Pavement Coffeehouse (Where Bagel Dreams Are Born)

Day 2 of brunch week is a tale of my favorite bagel in Boston. I first discovered Pavement Coffeehouse during my grad school orientation at Boston University. I ordered The Fix (eggs, sausage, smoked gouda, and pepper jam on a biscuit). I cannot recommend this breakfast sandwich more. The house made biscuit sold me on this coffee shop as a good place to get food on campus.

Pavement certainly has good coffee. I don’t need to go into too much detail, but I do love the Spanish latte. However, I am here to talk about the food, specifically bagels.

Although there are eight locations in total, I primarily visit the location on BU’s campus. My typical food order involves a bagel. Pavement makes all their bagels in a commissary kitchen over a three day process. Having seen the bagel making process in the culinary program, I understand what an undertaking they are tackling.

The available flavors are everything, plain, sesame, rosemary salt, cinnamon raisin, and multi-grain everything. Given my sesame allergy, I am limited to three options. That doesn’t matter to me, because once I tried the rosemary salt, there was no going back to a different bagel.

I first tried the rosemary salt bagel back in October as a sandwich with eggs, cheese, and avocado. I immediately fell in love with bagel. I like salt bagels, but many places have so much salt (typically a denser salt) that I feel the need to drink a gallon of water right after eating. Pavement’s version has a light coating of tender, flaky salt that gently activates the tastebuds without the excess thirst. Plus, the bagels have the chewy texture I like.

On the menu right now is my favorite casual brunch meal to get on days when I am struggling to plan lunch and already hungry on the way to work. This is the Harper (lemon dill cream cheese, tomatoes, sprouts, and cucumbers on the rosemary salt bagel), although I also add red onion. The lemon dill cream cheese is bright, and the vegetables bring a fresh quality that makes me feel like I can take on a day of work.

Pavement has online ordering, so you can place your order on your way, and your food will be ready when you show up. They will even text you when your order is available. The process is convenient; they have several locations; and the food is satisfying. I’m glad I discovered Pavement on day one, so I can enjoy this food the entire time I am in Boston.

*This post reflects my honest views. I did not receive any compensation or other incentives to post this review.

Pavement Coffeehouse (one of eight locations)
736 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 766-6048