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CJ's Bagels: An Ankeny hot spot

To an out-of-towner, CJ’s Bagels might just look like a bagel shop in a strip mall but to locals it’s much more — it's the best breakfast spot in Ankeny. CJ’s Bagels has been a local favorite in Ankeny for over 20 years nestled on the busy corner of 1st Street and Ankeny Boulevard. Owner Amy Brehm purchased the store in April of 2015 adding it as part of her Java Joes company. CJ’s serves delicious, made-from-scratch bagels alongside Java Joes' fresh roasted coffee drinks, plus bagel sandwiches and salads for lunch and KaleidoScoops ice cream for dessert. Oh and don’t forget their scrumptious gourmet doughnuts! It’s definitely a one-stop shop for every meal. Here are three must-try menu items the next time you’re in Ankeny.

Sausage Breakfast Bagel

The breakfast sandwich is one of the most popular items on the menu. The line — more often than not — is out the door with customers waiting for their favorite bagel piled with egg, cheese, and a choice of ham, bacon, or sausage. I highly suggest the Asiago bagel. It’s mouth-wateringly good.  

Bagel Club

The club bagel is the go-to meal on the lunch menu. It’s a combination of honey-cured ham, oven-roasted turkey breast, your choice of roast beef or bacon, your condiment preference, all served between one of their 15 bagel flavors. All of their sandwiches include potato chips and a pickle spear. This is a must-try meal.

Bagel Bites

CJ’s is known for their tasty bagel bites. The bite size bagels are topped with their famous cream cheese icing. It’s incredible!  These bites go out the door by the dozens with choices of Cinnamon Raisin, Berry Berry, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Blueberry and Cinnamon Apple to pick from.

CJ's Bagels

Find it: 127 N Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny

Hours: Fall hours are Monday-Friday 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Info: 515-965-1004 or