I haven’t had a moment to sit down and share my thoughts about a pleasant surprise last weekend on my Muskegon trip. Muskegon is almost two hours away, so after I ended my State Park adventure, I started the two-hour journey home. Muskegon State Park is situated near the lake, and I have to drive through a little town called North Muskegon to get back on the highway home. As always, I like to have a little liquid enjoyment to go along with my podcasts on a long drive.
I couldn’t find one on a “coffee near me” Google search, but I caught one out of the corner of my eye near a busy intersection. It wasn’t technically a coffee shop, but with ‘beans’ in the name, I thought it would qualify. Besides, I was almost to the highway. It was time to fish or cut bait.
I have stopped at Brooklyn Bagels in the past for a sandwich after a snowy hike in Muskegon State Park, and I knew it was a good experience. This looked like a different concept, and, according to the website it is. But they still feature bagels and massive bagel sandwiches called Bombers. This particular store called Brooklyn’s Beans Bombers and Bagels is a concept store designed to showcase the franchise opportunity for potential investors. I liked it.
The decor was pretty cool. Big wooden tables and booths provided comfy seating for both dining and surfing the internet while sipping a coffee. It had a masculine feel, and I had the sensation of walking into a combination bar/coffeehouse – with the absence of alcoholic beverages. Instead, the mood-changer of choice is a nitro-infused cold brew. Matt, my friendly server, gave me a sample of two brews, and they were very smooth. While he was pouring my samples from a tap, he explained how it was made. I don’t know much about cold-brewing, but I know that 5 hours later I was awake in my bed wondering if those two sips of cold brew was the villain keeping me awake. This stuff packs a punch!
I also needed dinner, so I opted for an Asiago bagel with chipped beef cream cheese. It was massive and very good. I only ate half of it because it was so huge. Next time, I think I’d like to try one of their bombers and, if I go early enough, one of their cold brew coffee concoctions.
I grabbed a hot chocolate to go, and it hit the spot. I promised Matt I’d be back, and I meant it. Ashok was pretty happy because they had bagel dog bones for her! It was a win-win for everybody.