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    The Hungry Student: Bruegger’s Bagels quick and cheap, but not always pretty

    Nick Smallwood

    Conveniently located on the corner of Campbell Avenue and Speedway Boulevard, Bruegger’s Bagels is a savory stop for a variety of baked goods. However, the photos presented of the food do not accurately represent what is served.

    Bruegger’s is easily a familiar stop for many students, but the selection of fresh New York-style bagels, multiple locations and household name keeps customers coming back. 

    Bruegger’s biggest advantage is its proximity. Tucson has 10 different locations, with one right off campus on Campbell Avenue.

    With dozens of other local cafe, bakery and bagel hangouts for students to choose from, Bruegger’s Bagels has its work cut out for it.

    So—are you ready to accept the challenge, Bruegger’s?

    Upon opening the shop’s big glass doors, which are covered in delicious-looking bagel sandwiches, customers are greeted with the sweet but savory scent of a doughy, freshly-made New York-style bagel. 

    Each store is set up with the same general theme: walls covered in pictures of decadent, stacked bagel variations, wooden tables and chairs, and an easy-to-read, large menu covering the entirety of the front wall. 

    Each guest approaches the front counter and orders the type of bagel he or she wants, followed by any additional toppings. Bruegger’s offers an extensive selection of cream cheese toppings, ranging from strawberry cream cheese to honey walnut butter. 

    The walk-up-and-order system seems like a good idea for a quick bite to eat, but during crowded times of the day, customers can end up standing in line for long periods of time. This creates, what some may feel, too hectic and crowded an atmosphere to enjoy a meal. Also, being late to a job or class because of a busy bagel bite isn’t the best way to start anyone’s day.  

    Bruegger’s displays a wide selection of pictures showing some of its customer-favorite sandwiches. Customers are drawn in by pictures of a fluffy egg and a perfect slice of steaming honey ham, all smothered in gooey melted cheese. This collection of deliciousness is perfectly set on a light crispy bagel, and the customer instantly knows what he or she wants to order. 

    Although, when the meal arrives, the picture of what looked like a bagel sent from heaven shows up in a paper bag, slightly smushed. 

    The bagel sandwich was served hot, made correctly, tasted fresh and was definitely satisfying, but it did not look anything like the picture. 

    Bruegger’s Bagels provides a quality product that’s tasty and easily accessible, but the execution of making the meal appear to look like what is advertised is another story. 

    For a total of about $7, customers can get a bagel sandwich and a hot, freshly brewed cup of coffee, making Bruegger’s Bagels just as affordable as any other bagel shop around.

    For the price and the convenience, Bruegger’s offers students a casual and relatively quick one-stop shop for all things breakfast and lunch. Better keep on baking bagels, Bruegger’s!

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