7 Best DC Bagels (That You Won’t Find at a Bagel Shop)

A veggie bagel sandwich at Mercy Me with jalapeno-cilantro cream cheese, crunchy cabbage, and pickled carrots. Photograph courtesy of Mercy Me

It’s hard to beat a great bagel shop—so yes, cue the weekend morning lines at Call Your Mother, Bullfrog, and beyond (this New Yorker cartoon really sums it up). But there’s a hack: bagel specialists aren’t your only option. And those shops, we’ll argue, don’t always make the best bagels. We’ve found delicious, sometimes superior versions at bakeries and restaurants around DC—no line standing required (at least most of the time).

Wood-fired bagels at Big Bear Cafe. Photograph
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Portland’s best boba tea shop, 5 Flavor Cafe is a ‘business of love’

Steve and Vy Chao spent months traveling around Asia after retiring from careers in the tech industry.

When they returned to the United States, the two noticed that many of the foods and flavors they missed “didn’t exist” in the Portland metropolitan area. So they set off to recreate them here.

In February 2018, the Chaos opened 5 Flavor Cafe just south of Washington County’s Oak Hills neighborhood. In addition to a unique drink menu, the cafe also serves popcorn chicken and various treats like taiyaki — custard-filled, fish-shaped pastries — and mochi muffins made at the couple’s year-old business,

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A Beloved Coffee Shop in Downtown Cedarville

by Lydia Switzer

Orion Coffee and Tea is nestled into the friendly community of downtown Cedarville, Ohio along North Main Street and near to other student favorites such as Colonial Pizza and Beans-n-Cream. Inside, starry artwork decorates the walls, and the atmosphere communicates a sense of calm. Those who visit Orion can select from a variety of specialty coffees, brews, teas, baked goods, and more.

The beginnings of Orion surfaced in December of 2018, when Eric and Sharayah Irwin bought Telemetry Coffee Roasters from its owner. After operating as Telemetry until late in the summer of 2019, the store was

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Lebanese-Mexican Food Pop-up Lupe’s Situ Tacos Sets Up Shop at Tractor Tavern

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Buzzy New Taco Pop-up Lupe’s Situ Sets Up Shop at Tractor Tavern

Musician Lupe Flores (drummer for the bands Wild Powwers, Tacos the Band, and LORBO) got some critical attention last fall for her Lebanese-Mexican taco pop-up, praised for its delicately fried tortillas. Now, she’s found a more permanent home at popular Ballard music venue Tractor Tavern, reports The Stranger. The tacos come in three varieties: Lebanese brown butter beef, creamy garlic potatoes, and spicy cauliflower, with

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4 Tips for Opening a Coffee Shop

Most people around the world begin their day the same way: with a cup of coffee. Coffee is here to stay, with people drinking an estimated 2.25 billion cups of coffee a day.

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and a love for coffee, why not have the best of both worlds and try opening a coffee shop? If you’re wondering exactly how to open a coffee shop (and a successful one), we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for our four key tips.

1. To Wi-Fi or Not to Wi-Fi?

It’s pretty common for coffee shops to offer free Wi-Fi.

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Shop 15 Trending Amazon Home and Kitchen Items

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Buy It! Zimasilk Mulberry Silk

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