We have always searched around Central FL looking for bagels close in quality to those from the Northeast. The few places we have found closed over the years, and Einstein's version of bagels (doughy lumps with a hole in the middle does not a bagel make!) is not even close. We finally decided to take the ride up to Bagel King with the hope that this would finally be the place for bagels that are crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside.
Sadly, we found them not much better than Einsteins, and we really, really hoped to like these based on the reviews we read.
Maybe we were there on a bad day, or possibly the bagels were not made that morning and just got a bit soft in the Florida humidity, but there were way too soft on the outside, and the inside texture was a bit pasty.
We did sample the hot pastrami sandwich, and the roast beef sandwich. The pastrami was tasty, but for the price there should have been a bit more meat between the bread. And, shockingly, this is the first time we were ever served a pastrami on rye that did not come with a pickle. Sacrilege!
We might stop there again, if we are in the area, to give the bagels one more try to see if our first visit was just an off-day for them, but in the meantime we will continue our search for a NY-style bagel in Central FL.
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