So, what’s in a name? In this case, there’s much more than just bagels.
True, the heart of their business is the chewy round bread with a hole in the middle that they make daily, but the offerings at Bagel Factory extend much farther. And because Myrtle Beach is a haven for vacationers and transplants from the Northeastern United States, this multiple location eatery has become something of an institution in the area.
The breakfast menu begins predictably, On A Bagel, with options including with Butter, Cream Cheese, Fat Free Cream Cheese, Specialty Cream Cheese (veggie, chive, strawberry, walnut & raisin, green olive & pimento, garlic & herb, jalapeno & cheddar), or with Lox & Cream Cheese.
Other morning options include Omelettes (plain, spinach, bacon ham or sausage, vegetable, western, mushroom & cheese, Greek) served with home fries, bagel, roll, or toast; Eggs (on a bagel, with Taylor ham, with bacon, ham, or sausage, any style, with potatoes, with lox, onions, and potatoes, or benedict-style with potatoes); Pancakes & French Toast; Low-Fat Breakfast Wraps; and Breakfast Specials (Brooklyn platter – lox, tomato, onion, cream cheese, bagel, side salad).
For lunch, options include Sandwiches (tuna salad, chicken salad, seafood salad, egg salad, BLT, grilled cheese, hot dog, chili dog); Sandwich Specials (club, chicken club, tuna melt, Italian sub, hot veggie sub, grilled chicken sandwich, Philly cheesesteak, or Reuben); Low-Fat Wraps (chicken or tuna salad, grilled chicken ranch or Caesar, veggie); Quesadillas (chicken, mushrooms, onions, and cheese); Burgers (beef, cheese, cheese with mushrooms, bacon with cheese, garden burger); Paninis (grilled chicken with pesto, veggie, grilled turkey); Salads (grilled chicken, chef, tossed, egg, tuna, chicken or seafood salad).
And for the sweet teeth out there, Bagel Factory has a bunch of fresh-baked goods like cookies, brownies, turnovers, muffins, Danish, and other pastries. They also sell deli meats, cheeses, homemade cream cheeses, and Lox Nova, all by the half-pound.
This place is also known and loved for their generous daily specials. For less than six bucks, appetites can be defeated with the following:
Monday – Tuna or Chicken Salad Sandwich
Tuesday – Roast Beef Sandwich
Wednesday – Soup and Half Sandwich
Thursday – Hamburger with Fries
Friday – Seafood Salad Sandwich
Every day – Two Hot Dogs with Fries
This is your standard, walk-up bakery/deli/café with the menu on the wall behind the counter. The tables are spaced appropriately around the eating area, but depending on the time of day and the local demand for New York-style dining, the conversations of nearby diners might be unavoidable. Which, of course, is not always a bad thing.