INSIDE LOOK: Bagel Barn Cafe & Deli

Volusia County is filled with an abundance of wonderful eateries, created by driven individuals with passion and dedication, who want nothing more than to share their talent and culinary vision with our community. This is why locals love living here and others are excited to travel from surrounding cities to experience our unique and delightfully tasty towns. 

Well, it is time to add another restaurant to your list of places to try next. In March 2021, husband and wife team, Joe and Sue Benigno, opened The Bagel Barn Cafe and Deli in Edgewater and have created quite the buzz. Not only did they bring something completely new to the city, but they stepped into a location that was home to a local favorite for the past 10 years, giving it the facelift it deserved. 

“The former Red, White & Blue Mule Deli went up for sale and my wife and I were actively looking for the perfect spot to open a bagel shop and deli. Once we saw the space we knew exactly what we could do to make it our own,” stated Joe. 

New hardwood floors were installed throughout the entire space, custom high-top tables were brought in, decorative panels went up on the walls to give it a more modern feel, and a completely updated kitchen was created to provide the necessary equipment needed to provide a full menu from breakfast to dinner items, as well as fresh baked bagels on a daily basis. 

“Every day I arrive at the deli in the wee hours of the morning to begin baking hundreds of bagels from scratch,” stated Joe. 

On any given day, the variety of bagels available includes: plain, egg, everything, cheddar, jalapeno cheddar, French toast, spinach mozzarella, blueberry, garlic, salt, sesame seed, whole wheat, chocolate chip, asiago, cinnamon raisin, multigrain, pumpernickel and rainbow. You can get these to-go, toasted, made as a breakfast sandwich or your favorite sub or burger. 

Bagels are baked on a daily basis and are served on a first come, first serve basis. The cream cheese is also made in-house and besides the obvious plain, flavors include veggie, blueberry, strawberry, cinnamon, jalapeno, chive and olive.

If subs are a mid-day favorite then you have to try one of their speciality hoagies and sandwiches like the Old World Italian, crispy Cuban, French dip or the Park Avenue, which is thinly sliced turkey breast, crispy bacon, swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, topped with homemade coleslaw and served on thick sliced rye bread. All sandwiches are prepared on a white or wheat sub roll, white, wheat, rye, marble rye or sourdough bread, flour tortilla wrap, Kaiser roll, Italian roll or croissant. 

An assortment of hot hoagies and sandwiches are also available and include the philly cheese steak, chicken cheese steak, chicken parmigiana and grilled chicken caesar. If you are looking for a juicy burger, then they can help that craving as well! The menu features five burgers sure to make your stomach happy, including classics like The Traditional and Bacon Burger, and speciality items like the Bagel Burger with a fried egg, bacon and American cheese, the Piggy Back Burger with a pork roll, jalapeños and pepper jack cheese and the Spicy Jelly and Peanut Butter Burger. 

Large fresh salads include: garden, cobb, caesar, chef’s, two versions of Greek, spinach, arugula, spinach, kale and a spinach and fruit salad which consists of watermelon, feta cheese and walnuts. 

One of my favorite things about this deli is their to-go dinners, which are available every day and rotate on a weekly basis. Some of these pre-made meals include: Jambalaya, lasagna stuffed shells, eggplant parmigiana, meatloaf and shepherd’s pie. It’s perfect for those nights you don’t want to cook, yet you want to provide a quality meal to your family without all the hassle and clean up. I call that a win-win.

They also offer a variety of specialty items available in open coolers around the deli with homemade potato salad, pasta salad, Italian pasta salad coleslaw, chicken salad, tuna salad and egg salad. 

Conveniently located at the corner of Ridgewood and Park Avenue, the 2,600 square-foot space boasts a full deli, 10 large standing coolers packed to the brim with beverages ranging from local juices, milk, teas and carbonated beverages to an assortment of beer and wine options. If that wasn’t enough, there is also a coffee and dessert bar located inside and run by Donna Loganzo, a well-known and loved local barista who not only creates the best specialty coffees, but also bakes delicious pastries that are available and change weekly. 

Are you looking to feed a crowd? Then bagel trays, sandwich trays and fruit trays are available. All you have to do is reach out 48 hours before you plan to pick it up and everything will be ready for you. Other catering options are available, just reach out and set up a time to chat about exactly what you are looking for. 

The Bagel Barn Cafe and Deli is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can order and dine-in, take it to-go or you can place your order before you arrive on their website to avoid any lines. Just like everyone in the food industry right now, they have limited staff that is working hard to take care of their customers. However, the popularity of the newly established restaurant is growing, making lines (especially during lunch) longer than you may expect. If you are in a rush they suggest you call ahead or take advantage of the online ordering to avoid lines. 

Bagel Barn Cafe and Deli

103 North Ridgewood Avenue, Edgewater, FL 32132

(386) 426-2263

Monday-Saturday 6AM – 6PM, Sunday: 7AM – 5PM

Instagram: @BagelBarnFL

Tiffany Evers is the editor and co-owner of East Coast Current magazine. In 2014 she was recognized by Editor & Publisher Magazine as one of the “25 Under 35” innovators in the newspaper industry. In 2016 she was elected to the Board of Directors for the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce. Follow her @eccprint

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