BOSS Bagels’ massive breakfast sandwich cures hangovers and hunger in Terrell Hills
Rating: Solid neighborhood option
Since opening in 2017, BOSS Bagels and Coffee in Terrell Hills has been one of the San Antonio area’s premier destinations for bagels.
BOSS, an acronym for “Bagels on Southern Soil,” is the creation of owners Brandon and Christie Soileau. They opened the coffee shop and bagel emporium in the Sunset Ridge Shopping Center on North New Braunfels when Brandon retired after a lengthy tenure as an instructor at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and San Antonio.
The bagels served here are influenced by New York, Canada and Texas. All of the bagels are hand-rolled and cooked in a wood-fired oven and then served straight out of the storage bins, steamed or toasted for added crunch.
The traditional bagel with a schmear of cream cheese is the backbone of the business, but this is also a serious sandwich shop with 16 options that can be customized with add-ons.
The sandwiches range from $6.95 to $11.50 for just the sandwich. That may seem high, but these sandwiches are big enough to stand up to any deli offering.
Best sandwich: The Country Ham Hangover Cure ($9.75) is an all-in-one total breakfast experience with delicious slices of cured pork layered with bacon, cheddar cheese, a fried egg with a beautifully runny yolk and a layer of cream cheese with the flavors of a loaded baked potato — all tucked inside a tasty onion bagel.
Other sandwiches: The Fancy Pig ($11.95 with a side of coleslaw) is the priciest sandwich on the menu, but it’s anchored by high-quality prosciutto on a garlic bagel base that’s topped with mozzarella cheese, fresh spinach and a pesto schmear. It’s a savory indulgence worth breaking the piggy bank for.
You can’t be a bagel shop without smoked salmon and lox, which is salmon that’s cured but not smoked. The Slammin Salmon ($11.50) offers your choice of either (I chose the lox) on a sesame seed bagel, and then dresses it with capers, sliced red onions, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs and a tangy spread that’s heavy on the lemon and dill. It was good, but light enough on the fish that the tomatoes were the dominant taste and I had to remove some.
The ratios were also off on the SATX Yardbird ($9.95 with a side of coleslaw), served on a jalapeño bagel with chicken, bacon, chunks of avocado and chile lime mayonnaise. None of the otherwise flavorful ingredients were a match for that much jalapeño-flavored bread.
But that much jalapeño-flavored bread is exactly what I would want if I were ordering a just a bagel and schmear — and again, that’s the backbone of BOSS. I took home an everything bagel ($3.95) with caramelized onion spread, and it was a perfect savory breakfast. Heavy on the garlic, salt and poppy seeds, this could carry you through breakfast and lunch.
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