Review of Holy Bagel and Pizzeria

by Frayda
breakfast special, eggs, salad and hash browns at Holy Bagel and Pizzeria Miami

Holy Bagel and Pizzeria is a dairy restaurant located in Downtown Miami. The Kosher Cactus visited in May of 2021. This review was written in June of 2021.

Where is Holy Bagel located?

Holy Bagel is located at 93 NW 1st St, in Downtown Miami. 

The restaurant is just an 18 minute drive from Miami International Airport. If you are travelling on public transportation, you can take the 2 or 51 bus line, which stops around the corner. You can also get off at the Government Center metromover station. 

Holy Bagel is open from 9AM-4PM, Monday through Thursday, and 9AM-2:30PM Fridays. 

You can order from Holy Bagel online via Slice, GrubHub or UberEats

Do I need to dress up fancy to visit?

Holy Bagel Miami indoor seating and buffet
You can sit down and a waiter will help you make a choice, or you can peruse the buffet to make a decision

Holy Bagel is in the Miami business district, and seems to be patronized mainly by kosher-eating business people. You can wear absolutely whatever you want, but when we visited, most of the customers were wearing business suits. We, however, were not. We were coming almost directly from the beach, and we were still dressed very much for the beach. SO wear whatever you want. You do you. 

What style of food do they serve at Holy Bagel?

Holy Bagel is like a dairy cafe -meets- pizza joint. The food is light, and perfect for breakfast or lunch. Their specialty is Bagels, which come with the breakfast specials. We ordered a few extra bagels to take with us. Holy Bagel was our final stop on our way out of Miami. 

Holy Bagel also serves pizzas and various sandwiches, like the Holy Sandwich. Although it sounds like a bagel, the Holy Sandwich is actually served on a baguette (there’s a bad joke in here somewhere). It features feta cheese, mozzarella cheese, spinach, grilled red and green peppers, black olives, grilled tomatoes, jalapenos and avocado. It sounds like a giant party in your mouth. I didn’t get one, but next time I certainly will. 

What is on the menu?

vegetable pizza tomatoes olives cheese at Holy Bagel Miami
It ain’t called a PIZZERIA for nothing

I think the only problem (which is actually not such a problem) is that the menu is extensive. Besides the pizzas, we were not really sure what else to order, and the almost 3 pages of options meant that it took a while to make a decision. In the end, we settled on a Holy Bagel Breakfast Special, which is an omelette, house-salad, hash-browns and a bagel (served all day). We also got Vegan Shwarma, Margherita Pizza (plain but piping hot and delicious), Fries, Greek Salad and coffees. 

For your information, the Greek Salad is just a regular greek salad, but the lemon vinaigrette dressing… Words cannot describe how incredible it is. If they sold bottles of the stuff, I would have bought them out completely. It elevated the greek salad- humble olives, feta and lettuce- to a Greek Salad. Just mildly acidic, with a tiny sweet undertone… Basically, get a Greek Salad and ask them to bottle the dressing. And then drink it. 

What else is on the menu?

  • Appetizers
  • Bagels and Spreads
  • Waffles and Pancakes
  • Breakfast Specials
  • Sandwiches, Baguettes and Wraps
  • Salads
  • Fish
  • Pasta
  • Pizza
  • Vegan Plates
  • Soups
  • Drinks

Does Holy Bagel have vegetarian options?

Yes, Holy Bagel has vegetarian and vegan options! We got a Vegan Shawarma, made with impossible meat. It was my first time tasting anything made with faux meat, and it was surprisingly good. The shawarma itself was perfectly seasoned. It was just the right amount of tender juiciness in the ‘meat’ to feel delicious and authentic, but not soak through the bottom of the pita.

I think Impossible Meat is worth a go, especially done as well as this. Honestly, I’m not sure if I would get it again, but only because there were a dozen other things on the menu that I’d want to try. 

There are also vegan pizza options, made with vegan cheese, and actually most of the items on the menu are dairy-vegetarian. 

What is the best dish at Holy Bagel?

yellow red or orange smoothie at Holy Bagel Miami
Lemon? Strawberry? Orange? Lighten up with a refreshing drink.

The manager told us that the Teriyaki Salmon is the fastest moving item on the menu, and I can see why. It’s served with broccoli, mushrooms and red peppers, and it comes with a side of rice and Israeli salad. ALthough we did not order one, I saw images of this dish online and seriously considered getting it. In the end, the Vegan Shawarma won out, but there’s always next time…

Do I need to make a reservation?

You do not have to make a reservation to visit Holy Bagel. The staff did say that the restaurant can get busy at peak-hour, so sometimes there is a short wait for a table. We visited close to 3PM, and it was very quiet. If you are worried that it will be overbooked, you can always give them a call ahead. 

What is the service like at Holy Bagel?

I was super impressed with the restaurant’s service. Holy Bagel was quite empty when we visited- there was just us and two other tables, as we visited after the lunch rush. We were seated immediately and given menus and water right away- much appreciated because of the heat. When we were ready, a waiter came to take our order, and remembered the entire thing without writing it down! All the staff were helpful and polite the entire time, and considerate of our slightly overtired children. They wrapped up our food for us, and even chased us down the street to return a misplaced phone. To sum up: 10/10 for service. 

Is the restaurant wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Holy Bagel is wheelchair accessible. There is a slight inclined ramp to get into the store, but once inside, the tables leave plenty of room for navigation. There is also an accessible bathroom in the rear. 

Is it kid-friendly?

vegan burger made from Impossible Meat, with french fries at Holy Bagel, Miami
The Vegan Burger, made with Impossible Meat, is a must-try

Yes, the restaurant is kid-friendly. With items like ‘Mac and Cheese Balls’ on the appetizers menu, you know there are going to be things to eat for even the pickiest child. There are a few high-chairs in the back. We also ordered a soft-scrambled egg for the baby, and the staff were very accommodating. 

What is the Hashgacha at Holy Bagel?

Holy Bagel is under the Kosher supervision of Kosher Miami. All dairy items are Chalav Yisrael, all baked goods are Pas Yisrael. Holy Bagel does not serve alcohol.

Final Thoughts

We visited Holy Bagel on our way to the airport, and it was such a lovely last stop to our memorable trip to Miami. Altogether, we spent $61, and that included an extra 4 bagels to bring along to the airport with us. We enjoyed everything- the quiet restaurant, the helpful staff, the large portions and the great food. 

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