LYNCHBURG, Va. – As a kid, I remember oftentimes going with my mom to the deli or to the bagel store. Every now and then, I try to find something like that in our area. We struck gold when we came across Bacon Street Bagels in Lynchburg.
Owner, Jordan Hawkins, tells us, “We’re sort of filling a hole that the community really wanted.”
The Hill City is already a place flourishing with great places to eat, but he says this is part of a bigger mission.
He says that often, “Employees are just kind of wrung out like wet rags.”
Bacon Street is a place where both customers and employees can feel fulfilled. Hawkins is a self-taught baker. He teaches us a little bit about their bagel-making process.
“A classic New York bagel from start to finish usually takes about a day or so. You start off by mixing the yeast, the flour and the water and that has to sit for about two hours. We mix in all the dry ingredients…anything else that we need to make that specific type of bagel. We roll them all out by hand. After that point, they go in the fridge and they cold ferment overnight. And that’s where you get a lot of the flavor. That rich, bready flavor.”
Boiled and baked, the bagels get a crispy crust with a chewy center. It’s no wonder why Bacon Street took the Hill City by storm right away.
“We sold out the first 9 straight days that we were open. We had to buy a bigger mixer, a bigger oven. We had to double our staff,” said Hawkins.
He estimates they’ve made 20,000 bagels in just four months, and you know there will be plenty more to come. That’s especially the case when they’ve got a lineup of delicious sandwiches too.
The classic bacon egg and cheese is a hit, along with some other special ones.
“An avocado BLT and one of my personal favorites, the Lenora. It’s actually named after my grandmother.”
Of course, if you need a jolt to go with your bagel, this shop has some killer local coffee too.