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Best Bagels in Toronto

For me, the current champ is Gryfe's, but I am conflicted. I also like the Montreal style bagels and ate a dream bagel in a deli there about ten years ago. I have yet to replicate that experience (or perhaps I have, and this deli bagel is unjustly on the podium).

Just the same, my quest continues.

OK team, where are your favourites? And please explain (but nothing too sultry, please)

Doughy applicants need not apply.

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  1. Bagel World, Wilson and Bathurst.

    1. This is definitely going to get ugly.

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        1. re: Nyleve

          That's funny! That was my first thought when I read this posting too...
          First, let me say to the OP, it has to be Montreal style with sesame seeds for me. I used to be a St. Urbain fan until I tried Bagel House on Avenue, warm from the oven with unsalted butter. I think my eyes cross every time I have one or two or three. I'd take it over a Krispy Kreme donut any day... Gryfes? Sorry... I don't get it.

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          Bagel House
          1548 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

        2. If I had to choose just one Toronto bagel, it would be Bagel World's twister. Hot. With butter.
          But I also love (in no particular order) Gryfe's, Bagel House (Toronto's best Montreal-style bagels), Kiva's, Hamische. That's it for me.

          1. There are Montreal style bagels at St Urbain Bagels on the upper floor of the St Lawrence Market. I lived in Mtl for 10+ yrs and, hands down, these are the closest to the "real thing" that I've found in T.O. The guy who started this place is rumoured to have worked in a Mtl bagel shop before starting up St Urbain in T.O.
            They are not quite up to my favourite - Fairmont Bagels, but will more than do in a fix :-)

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            1. re: jcanncuk

              Bagel House is much, much closer to a real Montreal bagel than St. Urbain. And the Bagel House owner definitely did work in the Montreal bagel factories. Bagel House has two locations -- Bayview at Manor and Avenue Rd. at Fairlawn (or thereabouts).

            2. I have to agree with the OP. Gryfe's it is.

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              1. re: Davwud

                but what is it?

                my opinion... if you like gryfe, buy a piece of bread and make a hole in it... just the same and alot cheaper.

                it isn't ANYTHING like what a bagel should taste like