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Montreal Bagels in South Florida

Elaine Kalmar Mar 3, 2001 07:34 AM

I'm from New York but keep getting told Montreal Bagels are better. (I find that hard to believe -- but being away from the real thing so long I'm willing to try anything). Anyone know where to find a Montreal Bagel in the Fort Lauderdale area?

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    Jim Leff RE: Elaine Kalmar Mar 3, 2001 11:21 AM

    I'm the poster child for impossible food quests, but "Montreal-style" bagels in Florida is an idea you've just really gotta give up on.

    Sorry. I know how it feels, believe me.

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      Scribbler RE: Jim Leff Apr 2, 2001 09:59 AM

      Somewhere on this site is an address for a bakery in Montreal where you can mail-order the bagels. Haven't tried it myself, so I don't know how they would travel to Fla.

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        Brigitte RE: Jim Leff Dec 3, 2002 08:53 AM

        There used to be a Montreal Bagel store in Boca Raton, but unfortunately it closed down.... what a sad day! If anyone can tell me what bakery is able to ship bagels from Montreal, I'd appreciate it!

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        Steve Drucker RE: Elaine Kalmar Mar 3, 2001 12:26 PM

        Montreal bagels aren't better than NY bagels--they are different.

        Montreal Bagels are wood fired, are sweeter, in fact they are closer to a slightly sweetened NY pretzel (absent the salt) than a NY bagel.

        They go rock-hard stale within about 8 hours of leaving the oven, unless they are wrapped in plastic.

        Don't get me wrong, Montreal Bagels are absolutely great.

        But they are so different from NY bagels that their sole similiarity to NY bagels is their geometry.

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          moben RE: Elaine Kalmar Mar 16, 2010 03:22 PM

          We draw and quarter, then boil in oil any foolish Montrealer who comes to visit relatives in Florida and fails to bring at least a few dozen Montreal bagels. New York may have good pizza, average pastrami, and plain spaghetti, but Montreal has it all over NY when it comes to REAL (a bakery named Real also makes Mtl Bagels) genuine old European fire oven baked bagels. None like it in N. America. Yes, we freeze them immediately and eat 'em for weeks after.

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            marelyisdead RE: moben Mar 16, 2010 04:37 PM

            Montreal bagels are dense, chewy and malty. Very simlar to NYC bagels but smaller and denser. Very good and different than NYC. I would love to have a good version of either here in FLA.

            And Montreal is in North America.

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              smartie RE: marelyisdead Mar 16, 2010 08:17 PM

              they sound more like English bagels which are also boiled and are chewier and smaller than US ones and a little sweeter.

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              JohnnyGe RE: moben Mar 17, 2010 02:05 PM

              As a Montrealer visiting Florida earlier this year, I searched high and low for something even close to the St. Viateur or Fairmount bagels that makes our local delicacies so famous. I must admit that Einstein Bros sesame bagels are as close as you can get for local products but close is all they are. I can check out both of the Montreal outlets to see what would be involved in shipping some of their beauties to Florida - most likely FedEx but not sure about the paperwork. Might have to let the customs folks take a few home with them and let the rest pass!

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              marky123 RE: Elaine Kalmar Mar 18, 2010 01:52 PM

              brooklyn water bagels in delray are the best bagels south of montral and h+h in new york their coffee is in a class of its own---the best---their food is so-so not bad but nothing special many delis are better----just try the joint

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                Fibber McGee RE: marky123 Mar 25, 2010 10:02 AM

                Is that the place that just opened on Military North of Atlantic?

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                  smartie RE: Fibber McGee Mar 25, 2010 10:11 AM


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                    Fibber McGee RE: smartie Mar 25, 2010 01:00 PM

                    Thanks, smarty. I noticed the place when I was I town a couple weeks ago but already had my dining agenda set. Next time.

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                Alfred G RE: Elaine Kalmar Mar 18, 2010 09:35 PM

                You might get more responses if you move this to the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale Board which encompasses all of South East Florida from South Miami to Jupiter.

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                  chowguy RE: Elaine Kalmar Mar 20, 2010 08:39 PM

                  I am from montreal and had a hard time finding good bagels down here until a few years ago when brueggers opened in boca. They are the best bagels I have had outside montreal. I used to live in ny as well and they are better than h & h or any other place you can bring up there. try them out

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                    Asumnuthin RE: chowguy Mar 23, 2010 05:28 AM

                    really brueggers?????
                    I have to whole heartedly disagree, I think the best bagels in south florida are from way beyond off of Jog road. but I am a new yorker...

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                      Alfred G RE: Asumnuthin Mar 23, 2010 01:03 PM


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                        smartie RE: Alfred G Mar 24, 2010 04:53 AM

                        he means Way Beyond Bagels on Jog

                        Way Beyond Bagels
                        16850 Jog Rd, Delray Beach, FL 33446

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                          Asumnuthin RE: smartie Mar 24, 2010 05:07 AM

                          but yes that is what I was speaking of

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