Whether you like doughy or chewy, with lox or a strawberry schmear, Portland has a bagel for every parent AND their miniature foodies. We have the tastes of New York, Montreal, and our own hometown flavor all right here. Grab a cup of coffee or your morning smoothie and check out these mouth-watering bites.
photo: Kenny & Zuke’s
Kenny & Zuke’s
Our first stop simply has to be Portland’s favorite Jewish delicatessen, conveniently located downtown and always bustling with locals and tourists alike. Pastrami lovers go there for the high-quality meats and the families with littles love that they have a kids’ menu, nearly 15 different types of root beer, and the informal, noisy atmosphere that any family with a crew in tow can appreciate. Don’t leave without a house-made pickle for everyone in the fam!
1038 SW Stark St.
photo: Tastebud Bagels Facebook Page
Wood-fired pizza and Montreal-style bagels (also wood-fired!) are the specialties of this local operation that started on a farm and currently makes its home at farmers’ markets and local events as an ultimate crowd-pleaser. Their Montreal-style bagels, which are smaller, denser and chewier than you might be used to, come in the predictable plain, sesame seed, and poppy seed flavors, but they also offer leek bagels! Try their arugula, bacon, and jam bagel sandwich for the perfect combination of salty and sweet. For a perfect weekend morning, grab your tot a bagel to chew on while you wander the farmer’s market together! They also have a store opening in Multnomah Village in April.
photo: Bowery Bagels by Paty E. via Yelp
If your taste buds need the authentic New York-style boiled bagels, you won’t get closer in Portland than Bowery Bagels, named after the subway stop that this owner passed through every day while living in New York. They proudly serve their vegan and Kosher bagels with Oregon’s Shepard’s Grain flour, and the meat lovers can choose from their house-made meats or choose a John Fremont from the menu: this sausage, egg, and cheese bagel sandwich is their most popular menu item. Parents like their welcoming atmosphere since they’re set up to serve tiny diners and their selection of schmears is crowd-pleasing among the little ones.
310 NW Broadway
photo: Blackheart Bagels
If you’re looking for a great, hardworking local businesswoman to support, look no further than Bethany Venooker. This New York transplant bakes every bagel herself, 7 days a week! Her bagels consist of just five hearty ingredients: Shepherd’s Grain flour, water, yeast, salt, and malt. All seeds and other flavors that are added are locally-sourced and it’s all vegan. Families can pick up her bagels at a number of retail locations as well as some of our favorite coffee shops around town. Check out the website to find them closest to you and make it tomorrow’s plan for the family breakfast.
photo: Sunrise Bagels by Zeela D. via Yelp
Looking for your bagel fix on the west side? Did the little ones wake you up at the crack of dawn… and it’s Saturday? You’re not alone. Come join the other parents and tots at Sunrise, where it’s hopping by 7:00am and the coffee is hot. The kids will have their pick of plenty of tasty bagel flavors, while you can treat yourself to cream cheese and lox or, perhaps, the very popular breakfast sandwich (Canadian Eggel, anyone?). The benefits are three-fold: fast and friendly service, affordable to feed the whole family, and just plain tasty. And hey, no need to pick up your coffee on the way… they have a full espresso menu. See you there this weekend!
10902 SW Barnes Rd.
Where does your family get your bagel fix? Let us know in the comments below!
– Marianne Walters