The Battle of the Bagels

Montréal is known as a food town and bagels are a staple on any food tour. A couple of rival bagel shops in close proximity to one another advertised themselves as having “the best bagels in Montréal.” I was up for the taste challenge.

A Montréal bagel is distinct for its chewy texture and slightly sweet taste. This is achieved by boiling the formed bagel dough in honey water for at least a minute prior to baking. It is a far cry from the bread-like and often dry texture of the bagels often sold in cafés, restaurants and grocery stores. A Montréal-style bagel is also more slender than its rather thick counterpart. Bagels are said to have originated in Poland and are considered a hallmark in a Jewish pantry.

http://www.stviateurbagel.com

https://fairmountbagel.com

St. Viateur has been in business since 1957 while Fairmount has been around since 1919 and is also credited as the first bagel bakery in Montréal. The prices, line-ups and multitude of locations are comparable. Both also sell cream cheese and other bagel accoutrements and use an extraordinary amount of sesame seeds. While I liked the taste of both their bagels I found Fairmount to have a wider selection of flavours. Which is the best? You’ll have to take a trip to Montréal and see for yourself.

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