Bagelicious has celebrated babies born, marriages happened, friendships created and has mourned the loss of favorite customers. Our history has grown deep over the years but more importantly the guests we serve have become regulars, the guests we serve are our friends, the guests we serve have become family. You only have to come once to feel the amazing energy that, along with great food, can change and enhance a person’s day with just one bite.
1998 - Ocala Florida was in great need of a special place, one that had bagels and not just any bagels but New York style bagels, hence the birth of Bagelicious. Although it started under a different name the location and focus was the same; make the best bagels south of the Mason Dixie Line. 2001 saw the little bagel shop change ownership and with that a name change to Bagelicious. Light green walls with Trompe-l’œil trees adorned the walls and types of coffee were listed as a boarder just below the ceiling. It became a favorite place for many to enjoy a tasty bagel and a nice cup of coffee.
2006 - Brought the changing of the guard in ownership one last time as the current owner and restaurant expert, Steve Forrest, recognized the great potential of this tiny gem, hidden back behind Best Buy. Steve’s vision was to maintain the success of the previous owners and take Bagelicious to the next level. Red and black became its color scheme and a focus on the men and women who serve our country and communities were hung on the walls. Steve brought a fresh list of new menu options and kept many of the oldies but goodies, like the chicken salad. His keen ability to create combinations of flavor to die for and constant commitment to quality has allowed this restaurant to blossom into the busy hub that many have grown to love. Steve and his staff pride themselves in knowing what every regular customer enjoys and strides to ensure that new customers leave happy, full and dreaming of the next time they visit.
The philosophy of Bagelicious Deli and Bakery is simple; good food doesn’t have to be pretentious or fancy to be outstanding. Good food has to be just that: GOOD FOOD! Made from scratch with care and consistency under the expert eye of owner Steve Forrest, Bagelicious is simple food, great bagels and an atmosphere that is rarely found in today’s modern world.
Although our bagels are truly the best you will find in the south…. We are so much more than just bagels!