The Howard ~ St. Patrick’s Day Emerald Bagels at Isaac’s Bagel Cafe in Bloomfield, CT


Mr. Isaac Suttar with his St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Bagels.

Restaurant: Isaac’s Bagel Cafe
Review: Howard Steven Frydman

A Rainbow of Gold to be found at Isaac’s Bagel Cafe this St. Patrick’s Day.

As they say, “the hills are the greenest green” in the beautiful hamlet of Bloomfield, Connecticut, especially during the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day week celebration. In observance of everything “green”, folks from all over New England are once again expected to make their yearly visit to the one and only Isaac’s Bagel Cafe in search of the elusive “Green Bagel”, other emerald shaded treats, plus one lucky patron to Isaac’s will win a rainbow of a surprise.

In fact, for over a decade, those seekers of the magically delicious “St. Patty Green Bagel” have made it their yearly destination stop to get their “made only once a year” –  Hot from the oven, baked oval treasures treats, at the one and only Isaac’s Bagel Cafe, helmed by the “nicest man you will ever meet” – Mr. Isaac Suttar. Indeed, the welcoming aroma of fresh baked goods emanate from the well-known eatery and bake shop where folks from throughout the region congregate to celebrate the upcoming “wearing and eating of the green”.

Miss Lillian Green, of Holyoke, Massachusetts stated, “I wake up around 6am, and make my way to Bloomfield, I want to be the first in line. In fact I’ve been coming to Isaac’s for his St. Patrick’s Day Bagels for about 5 years”.  Miss Green continued,”My entire family was from Holyoke, my dad George was the one who started our tradition of always having green bagels on St. Patrick’s Day. I am so glad to keep this family tradition alive. How many green bagels will I get? – about 4 dozen. I don’t know what Isaac does to those green bagels – but they are truly mouthwatering”.

During St. Patrick’s Week, Isaac, who wakes each morning before 3 am, heads to his cafe and as as you can guess- begins his daily routine of preparing “hot from the oven” bagels, will be making close to 4,000 of the Kelly-green edibles. In fact besides the St.Patty’s Day Green Bagels, Isaac prepares over 30 various bagel types a day, with choices ranging from poppy, cinnamon raisin, sesame, spinach, onion, cheddar, jalapeño Asiago, “The Howard”, everything, blueberry, and bialy. For bagel toppings, Isaac offers a myriad of delectables including plain cream cheese, chive cream cheese, jalapeño cream cheese, or honey walnut cream cheese, plus piled high lox (smoked salmon) to capers, tomatoes and red onions. For your “St. Patty Day Green Bagel”  try a Howard’s favorite taste treat, a combo of plain cream cheese and fresh avocado slices- yum!

During the “Wearing of the Green” celebration – Isaac will also be serving up several breakfast and lunch specials that will surely add a emerald twinkle to the eye of hungry patrons including the inspired “Lucky Charms” breakfast – freshly made “French Toast”, Buttermilk Pancakes, and authentic Belgian Waffles – sprinkled with multi-colored marshmallow shapes and served with warm, real maple syrup. Pancakes and waffles may be ordered additionally either plain, or with various fruit toppings, berries, bananas or even chocolate chips.

What’s St. Patrick’s Day without Corned beef and cabbage?- not to worry, Isaac is offering up his green-plate sandwich special of a heaping helping of hand sliced Corned beef, on fresh rye, served with Swiss cheese, sliced avocado, sauerkraut , and emerald pickle spears. Additional lunch offerings include soups, salads, grilled burgers, wraps, paninis, various classic sandwiches such as BLT’s, Roast Beef, tuna and egg salad, Nova Scotia Lox, Philly Cheese Steak, plus Isaac’s famous “Grilled Cheese Sensation Special”, a massive toasted grilled cheese sandwich topped with bacon, tomato and served with a cup of tomato bisque and a small salad. For those with a sweet tooth, please sample a freshly made St. Patty’s Day Green muffin, danish, cookie, or cinnamon twist along with Isaac’s always freshly brewed coffee or my usual during the cold months, a hot cup of cocoa adorned with a buoyant dollop of whipped cream.

On St. Patrick’s Day Eve, Saturday, March 16th, every patron who purchases a dozen “green bagels” are urged to search their bagel bags for the “Lucky Rainbow Bagel. If you find one- One lucky St. Patrick’s Day Green Bagel buyer will win a special gift certificate to be used at the cafe. May the luck of the green bagels be with you!

“Isaac’s Bagel Café ” has two locations, 16-B Mountain Avenue, and 927 Blue Hills Avenue,  Bloomfield, Connecticut. For catering or to book their cafe for a special event, or to pre order your “St. Patrick’s Day Green Bagels call the restaurant at 860-243-8704. “Isaac’s Bagel Cafe” is open from 6am till 3pm daily serving Breakfast and Lunch.

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