Long Islanders complain about a lot of things: Rush hour traffic, taxes, summer traffic, the ineptitude of New York sports teams, just-because traffic…you get the point. But anyone who has moved has quickly learned that no one—and I mean no one—can do a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich like a Long Islander. Rolls and bagels toasted and buttered (or not) to perfection, the ideal egg-to-bacon-to-cheese ratio. This popular Long Island breakfast choice is an almost nonexistent luxury elsewhere.
“I live in Florida now. We have to drive 1200 miles for a decent egg sandwich,” lamented Pulse Facebook follower Roger Timms.
I wanted to know which delis, bagel shops and restaurants were bringing home the bacon like no other. To find out, I turned to the experts: You. You stuffed the ballot box with your favorites. Now, it’s time to stuff your faces with the best Long Island bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches.
Wunderbar Deli, Port Jefferson
Wunderbar is known for causing wanderlust. “My son sends me a picture when he goes there so I can remember fondly,” Timms commented. It’s the bacon that keeps many current locals going back for more—regulars say the shop always seems to add a little more meat to the sandwich than other area eateries. Phone: 631-473-8004 | Address: 148 Hallock Ave. Click to eat
Better on a Bagel, Miller Place
This bagel shop was the runaway favorite in Pulse’s highly scientific Facebook poll. The bagels are fresh and a bit softer than a typical deli’s. But it’s the friendly staff, which creates an everybody-knows-your-name vibe, that puts Better on a Bagel on Long Island’s holy grail of breakfast stops. Phone: 631-473-3030 | Address: 275 NY-25A #21 Click to eat
Wally’s Bagels, North Babylon
The bagels are doughy, delicious and draw people by the baker’s dozens every Saturday morning. But the efficient staff at Wally’s Bagels keeps the line moving and the breakfast sandwiches are worth the wait. Phone: 631-242-2060 | Address: 1137 Deer Park Ave. #A Click to eat
Family Bagels, Plainview
This family-owned shop gives its bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwiches a hometown touch which, when you’re talking about a Long Island deli, means they’re pretty special. Dieters who still want to indulge can ask to have their bacon, egg and cheese sandwiched between a low-carb bagel. Phone: 516-681-4949 | Address: 140 Manetto Hill Rd. Click to eat
Hand Rolled Bagels, New Hyde Park
Fresh, warm, fluffy, delicious. These are a few of regulars’ favorite ways to describe the eggs and scratch-made bagels at this compact neighborhood joint. Pro-Tip: Avoid the long lines by texting in your order to 516-806-5616. Phone: 516-352-1313 | Address: 930 Hillside Ave. Click to eat
Captree Deli, West Islip
People who moved off-Island put a trip to Captree Deli atop their itineraries during trips home. The bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches come with a little extra meat to quell hanger pains. When it’s lunch hour, the roast beef supreme specialty hero is known to be even more of a carnivore’s dream. Phone: 631-669-9663 | Address: 462 Union Blvd. Click to eat
Signature Bagels Deli & Catering, Riverhead
All-day breakfast makes this Riverhead deli a lazy Islanders’ dream. Diners can up their sandwich games by ordering the Hungry Man, which comes complete with three eggs, ham, bacon and sausage. Phone: 631-208-8584 | Address: 779 Old Country Rd. (Route 58) Click to eat
Kerber’s Farm, Huntington
Who said all the farms are out East? Kerber’s offers farm fresh everything a bit further west. The egg and cheese sandwiches, served on a cheddar biscuit are salty and gooey and guests can even say thanks to the chickens, who reside in the back of the stand. Phone: 631-423-4400 | Address: 309 W. Pulaski Rd. Click to eat
Woodbury Country Deli, Woodbury
This place is known to flip and fry bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches in a Long Island minute even on a Saturday morning. The portions are as generous as the staff—there’s no need to make lunch plans after a trip here. Phone: 516-367-4180 | Address: 153 Woodbury Rd. Click to eat
Sterlington Deli, Greenport
Even West of Long Islanders make it a point to visit this East End Long Island deli when they’re in town. Consider it the perfect pitstop to make before heading towards the Shelter Island ferry, which is a stone’s throw away. Phone: 631-477-8547 | Address: 3 Sterlington Commons Click to eat
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