Humble Bagel: New Orleans Food
We have a lot of favorite food memories, and sometimes they are made in funny ways. Two blocks away from the hospital where I’ve birthed my last three children is a street lined with restaurants and cafes. Consequently I now have food memories woven in with baby memories. . .the first being our introduction to Humble Bagel after the birth of baby no. 3. Once our chunky son was born, my hungry husband asked one of the L&D nurses what was good nearby to eat (one works up an appetite birthing babies), and she said that Humble Bagel was dangerously good, and just a few minutes’ walk. (Aren’t the best recommendations always word of mouth??) Off he went, and the nurse was right; it’s dangerously good! My husband returned the next very next morning for another bagel breakfast! We’ve returned numerous times since.
They make their bagels fresh every day; their daily flavors are plain, everything, cinnamon raisin, onion, garlic, sesame seed, poppy seed, salt, and honey whole wheat, plus a special flavor each day they’re open (Monday: Cinnamon Sugar, Thursday: Pumpernickel, Friday: Egg, Saturday: Sourdough, and Sunday: Chocolate Chip). They also make their flavored cream cheeses in-house.
My favorite is their vegetable cream cheese; unlike most kinds I’ve had elsewhere (which are rather anemic on the vegetables), theirs is stuffed full of minced or grated carrots, red bell peppers, green onions, and probably another vegetable I’m missing! The vegetables take center stage, making the cream cheese taste fresh and far more flavorful than most vegetable cream cheeses. I love it. I usually get it on a seeded bagel, either sesame or poppy. (Aannnd now I’m getting hungry typing this up!)
My husband’s favorite item on the Humble Bagel menu is their hot breakfast sandwich; he gets his made on their salt or sourdough bagel, with pepper jack cheese, two eggs, and bacon. It is excellent.
When you walk in, you stand in line to order,then wait until your name is called. There’s not much difference between dine-in and take-out — this is not sit-down breakfast place per se. The inside is small, with perhaps four tables at which to sit, with a couple more outside for when the weather is lovely.
They have local fresh-roasted coffee to complement your bagel, as well as a refrigerator case full of other beverages. (Plus cream cheese to go!)
They are known to sell out, especially on the weekends, so don’t expect to make a last-minute dash before they close!
If you want to place a large order (2 dozen or more), be sure to contact them ahead of time.
4716 Freret St