Are you craving something savory for the morning? Why not start out the day with a hearty breakfast of bagel and lox? While you may not think of Houston as a hot spot for this dish, you can find several local eateries that serve it fresh every morning. Make any of these top spots an addition to your breakfast routine.
2009 Shepherd Drive
Houston, Texas 77019
The Hot Bagel Shop is renowned for its bagels and cream cheese, both of which are made in house. This is a rare hands-on treatment that many restaurants do not do any longer. You can enjoy the freshest bagels with lox spread for under $3, according to the morning menu. If you are looking for something more substantial, consider the sliced lox sandwich, which comes with the standard onions, tomato, capers, cream cheese and salmon on a bagel. This hand-held meal costs only $7.99. If you want to get either lox-flavored cream cheese on a bagel or sliced salmon, you will need to pack your patience for the line, but it’s worth the wait. The Hot Bagel Shop is extremely popular, and has been since its opening in 1984.
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9720 Hillcroft St.
Houston, TX 77096
Apparently the mid-1970s to the 1980s were a good time for bagel lovers. At the beginning of that decade, in 1975, New York Bagels and Coffee Shop opened on the southwest side to sell authentic New York bagels. Not only can you find bagel and lox on the restaurant menu, you can choose from several variations on the classic. Options for salmon include lox, nova and kippered salmon. Lox is simply cured in a rub or brine, while nova is both cured and cold smoked. Kippered salmon has been hot smoked. Like the Hot Bagel Shop, New York Bagels and Coffee Shop is also a highly popular restaurant, so plan for a bit of a wait with the reward of a plate of bagels and lox.
2327 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77056
At Kenny and Ziggy’s Deli, bagel and lox is elevated to a platter. This Galleria deli has a menu with punny names harkening back to old Broadway musicals and anything connected to New York City. A fish platter comes with a bagel, cream cheese, tomato, lettuce and onions, and like at New York Bagels, you have your choice of salmon prepared in a variety of ways: nova lox, baked salmon and belly lox, which is salty. Other fish are also offered for the fish plate, and you can choose up to three different fish to enjoy. According to the menu, the fish is delivered daily from New York City for the most authentic taste and freshest flavor possible. While it’s more upscale and a heartier plate, Kenny and Ziggy’s single fish plate with bagel and lox costs $17.95.
616 Westheimer St.
Houston, Texas 77006
You may have heard the ad “Katz’s never closes,” and this deli means it. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long, even on holidays, you can get your fix for the bagel and lox you want. Though it’s on the breakfast menu, you can order bagel and lox at any time. For just $13.29, you can get a bagel with Scottish smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion, capers, lettuce and tomatoes. Katz’s has two locations, one on Westheimer Road, near Montrose, and the other in the Woodlands. Only the Westheimer location is open 24-7, but you can also get a bagel and lox at the Woodlands Katz’s express location for only $11.99.
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4710 FM 1960 West
Houston, Texas 77069
Founding in 1988, Victor’s Restaurant has been quietly fulfilling the needs of people on the northwest side of town who get a craving for New York deli food. Bagel and lox, like everything on Victor’s breakfast menu, is available all day. The plate comes with sliced tomatoes and red onions to accompany a toasted bagel with cream cheese and sliced nova lox. Garnishes of olives and a pickle are also offered with this dish. You can indulge in this meal for just $13.95, but you may not have to pay this much. One of the great things about Victor’s Restaurant is the coupon section on its website. There, you can download coupons to use for your order. It’s a great way to save money when you want to enjoy a traditional breakfast favorite that also tends to be a little more expensive than other morning fare.