The Perfect Bagel Comes from the Bin

Lucy Ambrose enjoys a plain bagel sandwich of egg and cheese from the Bagel Bin on Jan. 21. Photo by Mary Ambrose.

By J1 Reporter Mary Ambrose

A perfect Sunday morning calls for a solid bagel and some hot coffee. You cannot miss out on this simple yet wonderful bagel spot at 119th and Pacific Streets, just across from St. Roberts church and school. The Bagel Bin is unique to any other bagel shops in Omaha. It has been kosher since its opening in 1977, and they do not serve any meat. Even though there is no meat served, the restaurant does not lack options.

Each day, they make many different flavors of bagels. From asiago to blueberry bagels, they have it all including a plethora of toppings. Whether you are feeling egg salad or a cream cheese bagel, they will make it happen. If you are craving a sweet treat to go with your coffee, they also serve a variety of homemade donuts and pastries. Many delicious cakes are perfect to take to-go. There are also mini biscuit bagels that are dog friendly, so if you have a furry friend at home, these are definitely worth purchasing. Though the bagels are the main hit, there are so many other options you cannot go wrong.

The original founders of the Bagel Bin, Joel and Susan Brezack, moved from Long Island, New York, in 1977, and brought traditional New York style bagels with them. They followed a kosher diet due to their Jewish religion, and they implemented that into their bagel shop. In 2022, on the second generation of family ownership, they are still Kosher, but cater to all backgrounds.

The crowd creates a perfect atmosphere for just about anyone. Whether you want to go with your family, by yourself, or with a group of friends, the Bagel Bin will meet your needs. If you have kids, there are many items on the menu that they can eat, along with a variety of juices and milks. If you want a leisure morning reading the paper, you can enjoy some quiet time in a booth toward the back of the restaurant. If you want to play games such as chess with your friends, you are always welcome to.  

If you are looking for a casual and cheap breakfast spot with a close community feel, where all bagels are under $5, try out the Bagel Bin. You can go anytime between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. The workers are friendly, the vibe is casual, and the service is great. Your food will be out in 5 to 10 minutes. As someone who has tried a New York style bagel, this is as close as you’re going to get to it!

5/5 stars

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