This cafe is a bit out of my way, but a New York girl will take great measures to get her bagel fix and besides, it’s simply a nice place. Of course the bagels do not compare with NYC bagels, but for Petersburg, it’s a well-intentioned attempt and for this, I salute them.
They take the basic “bagel and cream cheese” platform and embellish, adding fish, veggies, and meat, to make a whole meal of a sandwich, transforming the standard breakfast fare to be versatile for lunch, a snack, or even dinner. I am impressed that they bake their own bagels daily.
I like BGL for reasons besides their signature bagels. With a relaxed mood, I find BGL a nice place to come hang out and play, chat, or work. They have a collection of board games and sometimes in the evenings they host activities such as mafia. Additionally, there is a selection of teas and other drinks, of which I can recommend the hot ginger drink – tangy yet fresh. There are salads to choose from, too.
Sometimes I find it nice to break up the mundane and diverge off the beaten path of my routine, and going to a place like BGL forces me into this uncharted territory, with the reward of comfort food.