I'll have to admit, I'm a fan of Gilbert's when I'm in the mood for a great bagel sandwich. It's a Deli and a popular one. At lunch time, the lines are long, seating is limited and service is... well, when it backs up like that... they can only go so fast. So grab a menu and make a decision fast if you happen to get there early as they have a great variety of sandwiches and several soups each day.
Not only your tuna melts, turkey bacon and ham and American cheese with tomato and lettuce either. They have sandwiches with avocado, sprouts and cranberry relish... Hmmm... just the thought of the Turkey with cream chease and cranberry relish on an asiago cheese bagel is enough to make my mouth water.
I'll reiterate... the portions are huge... when I get the bagels, the other half goes home with me for dinner / supper. They do have some half sandwiches and soup and sandwich combos.
I love the ambience. There's playbills on the walls, old magazines like those you'd find in a Dentist's from a Norman Rockwell painting, "eclectic" chairs (they don't match)
There's also sidewalk seating which is pleasant on a sunny day as Main Street in downtown Bellevue isn't what I would call busy.
The only cons (apart from being so popular that it's always crowded) is that it is a little on the pricey side. But well... I've spent the same at The Other Coast in Ballard, and they don't even have bagels or crepes.
Oh yes! Crepes are available for afternoon tea. I'll have to check that and breakfast out some time.