Bagel Emporium vs. Roasters' n Toasters: The Great Caper Rip-off

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John Zur
Bagel Emporium's bagel and lox to-go.
A great bagel with lox/nova in Miami is about as rare as a sold-out Marlins game. In South Miami, two local bagel places were tested head-to-head. Both Bagel Emporium and Roasters' n Toasters are located on South Dixie Highway, just three miles -- or four minutes -- apart.

Bagel Emporium

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.

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John Zur
The bagel and lox platter at Roasters' n Toasters.
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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Location Info

Roasters' n Toasters

9465 S. Dixie Highway, Pinecrest, FL

Category: Restaurant

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7 comments
JoshuaPerpstein
JoshuaPerpstein

Sounds like the writer has never had a real bagel or lox in his life.

Ashleym Jimenez
Ashleym Jimenez

The Bagel Express has the best bagels in Miami, hands down. Also fresh, hot and ready for the best nova/lox!

softshooz
softshooz

Einstein bagels are awful. And they only use that whipped cream cheese that is even worse. Real cream cheese in not light and fluffy.  It shouldn't melt when spread on a toasted bagel.  And if the bagels were any good, they wouldn't need to be toasted in the first place.

Gabfestdata
Gabfestdata

4 mins apart? I'm guessing you went ealry Saturday or Sunday moring. Its like 15-20 mins at 7:30 on weekdays

Doug-g
Doug-g

 I suggest The Muffin Tin. It's just down the street and their platters come with capers at no additional charge. Very yummy.

Lulu
Lulu

 you had it mostly right until you suggested einstein bros as a credible alternative. most frozen bagels from publix are better.

Jose D. Duran
Jose D. Duran

I want to say John is saying a horrible national chain is better than these two, implying that the two are worse. At least, I'd like to believe that's the case.

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