Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Vic's Bagel Bar
*Update 5/5/13: I recently learned that Vic's is now closed.
Yesterday I read on twitter about a bagel place in NYC that has gluten free bagels. I was instantly intrigued. I've had a few gluten free bagels in the last 10 months, but they've always been bought frozen at the grocery store and not very good. The thought of going into a normal bagel store and ordering a gluten free bagel was oddly exciting. My google search of Vic's Bagel Bar informed me that Vic's is only a short 4 block walk from my office. I obviously had to go this morning.
Vic's describes itself as a "specialty bagelry". I'm not sure bagelry is a word, but it is special in that instead of having different flavors of cream cheese, they have a few basics and then you mix in whatever you want. It's also special, in my mind, because they have gluten free bagels. Not only that, but I was amazed to find they have 4 different flavors of gluten free bagels: plain, poppy, sesame, and everything. This morning I had an everything gluten free bagel with low fat cream cheese. In with the cream cheese I mixed carrots and green peppers, because I like the crunch of veggie cream cheese, and I like to pretend I'm being healthy. I also got a medium tea.
Here are my thoughts: it is very exciting to be able to order a gluten free bagel for breakfast. The idea of adding your own mix ins to your cream cheese is kind of fun. But, and unfortunately there is a but, the gluten free bagel was very dense - as is the problem with many gluten free items. Not only that, but the breakfast put me back $7.95. Yikes. While I appreciate the fact that they have gluten free bagels as an option, I don't think I'll become a regular at Vic's.