Of course I’ve been to Noah’s dozens of times to get bagels, but I’d never gotten lunch there before. Until now. To be honest, I almost skipped it, having never considered it an eating establishment.
We moseyed in just after noon and there was no line. I guess most people, like me, don’t think of Noah’s when they’re deciding what to have for lunch. So the service was speedy.
I had kind of assumed that lunch there automatically meant some sort of meat stuck between two bagel halves slathered in cream cheese, which is of course delicious but high in calories. (Foolishly enough, my other resolution for the new year was to lose weight, which may seem somewhat at odds with my quest to eat my way down Solano Ave.) But there were many options that were less bulky. I had a delicious Tuscan chicken pesto sandwich, served on a “thintastic” bagel, which is a slim 140 calories compared to their regular bagels, which weigh in at 260. Dave had one of their thintastic egg whites and said he was “pleasantly surprised.” Besides the cooked egg white on the thintastic bagel, there was asparagus, mushrooms, and swiss cheese. And there were lots of other choices that sounded good as well, including soup, salads, paninis , and open-face melts. Who knew?
The lunch comes with your choice of one side. I got the fruit cup, which was four or five chunks of honeydew melon, a few grapes, and a bit of pineapple, which was fine. It was perfectly filling and only $6.99. (Dave got his a la carte.)
I asked for a take-out menu, but they don’t make them. The guy behind the counter really wanted to make me happy, though, so he gave me one of their catering brochures. The next time you find yourself hosting a big casual gathering early in the day, go no further than Noah’s. They can fix you up with coffee, o.j., cream cheese, lox, and, of course, a wide variety of bagels.
My verdict? It was a healthy, inexpensive, quick, tasty lunch. It would have been perfect for a picnic. Or you could just do what I did, which was bring it home and eat it while watching Bob’s Burgers on Netflix.