Food & Drink

Six reasons why Montreal bagels are better than all other bagels

Published On 07/26/2013 Published On 07/26/2013
Montreal sesame bagels with cream cheese and avocado
Katherine Sehl
Katherine Sehl
Katherine Sehl
Katherine Sehl
Katherine Sehl
Katherine Sehl
Katherine Sehl
Katherine Sehl
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1. Fairmount Bagel 74 Ave. Fairmount Ouest, Montréal, H2T 2M2 (Mile End)

Welcome to the best (and first!) bagel bakery in Montreal (just don't say that in front of nearby St. Viateur Bagel): open since 1919, Mile End's Fairmount has seduced locals and tourists with its slightly sweet, wood-fired bagels. When you enter, you see bakers sliding the hot dough discs out of the oven with a wooden slat, adding a visual to the fresh-baked smell that fills the place. Sesame and poppy seed are the local favorites, but those craving a bit more umph should go for the "all dressed," a close approximation to an everything bagel, rolled in coarse salt, garlic, caraway, and onion.

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2. St. Viateur Bagel 263 rue Saint-Viateur Ouest, Montréal, H2V 1Y1 (Mile End)

Open since 1957, St. Viateur has become famous for its Montreal-style bagels that are sweeter, smaller, and less doughy than their brash New York brethren. The secret? The hand-rolled bagels are boiled in honey water before baking in a wood-fired oven. The bakery is in lifelong competition with nearby Fairmount Bagel, and the two share a history worthy of Shakespearean drama: the man who opened St. Viateur partnered with Fairmount's owner's son to do so. Carb-fueled feud aside, St. Viateur's bagels have a distinct flavor that doesn't restrict them simply to breakfast -- the flagship Mile End location is open 24 hours, seven days a week.

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3. Brossard Bagel 286 Gladstone, Greenfield Park, J4V

Crush breakfast at this local favorite slinging shamelessly-better-than-a-doughnut bagels like banana chocolate chip and coconut topped with homemade pineapple cream cheese.

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4. Beauty's Bagel Shop 3838 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Montreal-style bagels are hand-rolled, boiled in honey water, and served hot right out of the wood-burning oven. Get your Montreal-style bagel-n-schmear breakfast right here in Cali!

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5. Bagel Etc. 4320 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2W 1Z3

Bagel Etc. is a diner/cafe that's known for its brunch specials, and the bagels are all hand-rolled, Montreal-style. Grab a seat and admire the funky decor while you dig into your meal.

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