Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, so you better make it count. Why settle for a bowl of cereal or some eggs and toast when you can have a bagel. Right? Right. The same goes for lunch. When you can have a hearty, flavor-packed bagel sandwich, the Wonder Bread options start to look kind of pathetic.
If my husband isn’t whipping us up a batch of pancakes, french toast or his favorite breakfast casserole on the weekend (can you tell he does all of the breakfast cooking?), then we’re out looking for something to fill us up for whatever family adventure we have planned.
Fort Collins is home to not one, but two locally owned and operated Rocky Mountain Bagel Works locations: right by campus on West Elizabeth and the newer, just over a year old South store on Timberline and Harmony. I’ve been to both locations many times throughout the years and I have never been disappointed.
Rocky Mountain Bagel Works definitely has the most authentic bagels around. The crunchy shell on the outside gives them a nice contrasting texture to the chewy center. Add some of the gourmet cream cheeses in with that and you’ve got a winner. The vast flavor combinations is what I love most about Rocky Mountain Bagel Works. Spinach parmesan, sun dried tomato and cheddar, rosemary pepper, cranberry granola, three seed and honey and spicy green chili are all bagel flavors that you may not see in most bagel shops. The gourmet cream cheeses just put them over the top; sun dried tomato basil, green olive, maple walnut, cucumber dill, spinach artichoke and bacon horseradish. Clearly, there are so many mix and match flavors that are bound to start your day off right.
On this particular weekend we decided to go with their breakfast bagel sandwiches. My husband chose the “Troubled Heart” (egg, sausage, bacon, Taylor Ham, and cheddar cheese on a parmesan bagel for $5.79). This cholesterol concoction is setting him up for a heart attack but he would die a happy man after eating it. He’s always nice enough to save a bite for me and I was impressed. Now, I’m not much of a pork person – I could skip out on ham, however, this was a pretty darn good sandwich. The spice in the sausage really tied the rest of the meaty flavors together perfectly. Yum.
I got a simple lox and cream cheese on a whole wheat bagel ($4.75). I think this is one of the best traditional bagel sandwiches and it’s a great way to get a good amount of healthy protein in – which I’m always trying to do. Sort of. Anyway, one aspect that I really liked about this sandwich was that it was not overtaken by ungodly amounts of cream cheese. The ratio of cheese to bagel was balanced and unlike other bagel joints, I didn’t have to scrape off half a cup of excess goop.
Being the picky eater that he is, our preschooler got a sweet cinnamon sugar bagel with strawberry cream cheese ($2.58). He’s in this phase where he declares his dislike for all foods, regardless if he’s had it before and even if he’s yet to take a bite. This morning was no exception. After constant coaxing, telling him that it was really good, he was finally worn down and took a bite. “Yum! that’s really good!” he exclaimed. So, the bagels and cream cheese are sure to please the pickiest of eaters.
Breakfast bagel sandwiches, lunch options that even include peanut butter and jelly, pizza bagels, muffins, cinnamon rolls, cookies and croissants (filled with raspberry and cream cheese!), Rocky Mountain Bagel Works is perfect for any craving be it savory or sweet. It’s easy on the budget and there are healthy options too (lucky for those gym members leaving 24 Hour Fitness at the South location). I like it because it’s a simple way to get a delicious, portable weekend breakfast.
Rocky Mountain Bagel Works
2108 Milestone Drive
Kid-Friendly? Oh yeah.
Parking: Shopping center complex
Healthy options? Yes and if you eat half a bagel reducing the calories, it will fit in most diet plans
Budget-Friendly? Bagels range from $1.17 for a simple bagel with butter or jam to $5.79 for a sandwich.
Recent Health Inspection: Average