Brooklyn's Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel (Tastes Like None of the Above)
By now, you may well have heard of the bacon, egg, and cheese bagel from the The Bagel Store in Williamsburg. That'd be bacon, egg, and cheese baked into the bagel, mind you—not just tossed on top. (Props for the concept. Whether this is better designed for the re-Tweeting of food bloggers or the bleary-eyed cravings of the neighborhood's Sunday afternoon legions of hungover 20-somethings, we really couldn't say. )
But without a confirmed report of how the thing actually tasted, we had to pick up a few for ourselves. The verdict: It's kinda tasty—but not in the manner of bacon, or egg, or cheese. Or a bagel, for that matter.
What it tastes like? Black pepper. More than anything else. Until you get a little bacon nub, which are in there, but they're not exactly plentiful; if you're looking for a whole bagel that tastes of bacon, this isn't it. The texture isn't quite bagel-like, either. There's no real exterior crust, and the gentle, soft crumb reminded us more of a lard bread—presumably due to the extra fat from the cheese and, we're guessing, bacon drippings.
"This does not need to exist!" said Ed, all but shaking his fist. I don't think I agree—it's kind of compelling, in its own salty, peppery way. But if you're hankering for a bacon, egg, and cheese bagel, we'd recommend on instead of in.
The Bagel Store
247 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211 (map)