Bagel Emporium vs. Roasters' n Toasters: The Great Caper Rip-off
|Bagel Emporium's bagel and lox to-go.|
The bagel with nova ($9.95) starts out innocently enough. Add "the works," according to the employee we encountered, and the price becomes $12.95 with the addition of lettuce, tomato, onions, cream cheese, and a lemon wedge. The request of capers brought with it an "open-price deli" charge of $2. It wasn't nearly worth it. The bagel was heavy and stiff. The salmon was thick and slimy. A tiny container of cream cheese was provided. The lettuce, tomato, onion, and lemon wedge arrived so bountifully we could have made a salad out of the produce. And as for those capers, they came in a ridiculously small container.
|The bagel and lox platter at Roasters' n Toasters.|
Déjà vu? I ate a similarly dense bagel with an overpriced platter of produce ($13.95), except the platter came with no tomatoes: a mistake on the part of the kitchen. And by the way, where in hell did they get their produce?! The cucumbers were so huge I had to ask if Barry Bonds grew 'em. Our server brought a plate of sliced beefsteak tomatoes after we pointed out the mistake. Capers aren't included, but our server brought us a container of them at no additional charge. As for the nova, it was thick, flavorful, and not overly smoked. The cream cheese was flavorful.
The winner: There are only losers here. Both Bagel Emporium and Roasters' n Toasters' plates are chock full of too many veggies that you won't use. Capers aren't a standard accompaniment at either location. The prices at both restaurants are outrageous. And the bagels weren't good. Do yourself a favor and hit up the Einstein Bros. located midway between the two.
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