Self-taught chef brings love for baking to Gilbert at Bagel Nosh

Turkey Avocado Club
The Turkey Avocado Club ($9.99) has bacon, lettuce, tomato and provolone and is served here on a Chongo bagel, an everything bagel with cheese. (Becca Smouse/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Turkey Avocado Club ($9.99) has bacon, lettuce, tomato and provolone and is served here on a Chongo bagel, an everything bagel with cheese. (Becca Smouse/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The Arizona Classic ($7.49) is a breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs topped with meat and cheese on a freshly made bagel of your choice. (Becca Smouse/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The honey walnut cream cheese pairs well with the French toast bagel ($4.99). (Becca Smouse/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Owner Mason Sleiman (third from left) and his Bagel Nosh staff hand-make more than a dozen different types of bagel every day. (Becca Smouse/Community Impact Newspaper)
Owner Mason Sleiman, who has been cooking and baking for more than 20 years, said it has always been a dream to work in the food business, particularly as a baker. He got his start making pizzas but soon found his true calling: bagels.

Bagel Nosh on Cooper and Warner roads has been serving up fresh-made bagels for the past five years.

Bagels are the star on the menu with over a dozen varieties to choose from. The shop features traditional flavors, such as cinnamon raisin and jalapeño, as well as some out-of-the-box options such as French toast and chongo, an everything bagel with cheese.

All of the bagels are made from Sleiman’s own recipes. The self-taught baker said his personal favorite is the everything bagel.

“We make them fresh every day,” Sleiman said of his original bagel recipes. “We mix every day, and we bake every day.”


Nearly every item on the menu is made in-house, including the croissants, danishes and muffins, a customer favorite. The shop is also known for its unique cream cheese spreads, like the house-made roasted red pepper and honey walnut.

“We are very creative with the cream cheeses,” Sleiman said. “We also bring out seasonal items.”

Cream cheese aside, customers can choose from a variety of different bagel toppings, such as peanut butter and jelly or Nutella.

The menu also includes breakfast and lunch bagel sandwiches. Sleiman says he tries to source his ingredients locally, especially his coffees, to help support the community.

As restaurants took a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bagel Nosh stood strong. Sleiman credits the use of online ordering by his customers for keeping his business afloat.

“We expected [the pandemic] to be worse [for business], but thankfully, it wasn’t,” he said.

Some Bagel Nosh customers travel across the Valley for the scratch-made goods, Sleiman said, and he has sights on opening more locations in the future.

Bagel Nosh

835 W. Warner Road, Ste. 109, Gilbert

480-507-8911

www.bagelnoshgilbertaz.com

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
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