Bean &Bagel Café is a quaint bagel, deli and coffee shop nestled in a bank plaza you’ll see heading north on Kings Highway in Fort Pierce.
The morning I found it, I was in need of coffee and was thrilled I made a wrong turn into the small plaza. The staff was good natured and quickly filled my order while telling me the café has been this spot for a little more than a year.
When you walk through the door, you will be greeted by the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and as well as a combination of cinnamon, salty bacon and herb bagels.
The adorable café has a small bar facing the window and a few wooden-backed bench seats where you can enjoy your food. The display cases show off a variety of tasty muffins, slices of cake on the baked side and deli meats and salads on the other. A back wall is studded with baskets filled with a variety of sugary and savory flavored bagels waiting to be taken home.
Breakfast is served until 11 a.m. with bagel breakfast sandwiches or a variety of spreads, including vegetable, onion and chive cream cheese and others, and yogurt parfaits.
For lunch, the offerings include deli wraps and sandwiches, homemade soups and salads. If it had been lunch time, I would have tried the Schube sandwich, fresh-sliced roast beef and mozzarella, crispy fried onions, red peppers and a creamy horseradish sauce.
I ordered a 16-ounce vanilla iced coffee ( $2.50 plus 50 cents for flavoring). It was a perfect creamy, sweet blend and elevated my mood almost immediately. It’s amazing what a good coffee can do.
I found a delicious pesto mozzarella bagel that became a bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich ( $4.55 plus 85 cents for the specialty bagel). The bagel, with a pocket of pesto and mozzarella in the center, was lightly toasted andthe bacon was crisp, the eggs fluffy and the oozy cheese held it all together.
Since I was instantly happier, I picked up a few baked goods for friends. Cinnamon toast crunch and pumpkin glazed muffins ( $2.75 each), and a slice of pound cake ( $2.85).
The muffins were massive with just the right amount of sweetness and spices. The lemon-blueberry pound cake was a hit, citrusy with plump blueberries speckled throughout the springy, yet dense cake slice and lightly dusted with powdered sugar.
Melissa Stonesifer dines anonymously at the expense of Treasure Coast Newspapers. Contact her at [email protected] or follow @M_Stonesifer on Twitter.
Bean &Bagel Café
Address: 5047 Kings Highway, Fort Pierce ( TD Bank plaza)
Hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 7 a.m.-1p.m. Sunday
Handicap access: Yes
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