Crestline Bagel in Cahaba Heights

Lucky you, Cahaba Heights! You have your own Crestline Bagel Co. now.

The beloved breakfast and lunch spot in Mountain Brook’s Crestline Village specializes in New York-style bagels and sees lines out the door every weekend (and some weekdays, too). Delayed school start? Crestline Bagel stop.

This second location is in a new development on Crosshaven Drive in Vestavia Hills that also will house a Leaf & Petal plant (and home decor and more) shop and Becky Satterfield‘s highly anticipated El Zunzún, a gourmet Latin American restaurant named after the hummingbirds that migrate to Central and South America every winter.

Crestline Bagel Co. has been in the heart of Crestline Village for more than 20 years, where it has become a part of the community. I expect the same thing will happen in Cahaba Heights. They’ve already put in a bicycle rack to accommodate the neighbors nearby. There’s nice patio seating outside, and when Leaf & Petal is in, with its fresh, green environment, that space will be amazing.

And, yes, they have a big gum ball machine here, too.

Jennifer Yarbrough bought Crestline Bagel Co. in 2007 and she and her husband, Ralph, immediately committed to making not only authentic bagels but also other artisanal bakery items like organic, seeded breads; focaccia and challah; wheat and flour wraps; cupcakes and cookies and scones; and even dog cupcakes that look so delicious I once–almost–ordered one by mistake.

Each item is crafted by hand with age-old methods using fresh, whole ingredients. The way it should be.

The menu features bagels of all kinds with nearly a dozen cream cheeses (some seasonal). My go-to is a whole wheat everything toasted and spread with honey-walnut cream cheese. There are egg sandwiches and biscuits with jam available, too. They make a lot of paninis and wraps at lunch as well as pizza bagels and fresh salads. You can build your own sandwich with ingredients like Boar’s Head turkey and creamy goat cheese. The three-cheese and tomato panini on the homemade focaccia is delicious. And Crestline Bagel Co. caters, too.

The new store is light and bright and open with plenty of room to sit and enjoy your meal or your gourmet coffee or your friends or all of that. Once Leaf & Petal and El Zunzún are open, too, I believe I could just stay in this one area all day long.

Crestline Bagel Co.

66-B Church Street, Mountain Brook

4117 Crosshaven Drive, Vestavia Hills

Hours: Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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