Between Two Cheese Plates – With Julia Messer

The first in an occasional series on food from around Cougar Tech.

As I waited in the Café for my hand-selected asiago bagel, lightly toasted with sumptuous nonfat butter, I couldn’t help but feel a bit apprehensive about the coming meal. I hoped the plain decor and limited menu were not representative of the quality of the cuisine I had come to sample. I received my bagel in a reasonable amount of time and the service was good. Things are looking up, I presumed.

The bagel itself lacked a certain je ne sais quoi. The butter was unevenly spread, the toasting was well past done, and the cheese was not uniformly distributed between the two halves. From the looks of my breakfast, I thought I was in store for the Miley Cyrus of bagels.

I have never been so wrong. The essence of asiago did a foxtrot across my tastebuds; met halfway by the waltz of the fluffy bagel. This toothsome breakfast food kept getting better with each bite. The combination of piquant cheese, perfectly baked bread, and the artisanal butter was like a symphony of flavors.

However, the “99 cent” tea I had purchased for $2.67 was rather underwhelming. The cloyingly sweet “natural” flavors overwhelmed my taste buds and was certainly not worth the fake price it has printed on its can.

Overall, my experience at the Café was inconsistent. I give it 3 1/2 stars. If you don’t care about ambiance or reasonable prices and love bagels, this is the place for you.

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Julia is a senior who is still silently judging you.