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Once Upon a Bagel

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1888 1st St, Highland Park, IL 60035-3102
+1 847-433-1411
06:00 - 20:00
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Sun 06:00 - 14:00
Mon - Fri 06:00 - 20:00
Sat 06:00 - 17:30
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Chicago, Illinois
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300 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I like the sandwiches at OUAB, and their breads and some bagels are great. However, I have a hard time with the bialys and other bagels. There is no comparison to NY bialys nor to Montreal bagels. It can't be that hard to make an excellent bialy or bagel, can it? I really looked forward to tasting the chicken noodle... More 

Thank lulupearl
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390 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Semi cafeteria style deli with so many options it's hard to read them all...... We had a three generation three family meal and it was a wonderful place to enjoy the food and each other. I had a turkey club, nice turkey, crispy thick bacon, ok lettuce and tomato but cold toast.... Fries ok.... Three folks had a plate of... More 

Thank Chicagonative_7
Schaumburg, Illinois
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I changed my order 3 times before I actually ordered. The food was good. The vibe family. Will definitely go back.

Thank Susie_Que6
Deerfield, Illinois
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

A friendly, casual place with GOOD food. Jewish style deli, but not kosher. Great sandwiches and salads, delicious omelets, good Jewish style soups. Order at the counter and they bring it to your table. Large carry-out. Busy and bustling at lunchtime, all part of the experience.They also have a large business of deli trays for pick-up or delivery.

Thank Gerald L
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345 reviews
278 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

My go-to breakfast treat - they give you 3 nice blintzes with sides of sour cream and warm cherry sauce. Great every time. Also have a huge selection of breakfast and lunch items - and great service, too.

Thank smdds
Mundelein, Illinois
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134 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

If you like bagels, corned beef, various salads and soups, this is the place. For me it is worth the 40 minute trip to get great food.

Thank Stan K
1 review
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

A Highland Park classic- eat in or take out delicious food - lots more than just bagels. Great soups, deli meats, smoked salmon, tuna salad, and so much more.

Thank Debbie S
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Very delicious food. Mish mosh is my all-time favorite soup. A bit overpriced but I would say worth every penny!!

Thank 890ava
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

This is a great deli. Very traditional. Choice of bagels and bialys is great. Get them with a schmear. Soup and sandwiches are excellent. Something for everyone even Mexican entrees if want. Always found staff there efficient and courteous. When you leave grab some bagels, cream cheese and a sweet.

Thank Livewire2014
Northampton, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

My Chicago culinary exploits were only enhanced by this delicious Jewish deli in Highland Park! Once Upon a Bagel offers a wide variety of food for all ages at reasonable prices. The service is fast and the setting is comfortable. The portions are large enough for just about anyone (one of my most important criteria in rating eateries). This is... More 

Thank The-Count-of-Tuscany

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
American, Soups, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1888 1st St, Highland Park, IL 60035-3102
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Highland Park
  • Phone Number: +1 847-433-1411

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?