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OC's better or best lox & bagels resto breakfast?

OCBites Feb 20, 2010 09:08 AM

Woo boy, was my latest breakfast at Benjie's in Tustin a disappointment.

Can anyone suggest a a better spot for lox/bagels in teh morning?? TIA

  1. christoofat Feb 23, 2010 01:26 PM

    Have only been here once (on a whim passing by), but I had my usual (everything w/ schmear, and an Americano to go. The bagel was huge & well flavored, and they serve Kean's coffe there. There was another party dining in & one of them got a bagel w/ lox & it looked pretty good from where I stood.

    My personal fave Everythings are from Einstein's

    Also , seconded on Break of Dawn. If you want a Breakfast Experience, look no further.

    1. ocshooter Feb 23, 2010 10:25 AM

      I have not found a good spot in OC, I usually just buy some lox and do it at home. The portions at Jerry's are way too small, so that's out. You might try Katella Deli, I know folks who swear by it for other things. Zovs does have the gravalox, but it is not quite the same thing.

      But, if you want to try a twist on it, go to Break of Dawn and get the lox there. They serve it on a little crispy pancake thing and do pile on the lox. It isn't traditional, but it is good.

      1. OC Mutt Feb 21, 2010 12:37 PM

        Shirley's Bagels has the best bagel in OC. I recommend their everything bagel which I have almost every other weekend - crisp outside, flavorful everything crust including a wonderful hit of salt. The lox are good as well but they have a weird system for ordering lox and bagels where they call it a "sandwich" and you get some potato salad on the side, which I'm sure other people might enjoy but I only wanted the bagel and lox. You order at the counter, though there are plenty of chairs and tables.
        http://www.shirleysbagels.com/ (website appears to only have a home page and isn't ready yet) 3 locations - Newport beach (Jamboree and Bristol), Costa Mesa (17th street) and Laguna Beach (Broadway).

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        1. re: OC Mutt
          Das Ubergeek Feb 21, 2010 06:27 PM

          I'll go along with this, but only if you get the bagels fresh. They re-sell their bagels to Kean Coffee and cold they are not a success. (I have issues with the food at Kean, honestly... but the coffee is so awesome that I don't care about the food.)

          Buy the lox elsewhere, though.

        2. j
          jaykayen Feb 20, 2010 10:07 AM

          my dad loves the ones at Katella Deli.

          1. j
            JBC Feb 20, 2010 09:24 AM

            This is just FYI - Because I've never had it there; however, if I wanted somewhere in Tustin, I'd put Zov's on my short list to-try:

            ... "Bagel & Gravlox - House-cured gravlox, red onion, capers, tomato with a toasted chewy
            bagel and cream cheese"...


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            1. re: JBC
              OCAnn Feb 20, 2010 09:06 PM

              I've had it here; they're good but not stand-out.

              1. re: OCAnn
                JBC Feb 21, 2010 07:01 AM

                Alright, then where is the nearest "stand-out" place ?

                (If there is one ?).

                1. re: JBC
                  OCAnn Feb 21, 2010 02:08 PM

                  Hmmm...I really haven't had one where it made me want to go back for more. For a place closer to home, I usually go to Bagel Bistro on the S/W corner of Brea and Bastanchury Blvds (Fullerton). While I really like the bagels here, the lox is good but not as good as Zov's.

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