1941 Middle Country Rd
Centereach, NY 11720
So for my first post, I’ve decided to backtrack to a favorite spot from my hometown: Poppy Seeds Bagels. When I say favorite, I don’t just mean mine (I’m not going to lie in my first post, there are far better spots out there that I will get to), but in the hamlet of Centereach, this is definitely a favorite amongst locals.
First and foremost, this place is CASH ONLY, which in today’s society can be an inconvenience at times.
Bagels: These are NOT water boiled, and the bagels have that yellow cornmeal on the bottom of it. They are squishy, which sucks entirely if they aren’t toasted. That being said, whenever I would frequent this spot, I would always get my bagel toasted. For some reason… these bagels are REALLY GOOD when toasted with cream cheese. Not that Thomas’ or Dunkin Donuts toasted bagel crap; I mean yummy, warm and crispy toasted bagels with the cream cheese oozing out the sides, tempting one to lick their fingers clean.
Oh, and for those that enjoy vegetable cream cheese (it’s my go-to if done right), their vegetable cream cheese is perfection. I loathe when places do not have finely chopped veggies in their spread, leaving you to ask, “Can I have some cream cheese with my vegetables?” If I wanted a salad, I’d order one! That’s not the case with this place. Their cream cheese is on point!
Beverages: I would always get their iced tea. Oh my GOD their sweetened iced tea is the most refreshing. While Poppy Seeds may have a thumbs down for not water boiling their bagels, they get “two enthusiastic thumbs up” for their iced tea. I have yet to find as good sweetened iced tea since moving away from Centereach. Le sigh.
Breakfast sandwiches: When I didn’t get a bagel from here, I would get the other NY classic: an egg and cheese! Their egg and cheese on a roll (bacon, egg and cheese for the bacon lovers out there) are to die for. Their kaiser rolls are delicious and firm – never soggy which is always a disappointment at other delis. There’s a reason why there are lines almost to the door waiting for their hot delicacies.
egg bagel toasted w/veggie cream cheese
egg and cheese on a roll w/salt, pepper, ketchup