If you want kosher-style food , but don’t want to traipse all the way to the Big Apple, then check out the Bagel. With another location at Old Orchard as well, the Chicago one is located at 3107 N Broadway. When you enter the charming bistro , you are greeted with Broadway posters and homey touches like the salamis hanging from the wall. There are also places to purchase pastries, cookies, and also the homemade authentic challah in the cases in the front of the restaurant.
Friendly servers bring noshes to the table for nibbling while you wait for your food. And what treats they are. Authentic dill kosher pickles are cut in spears with baskets of bagels and challah. Their homemade challah is light and flaky and perfect to go with a bowl of matzoh ball soup. The ball soaked up the broth and was so big that it took up most of the bowl. It was the perfect touch on a cold, rainy night. You could almost picture Bubbe at the stove cooking the soup. Another treat was the kugel. It is a delicious dish that is definitely from the Old Country. It had a browned crust on top that was both flaky and crunchy. Each layer was a sweet, mouthwatering delight. The one thing I couldn’t get over were the size of the latkes or “potato pancakes” . I had only seen flat and thin pancakes, but these ones were more like hamburgers. They were plump and full. I just couldn’t get enough of them and covered them with applesauce. At owner Danny’s suggestion, we washed it all down with a glass of old fashioned cream soda. It was the perfect accompaniment to the meal.
The Bagel also specializes in full meals like roast chicken, tongue, steak, and a brisket so tender that it would make a vegan convert. (It’s that delicious) All meals are accompanied with filling side dishes and you definitely won’t go home hungry. You might even want to take some of the homemade pastries home to savor later. It’s this kind of care that has kept the Bagel with it’s various locations in business for over sixty years. So whether you want a full dinner or a little nosh, the Bagel should be one of your stops. So you’re hungry. so eat!