bodos - 07If you live full-time in Charlottesville and have a mouth and haven’t had a bagel from Bodo’s you should be the subject of one those psych experiments at UVA where they pay you $10 to breathe through a juice-box straw for an hour while asking you questions about whether you think you’re a good person or not. Bodo’s, like Miller’s and The Aberdeen Barn and a few others, is woven into the very fabric of this town to such an extent that, love it or hate it, it just wouldn’t feel like Charlottesville without it.

The bagels are big and fluffy and the cream cheese is rich and tangy. Even the lower fat “Neufchatel” cream cheese puts other full-fat cream cheeses to shame. You can build your own sandwich from a variety of meats and toppings or PB&J, construct a breakfast sandwich from eggs, bacon, sausage, and cheese, or venture into the outlying regions of bageldom with fixings like olive tapenade and tofu.

bodos - 08For my money, it’s hard to pass up an egg and sausage on an everything bagel or a plain cream cheese and tomato on sesame, but sometimes I can’t resist lox or hummus and sprouts or a smoked turkey sandwich. It’s all consistently good except for the smoked turkey, which sometimes has an unpleasant fake smoke flavor. The caesar salad is also excellent (but very garlicky, so don’t order it on a date or before an interview), and the coffee is great for the price.

Everyone has their own special order at Bodo’s, but there is one major contentious point — toasting. Namely, Bodo’s doesn’t and won’t do it. Why? Because that’s not the way of the original bagel. A good bagel is cooked once, not twice. Or so they say. When it comes down to it, you either require the toasty crunch to enjoy your bagel or you don’t. I, for one, don’t miss it. A warm everything bagel provides all the texture I need.

Erin says: “Bodo’s makes me happy before 9 am on a Monday, not an easy thing to do.”

award_star_gold_3 16Rating: Erin: Jed:

thumb_up 16 iconPros: Fast, cheap, mostly healthy, good coffee

thumb_down 16 iconCons: No toasting of bagels, sometimes long lines in the morning

money_dollar 16 iconPrice: Bagel with cream cheese $1.55

car famfam 16 iconParking: Preston location: plenty in the lot, 29/Emmet St. location: usually enough in the lot but sometimes have to wait, Corner location: none, but some paid lots nearby

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