As of last month, Americans had spent more than $3 billion on bagels. That
means two things: the cereal industry must be hurting, and many companies are
capitalizing on the popularity of this convenient round bread. Bagel Rising, a
cozy café in Allston, opened last summer in a high-traffic location (at
Harvard and Comm Aves). Now it's a popular spot for a variety of crispy,
freshly baked bagels with different flavors of rich cream cheese ($1.25 to
$2.25). The bagels are baked with extras like wild berries, garlic, and
veggies. Cream cheese choices include scallion, sun-dried tomato, and honey
raisin. Wake-up beverages (99cents to $1.99) are plentiful, and here you get
more coffee for your buck than at Starbucks.
For lunch, the Sahara ($3.95) is a good choice; the hummus, roasted red
peppers, cucumbers, and tangy havarti make for an excellent ensemble of piquant
flavors. The most adventurous concoction is Goldy's Delicious Smoked Fish Combo
($5.25): any kind of bagel piled high with whitefish salad, nova lox, tomato,
onion, and cream cheese. Very tasty -- but don't forget your breath mints.
Bagel Rising, at 1243 Comm Ave in Allston, is open daily from 7 a.m. until
5:30 p.m. Call 789-4000.
-- Theresa Regli