Bodo’s

by Charlottesville29

For the full article on Bodo’s, including the story behind Charlottesville’s most popular place to eat, click here.   The short report is below.

Why Bodo’s?

Bodo’s, a bagel bakery, may be Charlottesville’s signature restaurant.  It has become so embedded in Charlottesville culture that it is now a Charlottesville institution to call Bodo’s a Charlottesville institution. Combined, Bodo’s three locations employ 120 area residents and feed close to 6,000 people a day. Bodo’s popularity is partly because the bagels are great. And, cheap too. But, a bigger reason may be that the entire Bodo’s experience is so positive, and so congruous with Charlottesville. Like Charlottesville itself, Bodo’s is a happy place to be.

What to Order

Given the breadth of the menu at Bodo’s, it seems silly to suggest specific items to order.  There are infite possible combinations. But, as longtime customers, we can offer a few ordering tips. First, when we order a sandwich, we almost always ask for it “cut in half.” We have yet to crack the mystery of why this makes the sandwich so much more appealing to us, but it does. Maybe it will work for you, too. Second, if we add condiments, we typically like to request “EZ” — as in “EZ Mayo” or “EZ Mustard.”  This invariably provides a sufficient amount without going overboard.  Beyond that, for specific sandwich suggestions, we decided to ask the experts, Bodo’s owners, for their single favorite way to enjoy a Bodo’s bagel.  The results are magnificent.

2012 Picks

Owner Picks

  • Kokola:  Smoked Turkey on an Everything, hot, cheddar, herb cream cheese, sprouts, cucumber, lettuce, and tomato
  • Smith: Lox on an Everything, watercress, corn salad, pesto, lettuce, onion, and EZ mayo
  • Jenson: Avocado on an Everything, cheddar, sprouts
  • Fox (founder and former owner):  Pastrami on an Everything, kalamata spread, tomato, onions

Staff Picks

Below is additional inspiration for those looking to get out of the bacon-egg-and-cheese rut.  Bodo’s staff members provide their single favorite way to enjoy a Bodo’s bagel.

  • AmandaPeanut butter on a Raisin, walnut cream cheese
  • Shequita: Egg and ham on a Wheat, vegetable cream cheese
  • SamEgg and sausage on an Everything, cheddar
  • Crystal B.Egg white and ham on a Garlic, swiss, feta, sprouts, onions, mustard
  • PatrickSausage on a Raisin, muenster, lettuce, tomato, onions, mayo, mustard
  • Kayla: American Cheese on a Plain, hot, butter
  • Brianna: Turkey on a Whole Wheat, hot, provolone, pesto, cucumber, onions
  • ShellyTurkey on an Everything, provolone, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions, mayo
  • Anna F. Smoked turkey on an Everything, cheddar, bacon, avocado, sprouts, lettuce, tomato, onions, mayo, pepper spread
  • Justine T.Smoked turkey on an Everything, muenster, bacon, vegetable cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, mustard, horseradish
  • JoeSmoked turkey on an Everything, hot, Swiss, hummus, kalamata olive spread, pesto, mustard
  • KeithSmoked turkey on an Everything, muenster, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions, mustard
  • Hannah: Ham on an Everything, hot, American, lettuce, mayo
  • VictoriaHam on an Onion, hot, provolone, American, butter, mustard
  • Beth D.Pastrami on an Everything, muenster, pesto,  sprouts, watercress, lettuce, onions
  • Mike: Pastrami on a Plain, Swiss, pesto, mayo
  • JeredCorned Beef on a Raisin, Swiss, sprouts, honey, mayo, caesar dressing
  • CodySalami on a Plain, muenster
  • EmilyTuna on an Onion, Swiss, sprouts, tomato, mustard, pepper spread
  • RicardoTuna on an Everything, cheddar, bacon, avocado, lettuce
  • MattTuna on an Everything Wheat, bacon, lettuce, tomato
  • KellyChicken salad on an Everything
  • ClaudiaEgg salad on a Plain, bacon
  • CindyBLT on an Onion, mayo
  • Olivia: NoBull Burger on a Sesame, provolone, avocado, sprouts, watercress, onions, mayo, mustard

2017 Picks

Owner’s Children’s Picks

  • Alexander: Turkey on an Plainbacon, lettuce, EZ mayo
  • GusCucumber on a Garlic, cheddar, sprouts
  • OrlyBacon on an Plaincinnamon sugar, butter 

Staff Picks

  • KelliEgg and Bacon on a Cinnamon RaisinSwiss, American, tomato, mayo, EZ mustard
  • AlyssaEgg and Sausage on a Cinnamon Raisinmuenster, jalapeno lime cream cheese, sprouts, onions, horseradish, mustard
  • SaraHummus on a WheatSwiss, avocado, tomato, sprouts, cucumber, onions
  • ScottFive Slices of Tomato on a Saltjalapeno lime cream cheese, honey, EZ mayo and black pepper (very messy!)
  • JojoTomato on a Plainmayo
  • MirandaLox Spread on a Sesamecucumber, onion
  • AdamTurkey on and Everythingcheddar, provolone, onions, mayo, mustard, horseradish
  • AshleyPulled Chicken on an Everything Wheatsprouts, EZ onion, tomato, XT mayo, XT bbq 
  • JeredHam and Smoked Turkey on an Everythinghot, muenster, Swiss, sprouts, tomato, onion, mayo, mustard, bbq, pepper spread
  • AlecCapicola on an EverythingSwiss, jalapeno lime cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion
  • EvanRoast Beef, Corned Beef, and Pastrami on and Everything, Swiss, provolone, muenster, lettuce, tomato, onions, sprouts, cucumber, horseradish, kalamata, mayo, mustard