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Fairmount bagels better than St-Viateur bagels

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I've felt for last couple of years, that Fairmount bagels are better than St-Viateur bagels. I've been telling people this, & several people I know also prefer Fairmount over St-Viateur. The Montreal Gazette/National Post newspapers just did a bagel taste test, & Fairmount bagels came out on top(topping St-Viateur & two bagel shops in Toronto for best Montreal bagels). St-Viateur gets vast majority of the bagel press(for having the best), but Fairmount frankly is better.

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  1. Are you trying to pick a fight? :)

    St-Viateur VS Fairmount is long standing rivalry that won't be settled here, nor by The Gazette.

    I personally prefer St-Viateur for the classic sesame, but Fairmount offers 12 varieties including my favorite blueberry bagel.

    One thing is for sure, they are the 2 best bagels shops in the world, since everyone knows Montreal Bagels are unrivaled and those 2 are the best in the city ;)

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    1. re: ScoobySnacks20

      Certainly not trying to pick a fight. Friendly discussion. The only way I can be sure is to eat them side-by-side, soon after they come out of the wood-burning oven. And the recent Montreal Gazette/National Post bagel taste test, is certainly not going to settle it once & for all(for one thing, the bagels tested were at least several hours old).

    2. I am a St. Viateur person when I am able to get them. Not readily available in Indiana but when back in Montreal St. Viateur is a must on the places to go.

      1. ST. Viateur for me too please!

        1. Bof. Better according to whose criteria? The Gazoo's? <snigger> And not even the rag's foodies' at that...

          Prompted by claims on various boards and comments from various foodie friends and acquaintances, I made several visits to Fairmount over the course of the summer and early fall. I remain in the St. Viateur camp. Fairmount bagels are good but too sweet, too shiny, too heavy and way too encrusted with seeds. Not that St. V's are perfect -- there's the ballooning size and the accompanying tendency to doughiness to complain about.

          In other words, there is no best bagel. It used to be made by St. Viateur but died with a whimper, not a bang, about 20 years ago. And until you can point to some objective criteria, your better is merely a synonym for personal preference.

          1. I have always preferred Fairmount to St. Viateur. Black and White are the old standbys, but my absolute favorite is the pumpernickel bagel. No trip to MTL is complete without a trip to Fairmount for these!

            1. I also prefer Fairmount, because like Carswell I find them sweeter than those at St Viateur but I actually like that. But you know, I have found that once I become loyal to a brand, and then have a taste of the other alternative, I actually appreciate the differences that the alternative offers. Like with Pepsi vs. Coke. I don't drink much cola but when I do, I prefer Pepsi. Every once in a while though I will settle for Coke and it will taste delicious just for being different. So yes I prefer Fairmount, but when I have a St Viateur bagel I appreciate its unique qualities and can say yes! That there is a damn good bagel!

              1. I prefer St V. They taste chewier, less sweet, more delicate, and the crust has more texture; but Fairmount is more bready and has more substance so to each her own.

                1. Just to complicate things I find that the StV next to Genvieve DeGrandbois is much better than the bigger store down the street.Smaller batches more attention and the Bagel King Mr Rodriguez at the helm.Fairmount is for tourists and people who appreciate "fancy" bagels (cinnimon raisin).Try the StV taste test and buy a 1/2 from both and tell me what you think.

                  1. The bozo bagel hands down makes Fairmount better imo :)

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                    1. re: afoodyear

                      You took the words right out of my mouth! Bozos are the King Kongs of bageldom. Fairmount also does matzoh boards, which SV does not.
                      Though for plain old hot sesame, I think I prefer SV.

                      1. re: bomobob

                        OK, please enlighten me. What the heck is a bozo bagel? I Googled, but all I could find out is that they're super-large bagels on steroids. Anything else to distinguish them?

                        1. re: kpzoo

                          Bozos are the best of both worlds, but it's unlikely anything will turn up on Google as they are particular to Fairmount.
                          A bozo Is a jumbo bagel, made by twisting two strands to make the ring itself, and they have poppy seeds on one side and sesame on the other. Great for those of us who just can't decide.
                          Besides, you can fit more lox on a bozo...

                          1. re: bomobob

                            Actually, there are a surprising number of of bloggers expounding on the wonders of the Fairmount bozo, but (after just a quick search) I found none who described it in as much detail as you just did. That does sound yummy, I'll have to try it next time I'm in that hood. Thanks. :-)

                              1. re: kpzoo

                                Be aware that bozos, like matzoh boards, always appear to be available at seemingly random times.

                                1. re: bomobob

                                  That's me alright.

                                  Seriously I must try my namesake. When did they start cranking out these eponymous noshes? (Haven't been for a while, if you couldn't tell, despite being back in town a few times a year.)