A Bagel of a Time at Noah’s New York Bagels [TGLRC #28]

Noah's New York Bagels counter

Noah’s New York Bagels in Livermore

Noah’s New York Bagels
1412 First Street
Livermore, CA 94550
(925) 454-9836
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Chewy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside; bagels are a wonderful creation dating back to 16th century Poland. It’s funny what you learn when you blog about great restaurants in town.

When I started writing about Noah’s New York Bagels, #28 of The Great Livermore Restaurant Challenge, I couldn’t help but wonder where bagels came from and how they are made.

Want to know? Check out this video on how to make real New York Bagels.

If you’re in the mood for a bagel Livermore only has one option, Noah’s. Not a fan? Pleasanton and Dublin offer a half-dozen different bagel shops to choose from. So no need to panic as there are plenty of choices in the Tri-Valley.

Since I was in the mood for a light lunch, and do most of my munchin’ in Livermore, I thought I’d give Noah’s in Livermore a try.

I came well after lunch and it looked like they were busy cleaning, so it took a moment or two to get their attention. This gave me the chance to look around the restaurant and snap a few photos. The restaurant is nice, modern and clean. Once they noticed I was waiting, they were very friendly and served me fast.

Pastrami, potato salad and tea

Pastrami, potato salad and tea

They offer a good assortment of different types of bagels and toppings. I went for the Pastrami and Swiss Melt on a toasted plain bagel ($6.99). It included a pickle and I chose their potato salad as a side. Since I’m trying to cut back on sugar, I went with their bottled Honest Tea ($2.84).

The problem with skipping fountain drinks and opting for a bottled beverage is that it boosts your bill quite a bit. In this case my grand total came to $10.46. Looking at my receipt, at my meal, then back at my receipt again, I grumbled silently at my choice. That’s a lot of money for a sandwich, side and a drink.

My Pastrami and Swiss was good though. The cheese over the tomatoes gave it a hot and juicy experience. My belly and taste buds were quite happy when I was done.

They also offer a decent selection of coffee, have an all-day breakfast, serve up soups, salads and even smoothies. They also have free WiFi. To connect, they have the code up on the TV above the coffee.

Looking at their reviews on Yelp they have a 2.5 star rating highlighted with complaints of messed up orders and poor customer service. It’s too bad because I’m sure that costs them customers. It’s an easy fix for the owners if they listen and take action. Even though it took a moment to get their attention after I walked in, I was quite happy with their food and service.

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