We stopped into the The Bagel Table in Natick Center when the doors first opened at a time when they were still working out the kinks. During that maiden visit we were told there would be a 25-minute wait to make the sandwich of our dreams due to a back-up of orders in the kitchen, so we passed on that. But we left The Bagel Table impressed by the crisp interior design of the space and the staff’s obvious commitment to keeping customers and staff safe.
There’s plenty of distance in the large dining space between the four tables that can seat ten. And staff members were certainly on their game with the ingredients information. We keep a nuts-free home, and were assured—accurately—that the cinnamon strudel muffins that caught our interest were made without nuts. They also were sure to inform us that the muffins were made in a facility that was not nuts-free, information that was very appreciated so that we might make our ordering decisions accordingly. We left with a bagful of the not-too-sweet goodies, and every crumb was devoured at home. Fresh bagels are also available (of course), and they were doing a brisk business in custom-roast coffee orders.
We vowed to return as soon as possible and try out the roast turkey sandwich that sounded so good. On our second visit the service was just as friendly, and this time the kitchen hummed with efficiency. In no time we had our roast turkey sandwich, made to order all toasty-warm, with a generous amount of high-quality turkey. A side of potato salad was a welcome addition that made our lunch complete.
Other menu items include: specialty bagel sandwiches; a wide variety of breakfast sandwiches; lunch sandwiches such as BLTs, Italian combo, chicken salad, pastrami, tuna salad, and ham; green salads; and a gorgeous array of breads and baked sweets.
Local celebrities also have apparently discovered the place. While picking up my to-go bag, I exchanged greetings with Ben Greenberg, owner of Debsan Decorating Store in Natick Center.
RESTAURANT: The Bagel Table
ADDRESS: 9 South Main St., Natick, MA 01760
HOURS: Open daily for breakfast & lunch seven days a week:
Monday-Friday: 7am – 2pm
Saturday & Sunday: 7am – 2pm
OTHER: The Bagel Table has three additional locations, in Ashland, Boston Landing, and Chestnut Hill. Next on The Bagel Table’s quest for word domination: a Wayland location, expected to open in 2021.