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Bagel & Bean Local Foodie Find

845 Twelve Bridges Drive, Suite 140, Lincoln, 916-209-3995, IG: @_bagel_and_bean, FB: @bagelandbean

Another brave pair of entrepreneurs have decided to say “Now’s the time!” and open their business, despite the crazy Covid-19 climate we’ve endured the past year. And judging by the response, Bagel & Bean owners Cory and Heather Smart’s gamble has been a success. Their morning rush consists of lines out the door, and lunchtime is only slightly less busy. The reason for all of their sudden popularity is two-fold: quality bagels and Heather’s knowledge of the restaurant industry, which has helped guide them through an uncertain path of shutdowns and mandates. Cory didn’t just jump into the bagel business and start selling someone else’s product; being a trained chef made the transition to baker easier, although not without research and some trial and error. Seriously, these are the best bagels I’ve ever had, bar none. Couple a fantastic bagel with the “bagel-wich” (bagel sandwich) concept they loved from a spot in Humbolt County, throw in some cheffy touches, and you’ve got a success story unfolding in our neighborhood. I sampled a few sandwiches from their “Local Favorites” selection and wish I could’ve tried more: Veg Out (fresh-baked bagel topped with avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, carrots, and sprouts, topped with toasted everything bagel seasoning; Pepperoni Pizza (marinara, mozzarella, and pepperoni on the bagel of your choice), and Thai (peanut butter, cucumbers, carrots, jalapeño jelly, and green onions with your choice of bagel). All were delicious and huge. B&B also sells their house-made cream cheeses to go. Check their online menu for bagel selections (in addition to the classics, there’s often funky flavors, too, like Fruity Pebbles, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, and French Toast Crunch) and daily specials. The “Bean” component, i.e., specialty coffees, should be in full operation before this goes to print.


Bagel Junction
13332 Lincoln Way, Auburn, 530-889-0558,
TRY THIS: Bagel Dog

Bagel Junction


Big Apple Bagels
2209 Francisco Drive, Suite 160, El Dorado Hills, 916-936-4343,
TRY THIS: Asiago Melt

Love Birds Coffee & Tea Co.
4181 Highway 49, Diamond Springs, 530-300-9891,
TRY THIS: Blueberry Cinnamon Sugar

New York Bagel & Café
10929 Olson Drive, Rancho Cordova, 916- 631-9509,
TRY THIS: Nova Lox & Cream Cheese

Posh Bagel


Posh Bagel
25055 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 110, Folsom, 916-817-8800; 10305 Fairway Drive, Suite 130, Roseville, 916-771-2689,
TRY THIS: Eggwich Deluxe

—Lorn Randall

Bagel Junction photo by Jaro Antonio, @ninjafoodtime. Posh Bagel photo by @the.eats.diary

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