A few weeks back I was invited to meet Bruegger's Bagels Executive Chef Philip Smith - and yeah - they have an Executive Chef! Who knew?! We were going to meet Philip, see some of the behind-the-scenes action and taste some bagels - sounds like a plan to me!
I came to know Bruegger's in college at the University of Iowa. At the time I didn't like cream cheese (sacrilege?) but my BFF would bring me a hot Cinnamon Raisin with Butter nearly every morning to Chem 101. Let's just say - I was far more interested in the bagel!
Then - I have to say - Philip blew my mind...
Also - there are a lot of "gluten-free" products out there now but you won't see them at Bruegger's. They tried and they just couldn't make them good - so - they don't make them!
and then bake them! The malt in the bagels adds the signature shine that their bagels have.
recipes on their site! If this one is any indication - they are all awesome.
As we left, they gave each of us bagels, cream cheese and a free sample of their new Sriracha Egg Sandwich! A plain bagel with egg, sausage, cheddar cheese, fresh red peppers and Sriracha. This was really good - I saved mine for breakfast the next day and it was a great start to my day!
They also have a new coconut coffee which all the coffee drinkers tried and loved. I love coconut but not coffee. Bruegger's also has lots of great promotions during the year like their bottomless mug which you pay for at the beginning of the year and then get free coffee until New Years Eve that same year!
Why Should You Go? Because it was my first bagel place - it has a special place in my heart/tummy. I love Brueggers - I didn't even have a chance to talk about my FAVORITE cream cheese - the Bacon Scallion - if you have had it - try it! I like that they have sandwiches for lunch as well - taking the bagel beyond breakfast! Enjoy!