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Best Bagels in Toronto?

After two years of being in this city, I still can't find a good bagel. Can someone tell where to go (I'm at Bay&Bloor)? I'm eating a substandard bagel as I type this.

Thanks.

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  1. There are so many different styles of bagels in this city -- the answer really depends on what your tastes are. Here's a VERY lengthy discussion of this topic:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/340404

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      Gryfe's is also the best I've had. Anything in the same ballpark would satisfy me.

      Montreal-style bagels aren't bad either. Correct me if I'm wrong, but they taste like they have less salt.

      I just need quality.

      1. re: Cimmerian

        There used to be, and maybe still is, a What-A-Bagel on the west side of Yonge, just below Welleslay. I have always liked them, although I wish they woudm make more onion bagels (and some bialys, as well)..

        Montreal bagels are raised in water to which some honey has been added, and are a bit too sweet for me.

          1. re: Cimmerian

            That was going to be my suggestion. That was your best bet.

            There's really nothing else so close...the next I can think of is Bagel House on Bayview, above the extension. It's not THAT far but it might be too far for you...

            1. re: fleisch

              I like Montreal-style bagels and very much like the Bagel House on Bayview. Not quite as good as St. Viateur or Le Faubourg - but close enough! They have a 2nd location now - I think it's near Avenue Rd. & Eg. but not sure.

    2. I just found out that Mel's diner on Bloor near Bathurst serves and sells Montreal bagels. The waiter said they have them brought daily from Montreal, and I believe it - they taste just like home.

      1. As I've said before, Bagel World twisters, Gryfe's, Kiva's, Bagel House (Avenue Rd. or Bayview)[Mtl style], Haymishe.

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        1. re: Yongeman

          I'm w/o a car. So is there anything near Bay&Bloor?

          I DON'T LIVE IN NORTH YORK AND I DON'T PLAN TO TRAVEL TO NORTH YORK FOR BAGELS. IF I PLANNED TO, I WOULD SIMPLY GO TO GRYFE'S, SINCE I KNOW THEY'RE THE BEST.

          1. re: Cimmerian

            THEN YOU ARE SOL around Bay&Bloor

            and Gryfe's are the best to you - not to everyone

            1. re: Cimmerian

              No need to yell! Try Pusateri, it's right at Bay/Bloor (one block north in fact)

              1. re: Cimmerian

                they sell gryfe's at summerhill market
                you could walk there from bay and bloor if you really wanted bagels

                1. re: LemonLauren

                  That would be quite the hike from Bay & Bloor to Summerhill Market.

              2. re: Yongeman

                i'm a dufus and didn't really understand the attachments people have formed to the mlt style until i tried a bagel house bagel... they totally knocked out of the park for me. although my bagel run companion did note that gryfe's didn't seem to have been up to par that day.

                anyhow, i saw how the pusateri's up in that hood kept a nice healthy selection of bagels, croissants and other baked goodies from places around the city. so... does the bay/bloor pusateri's do the same? and are they reasonably fresh?

                would love to have access to such things downtown... i got a dozen and nearly ate half of them in the car but to no ado they were just so stale the next day in comparison.

                edit: now i'm not sure if it was gryfe's or st. urbain that i didn't enjoy...

              3. If the St Lawrence Market is not too far for you, there is a St Urbain Bagel there which is great! Montreal style of course..

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                1. re: zengirl18

                  I AM NOT WILLING TO TRAVEL TO ST. LAWRENCE. SO NO.

                  I AM NOT WILLING TO TRAVEL TO NORTH YORK. SO NO.

                  Does anyone have suggestions for bagels in Toronto near the specified intersection?

                  1. re: Cimmerian

                    Perhaps you should canvass the area and let us know what you find out.

                    1. re: Cimmerian

                      Just for the record, Bagel House on Bayview is NOT IN NORTH YORK.

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

                  2. Just curious, but I thought Whole Foods sells Gryffe's products....but I could be mistaken. Granted they may not be the fresh out of the oven, but if you have your mind set on Gryffe's it could pan out....

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                    1. re: Lazar

                      NOPE....

                      I guess I'll further elaborate: Fresh Bagels in Toronto.

                      1. re: Cimmerian

                        Are you saying "nope" that Whole Foods does not carry Gryfe's bagels? Or "nope" that Whole Foods is not in Toronto. Whole Foods is at Hazelton Lanes in Yorkville, about a 10 minute walk from Bay/Bloor.

                        Many, many stores carry Gryfe's bagels. If you call Gryfe's, they may be able to tell you what stores are in your area.

                        Maybe you can clarify what your geographic boundaries are. You've made it clear you don't drive, but do you take transit? Or are you looking only within walking distance?

                        1. re: TorontoJo

                          Every time I've looked for Bagels at Whole Foods, I've never seen any in stock, unless in the deli cafe upstairs. Pusateri's on Bay have Gryfe's and Montreal style.

                          If the OP, as a student, wants to walk over by the campus, there are a number of places on Bloor that serve passable bagels, such as Future Bakery, Mel's. Also there used to be a fairly decent selection of bagels at Dinah's Cupboard on Cumberland, as well as very decent smoked salmon.

                          1. re: Snarf

                            I was saying "nope" as in they're aren't fresh.

                            I ended up going on Pusateri's and got myself 6 Gryfe's and 6 MTL.

                            It's the closest I'll get to a satisfactory bagel.

                            1. re: Cimmerian

                              Pusateri's bakes under licence for a number of vendors, including Ace and Gryfe's, then distributes them from Avenue Road down to Bay. If you're limiting your search area to where you are located, then, yes, that is the closest you will get.