat their tires. Bite into a wheel of tasty innovation with today's Groupon: for $4, you get $10 worth of bagels and more from Top of the Bagel Cafe. This Groupon is valid at the Solana Beach and Carlsbad locations.
Offering 22 kinds of bagels baked fresh every day, Top of the Bagel serves up a menu of breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, soups, and smoothies. Ease your sleepy taste buds into a new day with the huevos rancheros bagel ($3.99), a chewy inner tube loaded with jalapeño cream cheese, egg, and tomato relish. Or, bow to the Big Apple's bready authority by biting into a New York–style bagel ($4.75), a triumvirate of scrambled egg, bacon, and ham wrapped in a royal robe of cheese. Lunchers can relish the turkado ($5.50), a turkey-avocado hybrid topped with sprouts, or savor the lox deluxe ($6.50), a sandwich of cream cheese, capers, lox, tomato, and onion. Give ear to your inner herbivore's demands by feeding it a freshly chopped small green salad ($4.25), whose spread of tomatoes, red onions, carrots, avocado, cheese, and cucumbers rests peacefully on a bed of green leaf lettuce. Top of the Bagel also boasts an assortment of real fruit smoothies made fresh and beverages from Seattle's Best. The café opens for bagel business from 5:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Top of the Bagel Cafe
There are a lot of steps to creating bagels. But rather than take shortcuts such as freezing dough and pre-baking items, the staff at Top of the Bagel Cafe complete every step in the early hours of morning. This helps them ensure their bagels are fresh, soft, and ready for customers by their 5:30 a.m. weekday opening time.
They begin by mixing the dough, which they then boil into perfect circles before baking them into fluffy, unsliced rounds. Once bagels have cooled slightly, chefs can slather them with one of the seven styles of cream cheese or lox, or slice them in half to create the shop's signature sandwiches. These include breakfast items made with scrambled eggs, or even open-faced melts topped with a gooey layer of cheese. In addition to bagels, they serve up a range of drinks, such as cups of coffee, smoothies made from fresh fruit, and sodas squeezed from fresh vending machines.