Review of Bagel Time Cafe

by Frayda
Bagel Time Cafe, Miami restaurant interior

Bagel Time Cafe is in Miami Beach. They serve Mediterranean and American style breakfast and lunch foods and have indoor and outdoor dining. The Kosher Cactus visited and reviewed Bagel Time in May of 2021

Where is Bagel Time located?

Bagel Time Cafe is located at 3915 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, Florida.

It sits just where Alton Rd meets 41st Street, in Mid Beach. Bagel Time is very central in Miami Beach, and is just a 15 minute drive from downtown Miami. It’s conveniently located just off I-95, and is perfect for when you’re visiting Miami Beach as a food stop coming into or going out of the Island. 

Bagel Time is open from 8AM-5PM, Monday through Thursday, and 8AM-2PM Fridays. 

The restaurant has pickup and delivery options for almost the entire menu. 

You do not need a reservation to visit Bagel Time, but it gets pretty crowded during vacation days and the summer. 

What’s on the menu at Bagel Time?

various bagel options at Bagel Time, Miami

Bagel Time is Miami Beach’s answer to the New York Breakfast Special. The fastest moving item on the menu is the EXPRESS breakfast- any style eggs, salad, house fries and your choice of bagel. It is actually express-made; it was the first thing to arrive at the table from the dishes we had ordered. 

The menu also features literally anything you’d want for breakfast or lunch: salads (get the Avocado Salad!), sandwiches, eggs, fish, pasta… and so much more. 

  • Eggs
  • Sandwiches
  • Fish
  • Pastas
  • Pizza
  • Salads
  • Appetizers
  • Paninis
  • Pancakes
  • Waffles
  • Milkshakes

What are the best dishes at Bagel Time?

All the dishes at Bagel Time are made fresh daily, from scratch. When we visited, we ordered a Breakfast Burrito, Avocado Panini, lots of bagels (we got a few for a late lunch too) and the Breakfast EXPRESS. 

Fair warning: the Breakfast Burrito was not as large as we had expected, even though it was delicious. The owner recommended the Falafel Plate for anyone visiting for lunch – it looked incredible, and I will definitely order it when we go back another time for lunch. 

I ordered shakshuka, and it did not disappoint. The right size for a hungry diner, perfect ratio of tomatoes to eggs, just the right amount of heat (feel it, but don’t burn your tongue off)… perfection. 

The Deluxe Avocado Panini came with a surprising side of fries, which was a lovely addition to an incredible pressed sandwich filled with grilled onions, fresh avocado, tomatoes and mozzarella. 

How is the Service at Bagel Time?

pesto panini and fries at Bagel Time Miami
Toasted Pesto baguette at Bagel Time, with fries on the side

We visited Bagel Time at an off-peak season, at off-peak hour- a Tuesday in April at 11:30AM. 

The waiters were thoughtful, helping us with choices and making recommendations. We ordered an extra soft-scrambled egg, and they were happy to accommodate the request even though it was not on the menu. 

The staff were all happy to be there, and the noise from the kitchen was bright and cheery, making good vibes in the whole restaurant. Our total visit was over an hour, and we were never rushed to leave. 

Do they deliver food?

Yes, Bagel Time delivers food through second-party delivery apps. You can find them on UberEats, Seamless and GrubHub. 

Fun fact- the delivery apps always carry the most updated version of the menu (at least thedeliver-able options), so when you are perusing the menu, make sure to look online as well. Bagel Time actually serves Shwarma (non-dairy, made from Impossible Burger) and Teriyaki Salmon, which has some great reviews online. They are hoping to have their updated menu within the next month or two. You can also call for curbside pickup. 

Do they serve drinks?

Have you ever heard of Crazy Shakes? 

Bagel Time has won prizes for the most amazing milkshakes in the Miami area. The Cappuccino Shake is the best-selling drink on the menu, and because it is so hefty, it is only available in the store. Each of the shakes feature an insane topper, like a giant brownie square (Double Chocolate Shake) or cotton candy (Carnival Shake). 

And obviously, there’s the regular drinks- coffees of all kinds (very well brewed, in my opinion), cold juices, and a quick-cooler of sodas. 

No, Bagel Time does not serve alcohol. 

What Hechsher and Kashrut is Bagel Time under?

crazy strawberry candy floss carnival shake at Bagel Time, Miami
Now THAT’S a drink! The strawberry candy-floss Crazy Carnival Shake

Bagel Time is under the Hashgacha of Kosher Miami. It is Chalav Yisroel, Pas Yisroel and serves Kemach Yoshon. Bagel Time has a Mashgiach Temidi – a kitchen supervisor – in the store at all hours.

We rank the Kosher Certification as A+.

Does Bagel Time have Gluten-free options on the menu?

Bagel Time now serves gluten-free, vegan pizza! There are also plenty of dairy-free options, like the Avocado Salad. Most of the menu is adaptable- you can leave out the cheese or fish from almost any dish, and it will still be delicious. 

Bagel Time also has faux-meat dishes, like The Boss: a wrap with a veggie-burger pattie, scrambled eggs, crispy house fries, sauteed onion and peppers, and melted American cheese… I’m compiling a list of dishes to try for next time, and The Boss is at the top. 

(If you are keeping track, a Crazy Shake is on this list, and so is Falafel.) 

Is there a wheelchair-accessible bathroom at Bagel Time?

Bagel Time is mostly wheelchair-accessible, and does have an accessible bathroom. There are no automatic doors, but the space inside is certainly wide enough to navigate with either a wheelchair, or a stroller.  

Can I visit Bagel Time with children?

Bagel Time is very kid-friendly. There were quite a few highchairs (the un-fussy white ones from ikea), lots of Pancake options (why do I think kids love pancakes?), and about 30 other dishes for the pickiest of eaters. 

The restaurant is big and airy, with a wall of windows facing the street, letting in natural light, and huge whimsical murals on the wall. While you are waiting for your food, try playing I-Spy with impatient kids (that’s what the family next to us was doing!).

What COVID precautions are in place at Bagel Time?

personal but big mushroom pizza at Bagel Time, Miami
It may be a personal (Spinach and Mushroom) pie, but it’s still enormous!

Following current Florida state guidelines, patrons do not have to wear masks to enter the restaurant. We visited at a fairly quiet hour. The kitchen staff and waiters were all wearing masks when they were near us or our food, which was extremely considerate. The tables are placed quite close to each other, with full-capacity dining, so if you are worried about a crowd you should probably visit at a quieter time as well. 

The owner let me know that there are plans in the works to help with the overflow crowds during the busy summer season. Kiosk ordering, hopefully. More seating, hopefully. And if they need it, maybe more staff. 

Final Thoughts

We had initially ordered-in from Bagel Time Cafe to our hotel, on our most recent trip to Miami. Because the food was so fantastic, we went there again (twice in one trip!). 

Bagel Time Cafe did not disappoint. It’s fairly cheap (just $86 for breakfast and bagels-to-go), especially for outside New York, it’s so conveniently located, and it has kind and helpful staff.

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