I Love My Stomach Blog: "Bagels are Gangsta, too"- The Bagel Store, Brooklyn, NY / by Shanelle Gabriel

I'm a binge eater, meaning when I like something, I eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This week, bagels are seeping from my pores; I'm downing them like a frat boy downs cheap beer.

This is my second consecutive day at my favorite bagel spot in Brooklyn. It's not filled with intellectuals reading books or having meetings like a Starbucks. The air isn't filled with orders being yelled in heavy New York accents like most Bagel Boys in the morning. The Bagel Store at 247 Bedford Avenue at N 6th in Williamsburg is much more like the neighborhood itself: chill, diverse, and filled with a lot of things to make this 'fat girl at heart' feel like she's in heaven.

The owner is a bald dude named Scot Rossillo with small hoop earrings who looks like he may have left the mafia for the food industry. His photo on the wall shows his self proclaimed title: "Bedford's Real F*cking Bagel Man." Only a gangsta like him with a background in flavoring from culinary school can make that claim. I believe him.

I usually come in the store not knowing what I want (it's more fun that way). One of the friendly guys behind the counter ask the regular question: "What do you feel for? Sweet or savory?" My options are endless. Maybe I'll go for the Apple-Cinnamon Cream Cheese (with real pieces of apple in it) on the sweet, red colored Cake Bagel. Or how about the new Mexi-Cali Cream Cheese on a spicy Jalapeno-Cheddar Bagel? Someone behind me orders the Bacon & Cheddar Cream Cheese on an Egg Bagel and the yummy Sun-dried Tomato Tofu Cream Cheese on an Everything Multi-Grain Bagel. I think I'll go for my favorite: The French Toast Bagel topped with powdered sugar, toasted and buttered. Add syrup to the butter to make the sweet sandwich complete.

Scot tells me with the excitement of a mad scientist, "Ya oughta try the macaroni and cheese bagel. Samples are ova there. I'm still workin on it in tha back, but just gettin a feel of what folk think, ya get me?" They make all of their bagels and cream cheeses in store, and specialize in random experimental flavors. Who would've known String Bean Casserole or Blueberry Cheese Cake would end up on a traditional breakfast item?

The Bagel Store also has your typical deli delicacies. Boars Head, turkey bacon, eggs, pancakes, and oatmeal are on the menu. I greatly suggest you wash it all down with the best machine-made Chai Latte I've ever had (savor the cinnamon that settles at the bottom of the cup. Ahhhh!)

I discovered this gem when I worked for Redbull. They'd give us free bagels back then, but I've upgraded to being a paying customer. Where else can you eat a sweet or savory meal and drink some good tea for no more than $4? It's well worth it and more. So as I binge on bagels for the next few weeks till I find my next addiction, you know exactly where I'll be: at "Bedford's real f*ckin bagel store."

The Bagel Store
247 Bedford Ave (at N 6th Street) or 745 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY

Open 7 Days a week