In our July 1 issue we caught up with Bagel Boys Cafe owner-operator John Lamb, who recently opened his third location in Sandy Springs. He told us his bagels can stand up to any Atlanta has to offer.

So how does Bagel Boys match up with the rest of our fine city’s bagel offerings? We find out in this edition of Better Know a Bagel.


Atmosphere

Shop owner John Lamb serves up steamed bagels that are perfect for lunch sandwiches such as this delicious tuna melt.

Shop owner John Lamb serves up steamed bagels that are perfect for lunch sandwiches such as this delicious tuna melt.

Walk into the newest Bagel Boys location in Sandy Springs and you’ll be greeted by a rare sight: baskets upon baskets of fresh bagels filled to the brim, with no glass separating you and your soon-to-be-devoured delicacy. Lamb said he designed the racks so customers could come in and grab a dozen bagels quickly without having to wait. The rest of the shop is equally impressive, with clean and contemporary tables, chairs and couches and free WiFi, making Bagel Boys a great place for an afternoon lunch meeting or a weekend stop.

Verdict: 5/5

Bagels

Rather than traditional boiled bagels, Bagel Boys serves up light and airy steamed bagels perfect for sandwiches and open-face melts. Lamb said he chose to steam his discs because boiled bagels can be heavy and hard to chew. For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with the signature lox or egg-and-cheddar bagel, and for lunch I recommend the open-face tuna melt on an everything bagel. Bagel Boys also bakes rotating specialty bagel flavors each month, such as French toast, cinnamon crunch and cheddar.

Verdict: 4/5

 Spreads

Bagel Boys makes its cream cheese in house in a variety of flavors, including very berry, spinach and artichoke, and rotating specialty schmears. I found the cream cheese at Bagel Boys to be light

The interior of Bagel Boys Cafe

The interior of Bagel Boys Cafe

enough for easy spreading but heavy enough to satisfy. The shop also makes tasty fruit smoothies to wash down your bagel and schmear. The signature Canyon Cooler smoothie is a delicious treat to take with you on your way out the door.

Verdict: 4/5

Overall

I highly recommend a Sunday morning stop at Bagel Boys after your weekly Costco or Home Depot run. The shop is also a great place to grab lunch or just get some work done while hooked up to the WiFi. Although I haven’t been to Bagel Boys’ two locations in Alpharetta, I think I’ll be visiting them soon.

Verdict: 4.5/5

More Photos (Photos by David R. Cohen)

Next time: Bagel Palace in Toco Hills

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