In my quest to unearth every bagel shop Atlanta has to offer, I often discover some truly unusual destinations. But this week I may have found the rarest bagel bakery of them all.

Sunny’s Bagel & Deli on Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw is run by a Venezuelan family in a space formerly occupied by a Manhattan Bagel shop. As such, it’s one of the only places in the city where you can wash down a bagel and schmear with a piping-hot cafe con leche.

So how does Sunny’s stack up to Atlanta’s best? Find out in this week’s edition of Better Know a Bagel.

Atmosphere

As a former Manhattan Bagel, Sunny’s might be one of the last remaining places in the United States that has the same classic tables, countertops and wall decor as the Manhattan Bagels of yesteryear. Take a peek in the fridge and you might even find a Dr. Brown’s Cream Soda sitting next to a Colombian Postobón Apple drink. The furnishings may be straight out of 1997, but the nostalgia makes for a great place to enjoy a warm, toasty bagel.

Verdict: 4/5 bagels

Sunny's Lox bagel was good but not spectacular.

Sunny’s Lox bagel was good but not spectacular.

Bagels

The bagels at Sunny’s are boiled and baked on location in classic style. I found them to be a bit heavy on the seasoning but adequately filled and not too dense. Sunny’s version of a lox bagel was good but nothing to write home about. The real crown jewel at this bakery is the variety of traditional Hispanic food, including arepas, tequenos and empanadas. When I arrived at the deli for a late breakfast, patrons were already ordering the fried, cheesy delicacies.

Verdict: 4/5 bagels

Spreads

Sunny’s spread options are slim, but we enjoyed the regular cream cheese. It was light and creamy but dense enough to satisfy. If you make it out to Sunny’s, I recommend one of the signature egg bagel sandwiches or a simple bagel and cream cheese.

Verdict: 3/5 bagels

The Fridge at Sunny's carries an interesting variety of drinks including a Dr. Brown’s Cream Soda sitting next to a Colombian Postobón Apple drink

The fridge at Sunny’s carries an interesting variety of drinks including a Dr. Brown’s Cream Soda sitting next to a Colombian Postobón Apple drink

Overall

This bagel joint is both a true throwback and an impressive fusion eatery. You wouldn’t think Venezuelan cuisine could go so well with bagels and coffee, but Sunny’s makes it work. I recommend a visit to this old-school bagel cafe in Kennesaw.

Verdict: 3.5/5 bagels

Next time: Hoboken Bread & Bagel in Marietta

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