2869 North Druid Hill Road NE at Lavista Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
Dave and I decided to try Bagel Palace, as we were nostalgic for New York deli experiences. As it turns out, there are plenty of bagel joints in Atlanta, maybe for all the New York transplants. Bagel Palace is tucked away in the mammoth Toco Hills Shopping Center, kind of between Kroger and Publix, on a little island with a couple of other stores.
It was later in the day on a weekend, so the place wasn’t very crowded. There were some people picking up stuff to go but no one sitting at the tables. A girl said we could seat ourselves, and the waiter who was supposed to serve us took his sweet time to come over. Dave later said that the girl had given the guy a talking-to about his dilly-dallying. Guess they’re a little more prompt usually.
The menu is huge. It took me a very long time to decide what I wanted. Bagels? Sandwiches? Pancakes? No Eggs Benedict so I couldn’t order that. I ended up with the pastrami sandwich on rye ($8.65), and Dave went with the Reuben. I couldn’t resist and added a side of fried okra to the order, not very New York, but I am a fried okra fiend.
The food came out promptly. Immediately I thought to myself, “This sandwich isn’t as huge as the one at Katz’s,” but looks can be deceiving, as I anticipated that I wouldn’t be full, but the amount present was actually just right. Good pastrami. I am by no means a pastrami expert but I liked what I consumed. The fried okra was hot and not too battery. Nicely done.
I thought about trying a King of Pops popsicle, but they looked like they had melted and then were refrozen so I steered clear. Instead, Dave and I got an everything bagel with green onions to go and a couple of sweet baked treats (hamantashen and Linzer tarts) as well. Yum! Bagel Palace is not Manhattan, but I knew that the second I was able to find a parking space right in front of the establishment, ha!