I just returned from an early morning bagel run to Cupertino’s N.Y. Bagel and Deli in the West End (do they actually have their own website?). This is my third visit including yesterday morning – investigation requires work, after all – and I’m convinced now that I’ve found something resembling a decent bagel shop in Richmond (and possibly even a good deli!). I’ve since had some more bagels (pretty good), a capicola and mozzarella sandwich on their fresh baked rye bread (not quite a deli-portion of meat, but it was DELICIOUS), and even some of that Boylan cream soda I dig so much. Next time I go over there (how soon is too soon?) I plan to hit up some of their fresh crumb cake in addition to some fresh cold cuts for the week’s lunches.
Is this a true transplanted deli from the Northeast? Have I found my real bagels and delicatessen?
I’d say it’s halfway – but that’s very promising for my fair city. The bagels are certainly a cut above anything Einstein’s or Panera has to offer. The fact that I can get capicola on a sandwich is rare (but not impossible) in Richmond. The fresh rye bread is fantastic, though, and tasted at least as good as anything I’ve had back in Jersey. My hope is that Cupertino’s remains a busy so that other bagel makers see opportunity down here in the South.
Tip o’ the hat to Tripp for pointing out the joint.