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Once Upon a Bagel

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1888 1st St, Highland Park, IL 60035-3102
+1 847-433-1411
06:00 - 20:00
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Sun 06:00 - 14:00
Mon - Fri 06:00 - 20:00
Sat 06:00 - 17:30
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318 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My go-to breakfast treat - they give you 3 nice blintzes with sides of sour cream and warm cherry sauce. Great every time. Also have a huge selection of breakfast and lunch items - and great service, too.

Thank smdds
Mundelein, Illinois
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86 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like bagels, corned beef, various salads and soups, this is the place. For me it is worth the 40 minute trip to get great food.

Thank Stan K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

A Highland Park classic- eat in or take out delicious food - lots more than just bagels. Great soups, deli meats, smoked salmon, tuna salad, and so much more.

Thank Debbie S
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Very delicious food. Mish mosh is my all-time favorite soup. A bit overpriced but I would say worth every penny!!

Thank 890ava
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

This is a great deli. Very traditional. Choice of bagels and bialys is great. Get them with a schmear. Soup and sandwiches are excellent. Something for everyone even Mexican entrees if want. Always found staff there efficient and courteous. When you leave grab some bagels, cream cheese and a sweet.

Thank Livewire2014
Northampton, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

My Chicago culinary exploits were only enhanced by this delicious Jewish deli in Highland Park! Once Upon a Bagel offers a wide variety of food for all ages at reasonable prices. The service is fast and the setting is comfortable. The portions are large enough for just about anyone (one of my most important criteria in rating eateries). This is... More 

Thank The-Count-of-Tuscany
Vernon Hills, Illinois
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Jerry and his late partner Morris open this place in Highland Park in about 1995. Not only are the bagels the best(!) the staff he put together have been working there for about all the time it has been open. Great sandwiches' and the chicken soup is superb. Happy bagel hour starts at 4PM daily with fresh bagels made in... More 

Thank niceguyfromchi
Lincolnshire, Illinois
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Traditional bagel options and limited bakery items. If you are looking for old school deli style bagels and sandwiches his s the place. Local favorite. Their donuts are also great but they only have chocolate topped. Great deli style salads. Family owned and all their restaurants are great

Thank EconGeek
Highland Park, Illinois
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Always good fresh food eat in or carry out. their chicken soup is the best not too salty Though if you buy it frozen it doesn't always mix well! Many choices of bagels shape & size

Thank Adrienne R
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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

The bagels we bought was good. Really recommend lox cream cheese. The staff was quite uninterested in customer service. They didn't had coffee when we were there and that felt strange?

1 Thank Eva A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Soups, Delicatessen
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1888 1st St, Highland Park, IL 60035-3102
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Highland Park
  • Phone Number: +1 847-433-1411

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?