65. Love Bagel from Koffee Klatch

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Love, Laguna Beach style

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By now, lemon pepper is just one of the many options for your morning bagel, but it was a revelation back in the early 1990s, when my now-wife, forever-chica first tasted the flavor at the Koffee Klatch in Laguna Beach. She had it in the form of the Love Bagel, a straightforward treat of your bagel choice topped with cream cheese, tomatoes, red onions and that lemon pepper. I never had it until recently, when we spent a day in Laguna for a one-day pre-honeymoon.

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While many culinary trends have come and gone since, the Love Bagel remains, perhaps because it's a grand morning pick-me-up: the tartness of the tomatoes, the zip of the onions, the soothing comfort of the bagel and cream cheese. And then the lemon pepper comes in at the end, brightening everything--and life itself, indeed. Sure, you can find this exact dish in virtually every coffee shop in Southern California--but who else would call it love?

The List:

66. Kouign Amann From The Crema Cafe & Bakery
67. Chili Lime Popcorn From Green Tomato Grill
68. PB & J At Hopscotch
69. Takuwan Sushi from AnQi by Crustacean
70. Ube Ensaymadas from The Ensaymada Project
71. Pork Bánh Mì at the OC Poultry and Rotisserie Market
72. Tacos Gobernador from Mariscos Los Corales
73. Dutch Baby at the Original Pancake House
74. Doughnuts from Sidecar
75. Lengua Tacos at La Chonita
76. Oysters from Carlsbad Aquafarm at the Orange Homegrown Farmers Market
77. Lemon Miso Crab Melt at Umami Burger in Laguna Beach
78. Pani Puri from Adya
79. The Pocket at the Pocket Burger
80. Gyro Sandwich from Paul's Place
81. Slice of Heaven at Pie-Not
82. Taquitos at El Toro Bravo
83. Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut at the Donuttery
84. Dan Dan Mian at Wei-Shian Noodle
85. Beef Burger at Rider's Club Café
86. Smoked Trout at Provenance
87. Small Plates at A&J Restaurant
88. Corn Cheese at Zoomak Asian Bistro
89. Pumpkin Curry at Bhan Baitong
90. Poke at Costco Tustin II
91. Pambazo at Tacos Radioactivos
92. Beef Pho at Pho Crystal Noodle House
93. Breakfast Burrito from Cafe Calacas
94. Koobideh Plate from Grill Cafe
95. Tacos de Cecina from Alebrije's
96. Jajangmyeong from Ching Chinese Express
97. Breakfast Sausage from Da-Le Ranch
98. Any Special Dinner by Old Vine Cafe's Mark McDonald
99. Tres Amigos Burrito from Piaggio on Wheels
100. Bacon-Wrapped Dates from Lola Gaspar

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Koffee Klatch

1440 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

Category: General

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