The Battle of the Bagels - Taste-Off in Montreal Gazette
Just spent a few days in Montreal (my hometown), and read an article by Bill Brownstein in the Wednesday Food section of The Gazette which announces a face-off between St-Urbain and Bagel House bagels from Toronto, and St-Viateur and Fairmount bagels from Montreal. This should be pretty interesting. The results will be printed in the December 9th issues of both The Montreal Gazette and the National Post.
May the best bagel win.
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It should be added, for those who didn't read the Bill Brownstein column in the Montreal Gazette, or the write-ups in the National Post, that this a battle of the Montreal-style bagels. That's why St-Urbain & Bagel House bagels in Toronto were chosen. I'm not in Toronto, are these two bagel establishments using a wood-burning oven?
Here in Montreal, I like both St-Viateur & Fairmount bagels, but given a choice I probably prefer Fairmount bagels(need to taste them side-by-side to be sure, which is better). I understand the way Fairmount makes their bagels are different than that of St-Viateur(now sure how is it differently made).
I prefer Fairmount bagels to St. Viateur, as well. I also like R.E.A.L. Bagels (Queen Mary Rd. branch only - the ones at the Cote St-Luc Rd. branch aren't as good).
Bagel House in Toronto comes pretty close to Fairmount. St-Urbain bagels have good flavour, but lack the "chew" of a good Montreal bagel.