Bagel Boyz Adds Delivery Service

If you’re family’s craving fresh bagels and cream cheese, but are following orders to #stayathome during the coronavirus outbreak, Santa Clarita’s Bagel Boyz is now delivering bagels to doorsteps by the dozen.

  • Buy a baker’s dozen (13) bagels for $9.50.
  • A baker’s dozen with 8 oz. of cream cheese: $12.
  • A baker’s dozen with 15 oz. of cream cheese: $15.

Call or text owner Lance Takao at 818-730-6253 to place an order. Venmo: @cheryl-takao.

Bagel Boyz – WEST
27674 Newhall Ranch Rd., Valencia, CA 91355
661-383-9454
Monday – Friday: 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Bagel Boyz – EAST
18580 Vía Princessa
Canyon Country, CA 91387
661-299-2243
Monday – Friday: 5 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 5:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Golden Road Brewery Opens Drive-Thru Pantry

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, Golden Road Brewery in Atwater Village (at the intersection of the 5 and 134 freeways) is obviously closed for in-person dining and and drinking. But it’s opened a drive-thru pickup for necessities, grocery items and beer (naturally). And the bargain on the shopping list? Toilet paper for 50 cents a roll.

Shop without having to leave your vehicle: The drive-thru is open from 12-8 p.m. daily. The pub menu is also available for food to go. Call 818-243-2337 to place a grocery order. The pub menu as well as well as some grocery items are available online via the Toast app, Uber Eats and Grubhub.

View the images below to view the grocery, beer and pub menus.

Golden Road Brewing
5410 W. San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Bagel Boyz Opens Second Location in Valencia

Bagel Boyz isn’t just for breakfast: Meet the Turkey Bacon Ranch Guacamole sandwich. | Photo: scvfoodie.com

Bagel Boyz, the popular bagel shop on Via Princessa, has quietly opened a second location near Valencia High School on Newhall Ranch Road.

Lance Takao, a veteran of front-of-house/restaurant management with Restaurants Unlimited (Kincaid’s in Redondo Beach, the former Palomino in Westwood) as well as Togo’s, took over the original Bagel Boyz location in 2017. He opened this second location last week (Jan. 21) in the former First Serve Tennis storefront.

The bagels are made fresh daily at the Via Princessa store, and served at both outposts. Takao says that from the 20 or so varieties they make, Santa Claritans love the jalapeño cheese and everything bagels the most.

Lance Takao, right, opened Bagel Boyz 2 on Jan. 21. He’s pictured here with employee Damien Wong. | Photo: scvfoodie.com

Bagel Boyz’s sandwiches are just as in-demand. Takao says their top-seller is the Chipotle Breakfast, made with an egg and sausage on a jalapeño cheese bagel smeared with jalapeño cream cheese and chipotle sauce. (If you like breakfast with a kick, this tasty sandwich is definitely for you).

And the bagels aren’t just for breakfast either. There’s a whole array of lunch sandwiches with pastrami, ham, turkey, chicken, tuna and chicken salad. Pizza bagels are also on the menu for those who want hot fare. And there’s salads.

But let’s be real, if you head to Bagel Boyz, skip the salad and try their chewy, tasty bagels that pair perfectly with cream cheese or eaten alone.

For the month of February, if you mention their flyer at the new location, customers can partake in these grand opening specials:

  • Buy a dozen bagels, get a dozen free;
  • Buy a bagel sandwich, get a second one free; or
  • Buy one bagel, get one free.

If you’re a student or faculty/teacher at one of the local schools, then ask for the School Special—any sandwich (except lox) plus a fountain drink—for $5.

Check the gallery below for some of Bagel Boyz most popular items.


Bagel Boyz (original location)
18580 Via Princessa, Canyon Country
Hours: 5 am – 1:30 pm (Monday to Friday), 5:30 am – 1:30 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)

Bagel Boys 2
27674 Newhall Ranch Road, Unit 40, Valencia
Hours: 6 am – 4 pm (Monday to Friday), 6 am – 3 pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Breadbar Comes to COC Farmers Market to Tempt Tastebuds

Carb heaven at the Sunday farmers market at College of the Canyons.

At last Sunday’s farmers market at College of the Canyons, we were pleasantly surprised—nay, ecstatic—to find a new stand: Breadbar. There really isn’t a bakery in Santa Clarita that specializes in viennoiseries (French/European pastries), so we decided to turn off our calorie counting apps and add another cheat day to the schedule to give readers our first impressions on the new addition. (You’re welcome.)

The company’s fresh artisanal breads, pastries and other menu items—a longtime staple at other SoCal markets—drew a crowd even before the guy working the stand had a chance to put up the banner. We selected a few classic items: chocolate and plain croissants and an apple turnover, as well as the raspberry kouign amann.

The croissants were our favs. They were fresh—we could hear that crunch at first bite, revealing the flaky-layered goodness. They were light and delicate to the touch, and the chocolate had just the right sweetness ratio.

Clockwise from left: Breadbar’s chocolate croissant, plain croissant, apple turnover and kouign amann.

The kouign amann was a little disappointing. It was denser and heavier than expected, and we didn’t need the raspberry filling. The OG butter and sugar flavors work for us just fine. SCVFoodie can’t report on the apple turnover because someone ate it before we could try a bite. (Rude, right?)

The pastries and breads cost more than the baked goods found elsewhere in the SCV. Our four items cost $16, but they were totally worth it.

If Breadbar becomes a regular market vendor on Sundays, it could be a game- (and waistline) changer for Awesometown.

Veg Fest Comes to SCV on May 4

Are you vegan or curious about a plant-based lifestyle? Or do you like beer? Then check out the the Santa Clarita Veg Fest on May 4 from noon to 9 p.m. in Central Park.

Tickets include unlimited pours (of beer, wine and kombucha from noon to 5 p.m.). In addition, guests can sample and buy foods from more than 50 vegan restaurants, vendors and food trucks.

We took a peek who’s coming, and the list includes: Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, Booch Craft, Wolf Creek, Evolution Burger, Cena Vegan and  Man’oushée Mediterranean Bakery & Café.

The day also includes:

  • Yoga in the park
  • Sound bowl healing
  • Vegan talks
  • Art wall
  • Kid activities
  • And a closing dance party from 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Each of these four nonprofits will get 5% of all festival proceeds: Charity Water, Kakao, Bridge to Home and Family Promise.

Tickets: $35 – $45; free entry for children 12 and younger.

Veg Fest 2019
May 4, 12-9 p.m.
Central Park
27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita
Tickets

Pierogi Spot Coming to Santa Clarita

The Pierogi Spot is scheduled to open on March 1.

We noticed a new sign next to The Backyard off Golden Valley Road that made us very happy: The Pierogi Spot is opening soon.

The restaurant will specialize in Polish dumplings and other dishes — and we can’t wait. It’s the first of its kind in Santa Clarita.

SCVFoodie took a peek inside and saw that the owners were nearing the finishing touches of demo and construction. The restaurant is slated to open soonish. on March 1.

Follow @pierogispot on Instagram or on Facebook for updates.

The Pierogi Spot
26511 Golden Valley Road, Santa Clarita

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Grand Opening in Valencia Equals Giveaways, Specials

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A new Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf opens in Valencia with giveaways this week. | Photo: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf/Facebook

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf holds a grand opening for its new drive-thru store in Valencia tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 14). In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony with local bigwigs, the real reason to go is for the chance to win special giveaways through Friday.

Specials at the new location each day are:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14: Get a free tumbler with large specialty beverage purchase from 12-4 pm in the store while supplies last. (Mobile orders and drive-thru excluded.)
  • Thursday, Nov. 15: 50% off large specialty beverage 12-4 pm. (Mobile orders excluded.)
  • Friday, Nov. 16: Get a free gift bag with $10 purchase to first 100 guests, starting at 10 am. The 100th guest will receive a CBTL® Lieto machine. (Gift card, mobile order and drive-thru purchases excluded).

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
27634 The Old Road, Valencia
(at the corner of The Old Road and Magic Mountain Parkway)

Boba 101 at Ding Tea

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Some of the flavorful and colorful options at Ding Tea: Strawberry Yakult (Yogurt), Kumquat Lemon Iced Tea and Taro Milk Tea. | Image: Christine N. Ziemba

SCV Foodie had a chance to visit Ding Tea, the new-ish tea room in the Valencia Marketplace that offers teas (iced, flavored and hot), milk teas and juices—all with boba options.

We made this little behind-the-scenes video about boba to show what goes into making some of your favorite beverages.

Our thanks to Ding Tea’s Phuong Quan and staff for showing us the Boba 101 basics.

Ding Tea
25914 The Old Road
Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381
Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

 

Dunkin’ Donuts to Celebrate National French Fry Day on Fry-day the 13th

Did you know that tomorrow, Friday, July 13, is National French Fry Day? Neither did we. But we love fries, almost as much as ice cream (National Ice Cream Day is on Sunday)—so we should celebrate!

While the usual suspects (McDonalds, Carl’s Jr. etc.) are serving up the regular potato-based French Fry deals, Dunkin’ Donuts is taking eaters to the sweet side. The chain is bringing back its donut fries, the easily eaten treat that sort of resembles thick-cut fries on steroids. But they’re sweet and sprinkled with sugar. The donut fries will be available for a limited time only.

To celebrate “Fry-day” even further, the first 100 guests to the Santa Clarita Dunkin’ Donuts on Bouquet Canyon Road, will get these sweet treats for free, starting at 10 a.m.

The Bouquet Canyon location is only one of five locations picked in all of Southern California for this giveaway, so the free donut fries are not available at the Sierra Highway outpost.

National Fry Day Giveaway at Dunkin’ Donuts 
26441 Bouquet Canyon Road, Suite A4
Santa Clarita
10 a.m. 

Big Appetites Rejoice: Black Bear Diner Coming to Santa Clarita

Black Bear Diner is taking over the old Applebee’s location on Valencia Boulevard. | Image: Black Bear Diner

***Update: Both The Signal and KHTS are reporting that the diner will open Memorial Day (May 28).***


For nearly a decade the Applebee’s space along Valencia Boulevard and Creekside Road has sat empty. It’s not that we missed the Applebee’s cuisine all that much, but large empty retail spaces are just downright depressing (yeah, we’re looking at you old Albertsons space in Westridge).

We’ve heard rumors for a couple years now that Black Bear Diner, an old-fashioned diner that started in Mt. Shasta more than 20 years ago, was coming to Santa Clarita. Now, it seems those rumors are true: You may have seen the sign out in front of the Applebee’s space that heralds the coming of the carved wooden bears and murals and forest kitsch decor.

And we can’t wait.

We’re always in the mood for breakfast, and Black Bear Diner serves it up all day long (though they serve up lunch and dinner, too). The portions are bear-sized, so be prepared to take home leftovers for your next meal. The Valencia location is slated to open in the early part of 2018, according to the Black Bear Diner website.

This is one of the few menu items that we can almost finish at the Black Bear Diner. Bear’s Choice: A Pancake, eggs and sausage. | Image: Christine N. Ziemba

In the meantime, we’ll just prepare mentally for our first bite of their buttermilk and sweet cream batter pancakes…or the Bigfoot Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs (with the biscuits and gravy)…the Housemade Meatloaf…the Machaca Breakfast Tacos…the ginormous Bear Claw…

You get the picture—Black Bear is poised to up the breakfast game in the SCV.