Boatyard Bagel is a recent addition to Lake Geneva's plethora of food-related mainstreet shops. It is conveniently located across the street from Caribou Coffee on the main drag. My wife and I decided to eat here after recieving numerous recommendations.
We walked down main street for a while, then entered the cafe/restaurant/bagelhaus. I was not sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere. Many Lake Geneva restaurants maintain stuffy and outdated interiour decoration, but Boatyard Bagel, obviously brand new, had an incredibly trendy and rustic feel, a combination of a classic hipster cafe with the Chicago Intelligentsia edge to it. Speaking of which, Boatyard sells Intelligentsia pour-overs, something you will not find anywhere else in LG (I heard there is a new cafe in Williams Bay that does pour overs, but hey, its not LG).
There was a massive line at the register and we waited about fifteen minutes. We decided to try the pour-over, a poppyseed bagel, toasted, with banana nutella cream cheese, and a Big Kahuna sandwich.
The coffee was, of course, delicious. The poppyseed bagel was incredibly unimpressive. The workers had failed to toast the bagel, as we had requested, and appeared and tasted a bit stale. The nutella banana cream cheese was delicious, but the bagel was a bit scantily clad with the delicious condiment. There wasn't enough on there. The highlight was the Big Kahuna. The bagel sandwich included soy fried egg, ham, pineapple, and was served on an incredibly fresh and delicious everything bagel. However, we had ordered an asiago cheese bagel, but no matter. The bagel on the sandwich was far superiour to the monotone solo poppyseed bagel. Bagel, bagel, bagel.
This place is great. I love the atmosphere and the sandwiches and the coffee. Service was average, the clerk seemed super pumped to be working there (please note heavy sarcasm) and most likely thought she was a superior human being based on her vague sentences and even increasingly vague facial expressions and body language. Either that, or she was a hipster. I recommend sticking with a sandwich, each one is around $7.25 and incredibly creative. The drinks selection is also very good, they carry things like blood orange pellegrino and the like.