Did you know most of the world has never experienced the joy that is a steamed bagel sandwich? If you've had one, then you understand my excitement about the existence of a new food truck specializing them.
Did you know most of the world has never experienced the joy that is a steamed bagel sandwich? I did not realize this until I started Googling this particularly crave-worthy culinary technique and realized they're primarily sold near a couple of Midwestern college campuses - including Ohio University and Miami of Ohio.
Ohio State alums may remember Beekman's Bagel Deli, a comfy hole in the wall on High Street serving these guys - basically your choice of meats, veggies, cheeses and cream cheeses piled on a sliced bagel and steamed until everything's hot and melty and delicious. Columbus has been without steamed bagel sandwiches since Beekman's closed years ago.
If you've had one, then you understand my excitement about the existence of a new food truck specializing in steamed bagel sandwiches.
Jeremy Fox, a young entrepreneur who got addicted to these things while studying at Butler University, is now steaming sandwiches on the streets of Columbus. Like all good sandwich shops, Short North Bagel Deli has plenty of creations with fun names, many of them Columbus-themed - Comfest Goddess, the Classic Arnold, Gallery Hop Me. All the sandwiches come on bagels from local standby Block's.
The Good Ole Goodale has been the best-seller so far, Fox says, and it's definitely tasty. It's got thin-sliced turkey plus a thick slather of cream cheese, a slice of Colby, avocados, tomatoes, lettuce and sprouts. Some honey mustard adds some sweetness, and it can be ordered on a sesame bagel for a bit of crunch.
On its heels in the popularity contest: the Camelot, a turkey, bacon, avocado, brie and mayo concoction served only outside Camelot Cellars (the truck is parked there Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights).
The veggie varieties, such as the Erin Marie (named after Fox's vegetarian sister and made with cream cheese, smoked cheddar, avocado, lettuce, tomato, sprouts and mustard), are good too - without the meat, everything gets extra gooey inside.
Tip: Like all good street food, these sandwiches are best eaten immediately. Steamed bagels go from chewy to tough pretty quickly.
To find out where the Short North Bagel Deli is parked, follow them on Facebook (facebook.com/shortnorthbageldeli) and Twitter (@ShortNorthBagel). Fox plans to set up Downtown at lunch on the weekdays, and his evening locations include Camelot Cellars, the New Albany Farmers Market and Groovy Spoon in Clintonville.
Shelley Mann is the editor of Crave, Columbus' new dining magazine. Keep up with her at ColumbusCrave.com.