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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 good39%
  • Average9%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“bagels” (73 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

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 2 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 25 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 24 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 10 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
Reviewed 3 October 2017

There is nothing I would not order on the huge menu from the scrumptious matzo ball soup to the scoop of California Tuna Salad on the Garden Salad ( try the amazing vinaigrette dressing!) to corned beef on rye, to the stellar bagels (a bargain...More

Thank travelchat
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Very good breakfast in a noisy restaurant with very tight spacing between tables. Self service pretty much.

Thank Jurgen P
Reviewed 7 September 2017

They have an extensive menu. It would be extremely hard to go here and not find something to order that you would enjoy. Everything that I have ever had here has been delicious. Not fine dining, but really good food. I have been here at...More

Thank Elwood M
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

This place will not disappoint. Close your eyes and you are transformed into a NYC Jewish deli with all the fixins. The bagels are heavenly and most midwesterners don't know what a bialey is but you must try one. You order at the counter and...More

Thank Dawn C
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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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