As a member of the Jewish faith, upon my arrival in Houston I had no choice but to seek out the best bagels in town. Everyone pointed me toward Hot Bagel, which indeed, has the best bagels availble in these parts. That's not to say that they'll make you forget Wolitzer's on Flatbush Ave., but they're perfectly serviceable and yes, are really, really cheap. The downside in the service. These people seem largely oblivious to the fact that there are customers around; it's not even the joyous surrender of ""nasty counter people with personality."" On several occasions, I have had to wait at the counter for ten minutes before even getting my order taken, with people passing by me all the while; once, I was lucky enough to be told that they were ""really busy,"" and therefore could not take twenty seconds to acknowledge my presence. This may sound trivial, but believe me, it's not. I also am somewhat confused by the owner's insistence on wearing a Confederate Flag hat in a store that, on the some level, is hijacking the heritage of my people. Granted, some Jews played a major role in the Confederacy, but for the most part we are a people of tolerance and liberal values. I suppose that Hot Bagel is just a slice of Houston character that I will have to learn to love, like the Screw Shop's similar approach to customer service.
Pros: decent bagels, inexpensive, only breakfast sandwich worth eating
Cons: right wing politics, looks disgusting, people are strange