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Once Upon a Bagel

1888 1st St, Highland Park, IL 60035-3102
+1 847-433-1411
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good37%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bagels” (76 reviews)
“bialys” (10 reviews)
“soups” (19 reviews)
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American, Soups, Deli, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1888 1st St, Highland Park, IL 60035-3102
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Old world deli food well prepared. Numerous kinds of New York bagels. Delicious prepared salads. Take our or eat in.

Thank stewart s
Reviewed 1 week ago

Locally known for their bagels, lo, white fish salad. Tries to imitate a NY bagel nosh but this New Yorker doesn't think it compares.

Thank worldtraverler2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once Upon a Bagel (OUAB as the staff tee shirts say) is the perfect place for breakfast or lunch (maybe even dinner) with bagels and sweets to take home and first rate service from a veteran team of grill and busing staff.

Thank scottagordonsg
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's cafeteria style food; you line up, place your order, get your food, pay for it, and they bring it out to you. The older locals love this place, but I didn't see anything special about it when I lived in Highland Park. NOTE: I...More

Thank NGJohn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For a deli it is great. It is loud so if that bothers you it may not be great. Great soup and bagels. Too bad they don't make a New York style really big corned beef or pastrami. It is inexpensive so that is great...More

Thank jjarger
Reviewed 1 June 2018

Interestingly OUAB is a great place to have breakfast, lunch, or a light dinner. The food could not be fresher, and the staff is excellent. My only gripe and it is very strong is that the bagels are terrible. They are okay when fresh in...More

Thank Marc1937
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Closest thing to a NY Jewish deli in Highland Park. I like just about everything - chicken soup, bagels, latkes are my favorites.

1  Thank CCLEEG
Reviewed 24 January 2018

Terrific selection of bagels/bialys and types of cream cheese. Tuna Salad and Egg White Salad are the best I've ever tasted. Sandwiches are great, corned beef terrific, lox great. Breakfast is also very good. Coffee so so. Atmosphere ok for deli but not formal, very...More

Thank Marlene S
Reviewed 23 January 2018

There is never a bad meal at this place, breakfast or lunch, or if you just come for bagels and lox. Thees folks know what they are doing, and service is a high priority. There are so many regulars coming here every day, and for...More

Thank Anthony B
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

We love the hustle and bustle dining experience. No one can beat their bagels and chicken salad. When we want to stay in our pj’s pick-up is the best way to go!

Thank DSMChicago
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
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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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