We love the change of seasons here in the scenic Columbia River Gorge! Our baker especially loves the earlier sunrises – it’s truly inspiring to boil & bake while the sky comes alive!
The summer season means things really start hoppin’ in our little downtown area, too! We see many, many visitors to the Gorge & it’s fun to get their days started with a great bagel and awesome cup of coffee.
Our blenders have been going with our new cream-based blended frozen coffee drinks and frozen fruit smoothies! Our cold brew Pacific Rim Guatemalan coffee has been a big hit, too. The already smooth character of this coffee becomes almost chocolatey after the cold brew process. Delicious. Try it as an iced coffee, iced latte or blended as a frappe!
Our fabulous Bagel Dogs are back! We use Olympic Provision‘s meaty pork foot long frankfurters for our yummy bagel dogs. Come give one a try!
A note on Gluten Free – For quality and consistency, we are now stocking Udi’s Brand Gluten Free bagels. Come give one a try!
Sure – we love ‘em toasted with butter & Apple Valley strawberry jam OR with just the perfect spread of veggie cream cheese… but our bagels are for more than just breakfast! We make great lunch sandwiches with fresh veggies, our house blended cream cheeses and a great selection of deli meats & cheeses. They make great take-now eat-later sandwiches if you are on the go in the morning.
Bagel platters can turn even the most hohum meeting into a celebration. Well, maybe not – but it doesn’t hurt to bring bagels & cream cheese if you are holding your staff captive for a 2 hour meeting.
Most of all – we love bagels as a celebration. We are always thrilled when people order up a dozen or more for their wedding brunches, birthday parties & family gatherings. Our heart shaped bagels & X’s & O’s are really cute for wedding showers or morning after brunch. We’d love to put together a custom order for your special day! Give us a call – five 4 one 3 eight six 21 twenty-three.
Being a small business in a small town that relies heavily on our fabulous tourists and visitors, means that off seasons can be a little challenging… starting January 1st, Hood River Bagel is closed on Wednesday until the season picks up. We open at 7am daily & try to stay open until 2pm – or until we sell out of bagels!
Heading to Mt. Hood Meadows for some of the great late winter snow? Flash your pass (or mention it – we trust you!) at the register & enjoy $1 off our locally roasted Pacific Rim coffee or Steven Smith Tea. This includes our drip coffee & excellent espresso drinks.
Our bagels are truly a labor of love – we make all of our dough in-house and boil and bake daily. We use high quality ingredients - Shepherd’s Grain High Gluten and Whole Wheat Flours, yeast, Hood River water, cane sugar and other fine quality fruits, veggies, spices, etc! We strive to minimize waste and have a pretty tight baking schedule to keep from having excess inventory left over each day. It might be frustrating to find a limited selection late in the day – but that’s our goal. If you know you need bagels – call it in the night before & we’ll have exactly what you’re looking for you ready to go. Otherwise, your best bet is to come in early or call ahead for our daily selections.
Need to reach us or place an order? Call the shop 541 three eight 6 two one 23 OR send an email directly – hoodriverbagel AT gmail dot com. All comments on our site are ending up in spam…
While your out doing your holiday shopping – remember all the great resources we have in the Gorge for local gifts. Gorge Owned (www.GorgeOwned.org) is doing a great GOLocal promo to reward you for your efforts! Plus – there are a lot of fun prizes on their online auction.
How do bagels make a great local gift? Here are our tips:
1) Last minute invite? Nothing says ‘thank you’ to your host or hostess like a GIFT CARD to Hood River Bagel! Available in whatever denomination you need – it’s a great way to let someone treat themself to a bagel and a cup of our great locally roasted, fairly traded organic coffee from Pacific Rim Coffee Roasters.
2) Weekend away? A baker’s dozen (13 for $10!) plus some of our yummy cream cheese make a great gift. And chances are good you’ll get to eat some of the bagels yourself!
3) Over the River & Through the Woods? Keep your carful happy and full with bagels, sandwiches, drinks and local treats from the shop. We open at 7 AM for those early morning departures!
4) Need to feed a office or houseful of folks? One (or two) of our bagel platters can do the trick. We will slice and arrange your bagels with your choice of cream cheeses. Add some of our delicious sliced deli meats and cheeses and you’ve got an easy and affordable meal for many.
5) Corporate Gifts? Need to say thanks to a lot of customers or employees? We offer a customize gift card program that allows you to give logo’d gift cards in your choice of denominations. We can also put together fabulous gift baskets that include our bagels, cream cheese, local fruit, teas, coffees and other tasty treats. Let us know how we can help!
We’re hanging on to the spirit of summer here at Hood River Bagel! We’ve got a fun line up of new bagels, cream cheeses & sandwiches that are inspired by the flavors of the islands – pineapple, mango, banana, mac nut – even spam!
Here’s a sampling of what’s new:
Mac Nut Cream Cheese – Cream cheese blended with roasted macadamia nuts, dark chocolate chips and flaked coconut
Hawaiian Tropic Bagel – A bagel made with banana, pineapple, mango & coconut
da Local – Egg, pineapple, SPAM, and cheese served on a bagel of your choice
Open Aloha – Bagel of your choice topped with ham, pineapple & mozzarella cheese – broiled open face
We’ve also got our fabulous frozen fruit smoothies – banana, mango, pineapple, strawberry or Oregon berry – try one or mix ‘em up!
Come on in and let our new menu items take you on an instant trip to the islands! While you you are in – register to win a trip to Hawaii courtesy of Maupin Stoves & Spas and the radio stations of BiCoastal Media!
The summer season coming to a close… it’s a bittersweet time for us here in downtown Hood River. We already miss the rush and excitement of our summer visitors, but it’s nice to take some time to chat with our local customers that get lost in the mix during the busy times. The changing seasons also brings the last flavors of summer – ripe pears & peaches, and the first taste of fall – ripening pears and soon apples.
We’ve got the time now to explore these flavors – with great inspiration from our coworkers. Becky brought in pear butter – and after mixed with cream cheese we thought of some ways to bring this to our customers in house. We’re starting with local peaches, slow roasting them in our oven with spices to concentrate the flavors and then blending into cream cheese. Voila – Spiced Peach cream cheese!
We love the start of football season – and to celebrate Tiffany brings us our Buffalo-Blue Cheese cream cheese blend. A great mix of Frank’s red Hot sauce, Oregon Blue Cheese from Rogue Creamery and cream cheese. Great as a dip or on a bagel (I’m thinking onion!) or as a spread like on our featured sandwich – turkey or chicken with provolone and pepperoncinis on the bagel of your choice!
We’ve also got an old favorite making a return – Lemon Poppyseed. Fresh lemon zest adds the finishing note to this great bagel. Try it with the new peach cream cheese or with our strawberry cream cheese.
Drop by for these treats & keep a look out for new surprises on the horizon…
What makes us different from other places with bagels? We do it everyday.
Bagels in the kettle…
Well mostly. We take Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas off. And maybe another day here and there. BUT – for the most part – we are here every morning, hours before the shop opens at 6:00 AM – boiling and baking our bagels. We also make all our own dough – no shortcuts! While many of our bagels are made from plain bagel dough, we also make whole-wheat, cinnamon-sugar, cinnamon-raisin, blueberry, tomato-basil, onion, jalapeno-cheddar & the seasonal bagels. All different formulas – all made individually.
Summertime means that we make almost double the number of bagels that we do in the winter – and we are trying to find the right number of bagels without having too many left over at the end of the day. So – if you see the “Sorry Sold Out” sign up a bit in the next few weeks – please be patient. We’re working on making enough bagels to meet your needs! Want to make sure we’ve got the bagels you want? Call the hotline & leave our baker a message – we’ll have them ready for you - 541 386 2123.
A Note About Gluten FreeBagels – We make them every Friday morning. Bagels are normally a high-gluten product and ours are no exception. For our Gluten-Free friends, we have developed a recipe with rice flour, quinoa flour, potato starch, almond meal, xanthan gum, sugar, salt, olive oil, yeast, egg whites & water. We store our GF ingredients in sealed bins to minimize atmospheric contact. We also make them in the front of the house where we don’t process as many other flour products. The mixer is sanitized, and the dough is kept isolated from gluten-loaded products. The bagels get boiled 1st thing – before any thing else hits the kettle – and baked on their own pans by themselves. If you are sensitive to any trace amount of gluten – then you probably don’t hang around traditional bagel shops, anyway. If you are elimnating most gluten from your diet – you should give them a try! Fresh on fridays – frozen if any left over for the week. Questions – give us a call 541 dash 386 dash 2123 or drop an email hoodriverbagel at gmail dot com.
Hood River Bagel is conveniently located in the Scenic Columbia River Gorge – just an hour east of Portland! Make us part of your visit to the Gorge!
When we get the chance to source local – we take it. Sometimes local means the coffee roasted just down the street & sometimes it means sourcing flour from a regional producer – maybe a hundred miles away or so – but that’s o.k.
We choose to get our special high-gluten flour from Shepherd’s Grain - a group of family farmers that are dedicated to sustainable agriculture. It may cost a little more, but we think that’s o.k. Does it make our bagels taste better? We like to think so. Do we feel better about ourselves for supporting regional, responsible farmers? Definitely. Check out their website and look for their logo where you buy artisanal bread.
Speaking of local – we’ve got some yummy scones on hand for a limited time – made with locally grown & dried cherries. And lots of butter & love. We will be making a variety of scones & baking them during the weekdays. On weekends – look for our delicious cinnamon rolls.
Local Canned Salmon: We have a few jars left of local salmon – caught & canned last summer. Our source is legit – Our guy Doug runs the stand in the summer out in front of WindDance and sells fresh fish to local restaurants. We get the smoked salmon for our cream cheese spread from him, too. Folks ask what to do with canned salmon. It’s great out of the jar on bagels or crackers. We use it at home to make yummy salmon cakes. We’ll have the recipe at the shop. Get it while you ‘can’!
Don’t you? Show someone you love them with your own heart shaped bagels! We can make ‘em in any flavor – even gluten free! Perfect for school valentine’s parties! Call ahead to order – we’ll need 2 days notice, please. 541-386-2123.