Hot Pastrami Sandwich on Bialy with Potato Pancake
The Bagel Snack in Pompano Beach, is one of those places where when you walk in, you feel as if you are in a very familiar place. From the feisty hostess to the familiar waitresses who call everybody "Sweetie," the Bagel Snack is a popular neighborhood hotspot for the blue-haired set of southwest Pompano, and they do a brisk business for breakfast and lunch. And as you sit there sipping coffee, the endless parade files in and out, and then you realize that everybody knows everybody else.
The Bagel Snack of course offers bagels, and while I am not a connoisseur, some acquaintances who think they are, told me that they have the best bagels in town. High praise that I always accept with a great grain of skepticism. New Yorkers would scoff at that claim, confidently assuring you that no bagels compare to bagels in New York, "It's the wau-duh." Even Gentiles from Cleveland, Ohio, know a bagel should be crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, and you should have all the expected varieties and fixin's to put on top, and Bagel Snack has you covered.
When you order lunch at Bagel Snack, they start you off with a tub of sweet-and-sour coleslaw topped with giant crispy garlic dills and cucumber pickles. I had breakfast at the Bagel Snack a few months ago, and they started me off with a slice of golden coffeecake to go with my coffee, the perfect indulgent appetizer while I waited for my eggs and it was an absolutely delicious surprise. The next time I went back it was specifically to taste that coffeecake again, but I got there at 15 minutes after 11:00 and the breakfast service was over.
As any self-respecting deli must do, the Bagel Snack shines on its sandwiches. The hot pastrami sandwich, while not the largest sandwich I've ever seen, was tender and traditionally flavorful. Ordering a hamburger at a deli may seem a sacrilege, but the cheeseburger at Bagel Snack is worth every penny over the cost of a fast-food chain burger.
The Bagel Snack has a deli counter as well, where you can get your bagels and bialys by the dozen along with all of your deli standards like Lox, and chunks of Herring, and Whitefish to-go. Aside from the baked goods, I find the deli on the expensive side, and have had freshness issues with a couple items that came from that refrigerated display case, (a block of turned Feta cheese, and a Potato Knish that tasted like it had sat next to an open container of chopped liver for a very long time).
The Bagel Snack is clean and friendly, and the restaurant runs like a well-oiled machine on Geritol. After 31 years in the business, they have to be doing something right, just stay away from some of the more obscure items in the deli.
1237 S. Powerline Road
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
Mon - Sat 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sun 6:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
** Room for improvement $ (Inexpensive)
$ = Inexpensive - Less than $15 / person , excluding drinks
$$ = Moderate - Between $15 and $25 / person excluding drinks
$$$ = Expensive - Between $26 and $35 / person excluding drinks
$$$$ = Very Expensive - Over $35 / person excluding drinks
Bill's menu recommendations: The Cheeseburger with fries is a classic, and served open-faced on a toasted Kaiser roll, with all the fixin's placed for easy personal assembly just the way you like it. The Hot Pastrami is tender and piled high enough. (next time I have to try their Ruben, one of my favorites).
Location: Powerline Road at the Southwest corner of Gateway Dr. (Between Atlantic and McNab).
Other locations: No
Parking: Plenty of free parking in a medium-sized strip shopping center
Eat-in: Breakfast and Lunch
Credit Cards accepted: MC and Visa
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Photo credits: W. Skordelis