Onion Bagel Roast Beef Sandwich
Bagels… gotta’ love ’em! Any type (plain, egg, onion, poppy seeds, blueberry, etc.), split in half, with a generous layer of (plain or flavored) cream cheese spread on each side, then ‘nuked’ to soften the cheese and bagel. One of those rare, perfect marriages of culinary delight.
Yesterday for lunch we visited Lox of Bagels, located on Sand Island Access Rd., where I ordered a Roast Beef Bagel Sandwich prepared the following way: a house-made toasted Onion Bagel, split and filled with a heaping layer of roast beef, Alfalfa sprouts, Manoa lettuce, tomato, red onion, mustard and mayo’, with a dill wedge on the side for $5.25. This my friends is purely a quality-over-quantity affair.
And how was it? Absolutely delicious. The chewy texture combined with the flavorful and toasty crust of the bagel with all that onions speckled on it was the perfect compliment to the heaping layer of roast beef and fresh vegetables. Speaking of quantity, it’s just right. Just enough that I could only eat half the sandwich in one sitting, waiting for that “second wind” to complete the other half about an hour later. And I was content. The dill pickle wedge was the perfect accompaniment. Along with roast beef, other sandwich offerings include ham, tuna, salami, pastrami, chicken salad and smoked turkey. All $5.25 each. You can also add cheese – cheddar, mozzarella, provolone or swiss – for 50 cents.
As you might expect from a dedicated bagel shop, Lox of Bagels is quite diverse in their offerings.
The star attraction, the bagels, are available in over 20 varieties. The usual suspects are there, plus some interesting others such as Banana Walnut (yum), Jalapeno, Taro, “Hawaiian” and guava. My favorite has always been the onion bagel, which is what I opted for on my sandwich above. You can select any variety for your sandwich order. Bagels alone are $.95 each, $5.40 for a half dozen and $10.80 for a baker’s dozen (13).
They have a variety of cream cheese spreads that are pre-prepared in containers in a self-serve refrigerator near the front counter. These flavored spreads include plain, honey, cinnamon walnut, spinach herb, chive, strawberry, guava, lox, garden vegetable, Japaleno-Cheddar, cucumber onion dill and bacon-scallion. Available in 2 oz. or 8 oz. sizes between $1.25 to $5.50 each.
The lox spread has the salmon incorporated into the cream cheese. If you prefer a true New York style “Lox and Bagel”, they have what’s called “The Manhattan, which uses whole slices of smoked Salmon (Lox) and I think onions and capers. Well it should. It’s kinda’ pricey at $7.75.
A popular time to go there is during breakfast (they open at 5am M-F), where you can get a tasty (hey I like that word!) Bagel Breakfast Sandwich that includes a buttered bagel split in half and filled with eggs, with or without other additions of cheese, bacon or ham. Someone needs to suggest they put Portuguese Sausage on that list! At $2.30 tp 3.95 respectively, that’s a pretty good deal. I’ve had these before and let me tell you, it really fills you up and energizes you for that long work day ahead!
They also have bagel pizzas and melts. Here’s the Pepperoni and Cheese…
Pizza Bagel: Onion Bagel topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella and slices of pepperoni, $3.25 (for both halves).
My friend who ordered that gave it a “thumbs up”. He also ordered this quite unique twist here, simply called the Bagel Dog!…
$2.75 gets you one these absolutely awesome dogs. A jumbo all-beef Oscar Mayer wiener, wrapped in a toasty, chewy bagel bun.. come on! Don’t tell me that doesn’t sound good! It’s awesome! He gave me a good-sized sample to try and I absolutely loved it. Lox of Bagels needs to set up a cart at the UH football games and sell these. Guaranz’ they’d sell out. Bring in a Matson container full of ’em. I’ll eat every one. lol
OK, enough with that Bagel Dog. It’s making me hungry.
Their other specialty are the Bagel “Puffs”, which are flavored bagels shaped like a manapua instead of a doughnut. There’s a Cinnamon Raisin puff with cream cheese filling @ $85 cents each, or specialty puffs (chocolate or peanut butter) @ 1.20 each. They even have one with Azuki beans. There’s also a bagel danish.
Lastly there’s Auntie Sunny’s Bagel Chips. Basically toasted, crispy slices (chips) of bagels (usually made from the previous days leftovers), flavored with cinnamon sugar, buttery garlic or Parmesan Garlic. $5.25-$5.75 for a generous-sized bag. Great snack!
They also have salads, including chicken, Mediterranean, Mandarin Chicken and fresh fruit. They used to have soups, but they crossed it off the menu. Guess those weren’t popular.
Being an early riser, they fittingly offer a list of coffee drinks, including Espresso, Red Eye and Cafe Latte to name a few, in single or double sizes. You can also add flavored shots.
Lox of Bagels is located on the far left end corner in a strip mall at the end of the main drag of Sand Island Access Rd… The shop itself is rather small, making it mostly a take-out affair, with just a few small tables inside.
Next time you’re hungry for a different kind of sandwich for breakfast or lunch, or if you simply love bagels, swing by and check out Lox of Bagels. Highly recommended.
LOX OF BAGELS
Sand Island Center
111 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
Tel: (808) 845-2855 Fax: (808) 845-8679
Mon-Fri: 5:00am to 3:00pm
Sat: 6:30am to 2pm Sun: closed