Let’s just get it out of the way -- this isn’t about tacos.
It has nothing to do with tacos, what’s inside of tacos, where you can get them, which ones are the best, which ones are scammin’, and, just to be entirely transparent, this also has nothing to do with tortillas.
It can be hard being the other breakfast option in Austin, a city lauded for its tacos. A city so into its own taco scene that it once engaged in an all-out mayoral taco “war” with neighboring San Antonio.
Did this 1977 ‘Texas Monthly’ article declare Austin the breakfast taco war winner before it even began?
But when it comes to a carb-heavy, savory breakfast you have options. Bagels are harder to come by in these parts, but they are out there. Here are five places that won’t have you regretting that you opted to get a taco another day:
You’ll have to brave a line. Nervous Charlie’s often sees a line out the door come weekend mornings, but that’s just what we call a good sign in Austin, Texas. This spot has its bagel dough shipped directly from New York City and pairs that with local ingredients to make “straightforward, simple bagels” and a variety of “ridiculous” schmears and sandwiches. Nervous Charlie’s is named after the owner’s cute, “nervous weirdo” dog, Charlie.View this post on Instagram
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Rockstar is one of Austin’s older bagel institutions. The business has been around since March 2009 and, in Austin style, was started by an unemployed local drummer who was really craving a bagel. Rockstar provides bagels to various bakeries, coffee shops and grocery stores around town. These bagels are “fermented, boiled and freshly baked” every day of the week and can be made into a variety of different sandwich offerings.View this post on Instagram
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With two locations in town Wholy Bagel is a solid option for a bacon-egg-and-cheese or a blueberry bagel with cream cheese. But don’t get it twisted. This is no New York bagel. Mainly because it’s a New Jersey bagel. According to the Jewish Outlook, Wholy Bagel bakes its bagels in an Italian oven made specifically for bagel-baking.View this post on Instagram
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Big City Bagels and Subs
This “hole in the wall sleeper,” as put by one Reddit user, might not prove as popular as Austin’s other bagel options, but it promises hard-on-the-outside, soft-and-warm-on-the-inside bagel goodness. Community Impact reports that the owner of this family-run business previously used his recipe to make bagels in New York and has brought that straightforward deli mentality to Austin. Online reviews rave about this place across the board.View this post on Instagram
Pastrami, egg, and cheese. #austineats
Rosen’s Bagel Co.
Rosen’s Bagel Co. has a lineup of your typical bagel offerings and sells them out of Wright Bros. Brew & Brew and Tiny House Coffee. Rosen’s founder has experience in fine dining and went as far as to alter the pH levels of Austin tap water to recreate a New York bagel. Rosen’s bagels can also be bought at a few other places throughout town, including Biderman’s Deli.View this post on Instagram
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