Food Finds

Just Eat It: Eltana’s Wood-Fired Bagels

The Packard Building corner occupant fills a hole in Capitol Hill’s food scene.

By Christopher Werner January 11, 2011


Finally, a decent bagel place on the Hill!

Just shy of one month old, Eltana on Capitol Hill has steadily been rolling out its hand-rolled menu, the staple of which is Montreal style wood-fired bagels.

The bagels—choose from seven varieties—aren’t anything huge. One won’t sate Gulliver (read: don’t come starving), but on the flip side, it’s nice to venture back into the world sans that carbo-bomb heaviness most bagels slap on you.

Savory and sweet ingredient-forward spreads put the prices right around $4. Raise an eyebrow if you must, but know the toasty ring of dough and the novel schmears (eggplant pomegranate!) makes for a tasty way to start the day. Particularly delicious is the red pepper and walnut (that’s the spread above), as is the spicy garlic cream (second photo in the slideshow).

Rounding out the menu is Eastern Mediterranean street–style fare: a couple of salads (the Moroccan carrot is pictured here), soups like fava bean and vegetable lentil, and sweets. If you’ve got a five spot, you’ve got yourself one of these tasties. Coming soon are more substantive “mains.”

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