Bagels are a New York institution. This is the food of the city, and they taste better here than they do anywhere else. Whether that’s because of the water, the methods or the people that make them, it’s hard to say. But thanks to Bruegger’s, it is possible to get a taste of this New York staple outside of the city.
Bruegger’s Bagels is one of the biggest bakery chains in the United States, serving freshly baked bagels and other products to customers across the country. No one knows bagels like Bruegger’s, and no one bakes bagels like them either.
Founding Location: Troy, New York
This brand was born in Troy, New York, in 1983. Nordahl Brue, a lawyer, and Mike Dressell, were the men behind the brand and the ones that worked hard to make this bakery a success in those early years.
This hard work paid off when they began franchising. They reached a wider audience, earned a bigger slice of the fast food pie and then sold the chain to a franchisee in 1996. However, there were some disagreements following this sale, which led to the brand being resold again just a few years later.
These days Bruegger’s is owned by Groupe Le Duff, a conglomerate that owns over 1,300 bakeries and eateries across Europe and American.
It has spread across the country, opening locations in several states. But despite its connections to Europe, there are currently no Bruegger’s locations outside of the United States and Canada.
Bruegger’s Bagels, or just “Bruegger’s” as they are best known, serves bagels that taste like they are fresh out of a New York kitchen, wherever you are in the country. Their bagels contain just 5 basic ingredients, with no preservatives or any other nasty ingredients. They also use real Vermont cream cheese, which, when spread thickly on their fresh bagels, makes for the perfect NYC breakfast.
Obviously, bagels are the main item on this menu. There are all kinds of flavors to choose from and toppings to spread. But it’s not just about these NY specials and there are also other baked treats to order, including sandwiches, salads, soups and more.
You can even grab a hot cup of coffee, the perfect accompaniment to any breakfast and morning snack.
Bruegger’s Secret Menu
Bakeries don’t have the best secret menus. They keep their menus small, usually basing them off a few simple breads and a selection of toppings. It’s the same with Bruegger’s, and you won’t find a big secret menu here.
Still, there Bruegger’s secret menu does exist to some degree. We have managed to source some worthwhile menu hacks and have included this on the Bruegger’s secret menu page. It’s not going to blow you away like the McDonalds secret menu, and it’s certainly not as endless as the Tim Hortons secret menu or the Starbucks secret menu. But it’s worth a peek nonetheless, especially if you can’t get enough of this chain.
Bruegger’s Menu Prices
A sandwich from this bakery chain will cost you around $6. This seems very reasonable when you compare it to the Jimmy John’s menu or the Firehouse Subs menu, but bear in mind that these sandwiches are smaller. Still, these are fresh, delicious, loaded with your choice of fillings and packed into a bagel. That’s good value for money no matter how you look at it.
You will pay around $7.50 for one of their salads; about half this for a cup of soup (and a little more for a bowl); and about $5 for a breakfast sandwich. The bagels are what many customers flock to this restaurant for though and they are very reasonable priced as well. You can get a fresh bagel with your choice of cream cheese for around $3.
You can take a tub of bagels home with you if you have a hungry family or group of friends eagerly awaiting breakfast, and you can get a hot cup of coffee for around $2. To see more Bruegger’s Menu Prices, check out updated table.
Bruegger’s Nutrition Info
Bagels are not particularly healthy, but they are not really unhealthy either. It’s fresh bread, and it doesn’t contain any artificial ingredients. So while it’s not the best thing you can eat, it’s certainly not the worst. Add some fresh toppings, a little protein and omega-rich salmon, or some antioxidant-rich tomatoes, and you have a fairly healthy snack.
In fact, there is very little on the Bruegger’s menu that is completely unhealthy. The soups and salads all come loaded with fresh nutrient-rich ingredients and there are also some very healthy salads. Of course, many of their desserts are an exception to this healthy menu, but as far as savory food goes, it’s all good.
To see more, read our Bruegger’s Nutrition Info guide. Here you will find all the nutrient info for every single one of their menu items.
There are a lot of bakeries selling bagels in the city, but despite this, Bruegger’s was able to flourish. Soon after succeeding in the city of its birth, it spread across the state and into other states. Today there are close to 300 locations in 26 states. There are also locations north of the border in Canada and in distant Alaska, but this chain has yet to expand outside of North America.
The states with the most locations include:
- New York
- North Carolina
Bruegger’s Store Hours
Bruegger’s Bagels opens early to cater for the breakfast rush. As with many bakeries, including the UK-based Greggs, this is when they do most of their business. And like the aforementioned UK chain, Bruegger’s closes at around 5pm. It is open 7 days a week, but may close during some holidays.
The early bird catches the worm, as they say, and in this case the early bird gets the bagel. The best time to visit is during the morning rush, when the air is thick with the scent of freshly baked bread, freshly made sandwiches and thick, decadent cream cheese. That should be enough to get those early morning juices flowing.