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Since Bagel Boy opened their doors on St Nicholas Street well over a year ago they become such a Bristol institution that I don’t actually remember a time when they weren’t there. In the same way that as a kid you totally take for granted the fact that your Mum makes your sandwiches everyday, I’ve taken it for granted that Bagel Boy are always there – luring me in with their cheeky fish finger bagels and incredible 80’s playlists. This is all, of course, a poor metaphorical excuse for not blogging about them sooner…I was probably just too busy eating and was being lazy!
Anyway, it’s better late than never, and following a top notch Friday lunch time with Bagel Boy last week I decided it was about time we gave them some much deserved blog lovin’. I’ve mentioned before that Friday lunches are kiiiind of a big deal around these parts, so the decision of where to go is not one to be taken lightly. However, whenever we visit Bagel Boy the decision is always unanimous.
So a little bit of background…After doing the rounds at festivals the Bagel Boy crew popped up serving their namesake out of the front of Elbow Room on Park Street. This must have been at least two years ago, and they built up quite the following, so when they took over their current home on St Nicholas Street it came as no surprise. The location has always been a little unloved in the past, with lots of different ventures coming and going, but for Bagel Boy it seems to be so far, so good!
Bagel Boy’s bagels are provided by It’s Just Nice favourites Everything Bagels, and it never ceases to amaze me how they can come up with so many ways to fill them – the menu includes everything from classics such as smoked salmon and cream cheese through to burger bagels (Burgles?!) and all sorts of unusual fillings.
Being the creature of habit that I am I nearly always go for the same thing – The Finger Boy. Partly because it has a name that makes me snigger but mainly because whoever decided to put home made fish fingers, minted mushy peas and tartare sauce in a bagel is a goddamn genius as far as I’m concerned. I do sometimes divert from my usual, and I can confidently report back that I’ve never been disappointed with a single bite of any of them. Sides include fries, onion rings and my personal favourites, sweet potato fries, and there are several different meal deal options, depending on how hungry you are. That said, expect to never pay more than a tenner – prices are reasonable!
Service is snappy and the atmosphere is as familiar as if you’d just walked into a mate’s living room, providing your mates are the kind of people who have exceptional taste in 80’s music and are always the first people to volunteer to host an after party. At lunch you can expect to queue and in the evenings, especially on the weekend you can expect it to be busy, often with DJ and live music. But let’s face it – you don’t go for an intimate, romantic meal at a Bagel joint, do you, so who needs quiet anyway?