A titan among punny restaurants has been in the corner of my vision every single time I’ve driven home from the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market this year. Something about this brisk, 60 degree morning made me miss Surf Bagel in Delaware, where I regularly stopped for a coffee and a New York Style bagel before going in to work just down the road from their Lewes location. Lox, Stock'n Bagel called to me, and I answered it one morning after a veggie heavy market stop.
The moment I walked in the door, I felt the same kind of comfort of a breakfast stop at Surf Bagel. The counter of bagels. The local coffee. The chalkboard walls with the prices in the background. Few things are as comforting to me in the early morning. COVID-19 precautions have put their limits on exactly how we can all enjoy these sorts of places, but the pandemic hasn’t stopped patrons from gathering together at the outdoor seating after a nice bike ride or after their own stops at the market.
As is the new norm, everyone behind the counter wore a mask and behaved with clear attention to cleanliness. Most of the patrons took their seats outside, and everyone else who came in to pick something up for home, like me, made sure to stand apart as they ordered and again as they waited for their selections to be passed over the counter for them. The COVID-19 traditions settled in well in the cozy breakfast place, and I felt both safe and comfortable there.
I ordered a plain bagel to go with a side of cream cheese while I ordered an everything bagel and a garlic bagel for my husband once he got out of his weekend shift at work. The variety of flavors available is much like what I’ve found at bagel shops on the east coast, and for that I’m grateful. There has been a bagel shaped hole in my life since we moved back to the Midwest that I didn’t realize could exist, but we have filled it.
Just look at the crumb texture on the inside of that bad boy. The lighting in my office was piss poor that morning, but good lord. I knew I was in for a good breakfast.
These bagels can also be the base for a variety of breakfast sandwiches, but I’ll be honest with you, I thrive on the simple breakfast of a bagel and cream cheese. They have a variety of coffees and smoothies available to augment your breakfast in the morning if you aren’t the sort of person who can subsist on carbs and cheese until lunch time. If ever there was a good place to stop for breakfast in the city of Green Bay, this place is definitely up there.
It’s never been so important to support your local restaurants and producers, so Green Bay Type People, please give Lox, Stock'n Bagel a follow on facebook. Stop in for breakfast one of these days. Eat well and often, especially if you have the means. We have already seen this pandemic claim food businesses in this wonderful city, and if we can stop that from continuing to happen, the world will be better for it when things get back to normal.
Thanks to Lox, Stock'n Bagel for scratching the itch I’ve had since November 2019 and providing myself and my husband with bagels so good that I missed the East Coast a little bit less.