Starbucks (YUL): No more St. Viateur Bagels?
The only Starbucks with a raison d'être, IMHO, used to be the one at Dorval, er, Trudeau Airport in the Air Canada departure area. There one could grab a one-dozen bag of St. Viateur bagels to bring home. On my truncated Montreal turn-around last week, however, I was disappointed that they did not have the St. Viateurs and seemingly had replaced them with bags of Beaubien Bagels. The Beaubiens seemed sweeter and less densely crumbed and flavored than the St. Viateurs of my recollection. They claim to be wood-fire finished and were definitely better than any New York bagels I know of, but they never seem to be mentioned in the same breath as St. V. and Fairmount.
Is the loss of St. Viateurs "to go" a fact of life at the YUL Starbucks now, or just an aberration? Any other opinions on Beaubien Bagels?
Beaubien bagels are wood finished, I used to buy some when I was in the area.
Definitely not up Fairmount and St-Viateur (They have less sesame seeds too), but still better than anything you'll find outside Montreal. Still a fresh hot beaubien is better than a cold or reheated St-Viateur. :)