The Portland area is known for its vibrant bagel scene, with a diverse bagel crowd, a lively culture of bagel makers, and, yes, a vibrant food scene.
Now, Portland is taking that food-inspired, bagel-inspired style and turning it into a national trend, with the city’s Bagel Store Design.
The store’s website, which opened Friday, offers a wide variety of bagels and other bagels-related products, including bagels with cheese and bacon, bagels stuffed with sausage, and more.
It even has a page that showcases its selection of vegan and gluten-free bagels, too.
But, the real star of the show, says the store’s owner, is its selection.
“I love to put a variety of foods in bagels,” she says.
“The bagels are really unique.”
Bagel stores have a long history in the United States, and they’re not new.
But the popularity of vegan bagels has brought in new people to the Portland area.
In the past decade, Portland has become a hub for vegan food, and many vegan eateries are popping up in the city, said Dan Bierman, a Portland food historian.
“Portland is now home to so many vegan restaurants, and there’s a lot of attention being paid to the local scene.”
Bierman says that’s especially true of the Bagelstore, which is located at the corner of NW 15th and SE Stark, right across the street from the downtown district.
The store opened about two years ago, and has since grown to about 80 people.
Bagel Stores Across America and Bagel City, a joint website, lists more than a dozen Portland locations.
The Portland Bagel Shop, meanwhile, is located on SE Stark between NE 22nd and NE 23rd, and is home to a variety bagels.
The Bagel store’s menu offers a mix of vegan, gluten- and dairy-free, vegan, dairy- and gluten free options, as well as gluten- or dairy-heavy sandwiches, salads, sandwiches, and soups.
And, the shop also offers bagels made from scratch by some of the best chefs in the Portland region, including Chris and Julie Lebovic of La Maison de Ville, whose bagels come from France.
“The whole idea behind our store is to bring more diversity and diversity of bagela, from both the people that make the bagels to the people who are creating them,” Biermann said.
Bagels, which are made by rolling a dough onto a cookie sheet, have a texture similar to a puffed wheat bagel, and are often eaten as an accompaniment to sandwiches, as the filling and the toppings are different.
But they’re also considered a staple of the vegan diet, with vegan food stores such as Whole Foods and Whole Foods Market selling some of their bagels as well.
Biermann says that Portland has always been a foodie hub, but now it’s changing the way people think about eating vegan food.
“It’s about bringing in new customers,” she said.
“We’re seeing a big growth in vegan businesses in the region, so it’s great that Portland is going to be the center for that.”
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