Bagel City South serves up deli favorites in South Boca Raton and transports you to the New York City area. The strip mall that houses the restaurant has always seemed like a strange oasis on SW 18th Street, but this place is always busy. They have a few tables outside, but we preferred a booth inside in the air conditioning.
The deli counter holds all of the goodies with all kinds of deli meats and salads. The guys behind the counter keeps the ‘to-go’ line moving quickly and there is no question they are New York imports and know their way around a deli. We laughed at the ‘booths are for waitress service only’ sign and figured that the largely retiree clientele pushes that rule from time to time.
We were told to sit anywhere and we headed over to the corner booth. We were greeted with menus and a friendly hello, but it took a bit longer than expected to get out drinks. The breakfast menu is straight out of New York with salads, lox, omelets, bagels and bialys. A friendly note to customers on the menu states “due to high interest rate levied against us by credit card companies, we ask if convenient, your gratuity be left in cash. Thank you the management”. We wondered what other rules were to come.
The service was good, but could have been a bit more attentive with coffee re-fills. Our server was friendly and the wait staff seemed to work well together, which was a bonus. Our food came out in maybe 15-20 minutes.
Salami omelet with home fries and a bialy ($8.99). Omelets are made with three eggs, but we’re not fans of the super thin, rolled up variety. While fresh, it’s not easy to eat without it unrolling. The salami was a great choice and packed lots of flavor. I had pondered getting the bacon omelet, but based on Jeff’s bacon, I’m SO GLAD I picked salami. The bialy was toasted, but it soon became too hard and chewy to really enjoy.
French Slam ($9.99) – 2 eggs, 2 bacon, 2 sausages and 2 French toast. The star of the plate was the brioche French toast. Crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, it was a great way to start the morning. The eggs were fresh and cooked over medium and the sausage links were tasty. Our breakfast casualty was the dead bacon. Very over cooked and ZERO flavor.
Prices seemed to be a bit on the high side for many of the items and felt that it might be best to stick to the bagels here on a future visit. We liked the vibe and it was fun to watch the guys behind the counter yelling orders. If you like the New York deli experience, you might want to check out Bagel City South. If you are more of a diner fan, might be best to stick to just a quick bagel on the go.