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?
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.
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.
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!
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.