OS Reviews: Mexican Food At Beaver Avenue Bagel Crust
You read that right — Mexican food at Bagel Crust.
Our staff was equally perplexed when we heard that the Bagel Crust on Beaver Avenue would be adding tacos to its afternoon menu. Naturally, we had to try them. Turns out, the menu includes burritos, too.
For those looking to branch out their palette at Bagel Crust, the shop is selling tacos from 3 to 7 p.m. Yes, these items are only sold at the Beaver Avenue location. If you try and purchase them at the Calder Avenue shop, you will be turned away.
Aidan Conrad: Pork, Chicken, & Steak Tacos
Pork (Al Pastor w/ Pineapple) — The taco was love at first bite. The combination of the savory pork and sweet pineapple made it my favorite taco of the three.
Chicken (Pollo) — My second favorite behind the pork. This one did not have the pineapple but was still a solid choice with the Mexican-style toppings.
Steak (Carne Asada) — I wasn’t much of a fan of this one. The steak was a little rough, so it wasn’t so easy to get down. Also, a piece got lodged in my teeth for hours.
It’s good to know that each taco is double-wrapped with tortillas for stability. You will have a little extra dough in each bite.
Matt Brown: Pork, Chicken, & Steak Tacos
I was very skeptical, to say the least, heading into this review. I mean, the place is called Bagel Crust. How is it going to sell tacos?
I was surprised to say that these were some of the best tacos I’ve ever eaten. There were three different options for what kind of meat you could get: chicken, steak, or al pastor. I naturally choose one of each. I had the al pastor taco first, and this was probably my favorite one. The pork was super juicy and was topped with fresh pineapple, which was a pleasant surprise.
I then moved on to the chicken. This chicken was seasoned very well and was very juicy. The cilantro and onions made for a very well-rounded taco. I finished with steak, which is usually my meat of choice when it comes to Mexican food. It didn’t knock my socks off, but it checks the box.
Overall, I rated the tacos combined an 8.5/10. In order, I would go al pastor, chicken, and then steak. My one request would be for a sauce of some sort to dip it in. I think that would only make these tacos better.
Joe Lister: Pork, Chicken, & Steak Tacos
For a place that sells bagels, Bagel Crust makes some incredible tacos. Admittedly, the steak was a little tough, but that was the only concern that I had with these. I was very impressed.
The pork and chicken were perfectly juicy and flavored. The double tortilla made sure that there was no drippage. The little cardboard box was filled with enough tacos to make the $12 purchase worth it. And of course, the Coke that I bought with my tacos was a perfect companion.
To anyone worried that a bagel place cannot make good tacos, you haven’t had Bagel Crust tacos yet. Treat yourself one of these nights and buy tacos from a breakfast place at 5 p.m. You will not regret it.
Kyra Cunningham: California-Style Burrito
I walked in intending to get tacos, but the Bagel Crust owner convinced me to try the new burrito offering. He showed me pictures of what I would get in the California-style burrito: carne asada, rice, refried beans, and guacamole. The owner was very kind and excited for me to try his newest creation. I have eaten a lot of Mexican food, and I have to say, Bagel Crust knows what it is doing.
The proportions inside my burrito were great, and the size of the burrito was perfect for a dinner-sized meal. The sauces were essential, as the contents without them were a tad dry. I enjoyed that these sauces were a bit on the spicier side, too. This burrito was delicious, and for $12.72, I’d say it was well worth the price to support a local business trying something new. I would definitely get this burrito again over one from Chipotle, Moe’s, or Qdoba.
Brady Miller: Steak & Al Pastor Tacos
To get a better feel for this place, I ordered three steak tacos Mexican style and three al pastor pork tacos supreme style.
On the steak tacos, there were onions, cilantro, hot sauce, lime juice, and a green sauce. The steak was cooked well, and the Mexican style gave the tacos a slight kick.
The pork tacos came with pineapple, lettuce, sour cream, and cheese. These were really good, but I quickly realized that they would have been better if I ordered them Mexican style. The pineapple would’ve complimented the spiciness.
Overall, they were good but not great. Maybe they would’ve been slightly better if I didn’t have to walk 15 minutes in a cold wind storm. I did enjoy the tacos and would like to go back for some “cheesy tacos” and guacamole. Bring the tacos to Calder Way.
Nolan Wick: Carne Asada Burrito
Although the $12.72 price tag is a little bit higher for a burrito than Yallah or Chipotle, I thought Bagel Crust’s carne asada burrito tasted pretty good.
In addition to the steak, the burrito was filled with refried beans, guacamole, and Mexican rice, which made for a nice combination. Although they were good, I probably wouldn’t have used as many refried beans as there were, and the rice added the best taste, in my opinion.
Overall, the burrito was filling and tasty, and I recommend giving it a try if you’re open to spending slightly more than you would at other burrito-serving establishments in State College.
Evan Halfen: Chicken, Steak, & Pork Tacos
When I first heard that Bagel Crust started selling tacos, I thought I was getting pranked. Little to my surprise, it was indeed true.
Once I arrived, the joint was all decked out with decorations, along with a huge taco hat that I was tempted to try on.
After taking a few minutes to browse my options, I decided to get the three tacos bundle and went with one chicken, one steak, and one pork (al pastor with pineapple) taco, all topped with cilantro, onions, hot sauce, and lime. All three tacos had the perfect amount of spice and made my tummy happy.
Although all three were very well-made and flavorful, the al pastor taco was my favorite by far. The pineapple was a nice touch and added some sweetness to the spice. I will definitely be back for more.
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