My Favorite Muffin is a developed chain of bagel places sparsely covering the country. There will soon be 100 locations around the United States, thanks much in part to a popular breakfast bagel menu bringing in a hefty lunch crowd. My Favorite Muffin primarily makes bagel sandwiches and coffee with hours strictly in mornings and early afternoons, but it also sells its bagels by the dozen in a multitude of varieties. Also, each location is locally and independently owned and operated, giving what otherwise sounds like a big bad chain a local flavor.
The menu of bagel sandwiches come in many varieties, most based in New York-style fast food. Not surprisingly, the bagels themselves are outstanding and I highly recommend them; discounted “day old” bagels are cheaper but they stay good for a long time. There are onion and asiago cheese varieties for savory options, and sweeter blueberry or cinnamon bagels for sweet teeth. This place has more varieties of bagel than I have seen anywhere else, and I have to say, I never tasted a bagel I didn’t like from here. All of them are good base flavors, though I suppose that also depends on what you put in each.
Bagel sandwiches are a little more expensive than I am used to, but I guess that’s a sign of the times. The meats in them are fresh, the vegetables are fresh, and altogether they taste pretty good. The menu is relatively average in terms of size and variety, but it does have the appeal of a variety of healthy options. Most of the menu items are designed to be decent breakfasts or light lunches. They’re pretty good at that, but it also means they aren’t terribly filling.
Service is average. There are usually a lot of people working busy breakfast and lunch hours, so you can’t expect a lot more than assembly line-style efforts. The restaurant is a walk up counter so there aren’t servers, and I get the idea coming back time and again that things feel a little impersonal. That’s the cost, I suppose, of such a busy and commericlaized chain.
The environment is pleasant, too. Despite a flashy and artificial-looking menu, the locale is decorated by paintings and photography from local artists. It also is crowded with plenty of little indoor and outdoor chairs for small groups to congregate over coffee and a bagel and chat. That kind of friendly atmosphere can be commended, this is definitely a nice place to sit and chat and enjoy a day with a small group of friends or family. It’s definitely a safe bet to try on a pleasant day.
- Come in early if possible, since things get busy during lunch hour and the store often closes mid-afternoon.
- Day-old bagels are fresh for a shorter amount of time, but don’t hesitate to pick them up for cheaper prices.
- This place seems to cater to families and small groups.