David’s Bagels touts itself as a “healthy eatery” without any explanation. As far as I can tell, it’s just a normal bagel shop and is equally as healthy or unhealthy as a normal bagel shop. They don’t actually claim any difference – they just stick the words “healthy eatery” on their website.
Nonetheless, David’s Bagels is a popular choice for those around the 1st Ave area. When you walk in, you see all the trimmings of a standard bagel joint. Bins of every variety of bagel, tubs of every flavor of cream cheese, and deli varieties (cheeses, meats, veg, deli salads, etc.).
We got the egg bagel with garlic and chive cream cheese, tomato, and onion and a poppy seed bagel with scallion cream cheese, tomato, and onion. The poppy seed bagel was pretty mediocre as far as bagels go. Quite flavorless as was the scallion cream cheese.
The egg bagel, on the other hand, was pretty disastrous. The egg bagel is my favorite, but this had a foul taste. Neither one of us could physically eat it. The dough tasted like Christmas Cookies, which isn’t usually what a bagel shop aims for. Something also seemed to have gone wrong with the garlic and herb cream cheese. We couldn’t figure out exactly what made it all so wrong, but wrong it was.
Nonetheless, we didn’t eat it, so I ran right down the street to pick up a bagel from another bagel shop called Bagel Boss. That bagel, a multi-grain with veggie cream cheese, was delicious. Though I don’t believe “multi-grain” is actually the correct description (it was really just an oat bagel), it was night and day from David’s Bagels. Delicious, flavorful, soft, warm, moist, dense. And the veggie cream cheese was amazing.
I’d highly recommend getting Bagel Boss over David’s Bagels if you’re in that area. Even if David’s Bagels is the more popular choice, Bagel Boss tastes better, so give it a try. It’s literally a few doors down the street.