Tasting Notes: Dining

Cuisine and scene: Selling bagels to local grocery stores and restaurants for most of its 18 years, this bakery's reach goes far beyond the tiny storefront in the Ashland Street Cinemas complex. When owner Francesca Fericano expanded to add seating a couple of years ago, Little Shop of Bagels became one of Ashland's best-kept secrets for quick, inexpensive breakfasts and lunches. Early birds can choose from more than a dozen varieties fresh from the oven. Apart from some unconventional flavors, such as cranberry-walnut and chocolate chip, the bagels are fairly traditional — not too big and pleasantly chewy.

Recommended: Veggie sandwich piled with avocado and other fresh produce; eggle-bagel with scrambled eggs; lox sandwich with cream cheese, capers, tomato and red onion; toasted spinach bagel with sundried-tomato cream cheese; Marionberry cream cheese, whipped up to order with Wall's Berry Farm jam.

Alternative diets: Organic and natural flours in basic bagel dough; whole- and sprouted-wheat bagel options; tofutti cream cheese, tofu paté and organic cream cheese and peanut butter available; cage-free eggs and nitrate-free turkey and ham.

Beverages: Organic Has-Beans coffee, organic teas, organic milk and dairy alternatives, juices, sodas.

Price range: Plain bagels, $1 apiece to $11 for a baker's dozen; bagels with choice of spread, $2.50 to $4.50; sandwiches, $5 to $8.50; sides and additions, 75 cents to $4.

Extras: Couch for lounging; picnic tables outside; plenty of parking in cinema lot.

Serving: From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily or until bagels sell out. (Correction: The days of operation have been updated in this listing.)

Info: 1644 Ashland St. No. 5, Ashland; 541-488-0718.

— Sarah Lemon

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