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Jan 8, 2008 11:37 AM

Protection of the "Montreal Bagel" designation

Maybe it is time that a Commission for the Integrity of the "Montreal Bagel" is established. With associated rules like geographical restrictions (I.e. a two km radius from the intersection of St. Viateur and St. Laurent). etc... Suggestions for other criteria are welcome.


On a recent trip to Hamilton, Ontario (the donut capital and home of Tim Horton's). I took the following photo in a supermarket bakery. Click on the thumbnail below, it speaks volumes.

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  1. You're freakin' kidding me!

    1. Ok, so i laughed out loud when I saw this pic! Now I understand the importance of AOC regulations!

      At the same time I feel somewhat violated... Of course, what can you expect from the home of Tim Hortons (phetoooey...)

      1. I think if that's what a Tim Horton's in Hamilton is calling a bagel, we should just start with a commission for the integrity of what a bagel is first.

        1. Relax, people. The tray was probably just placed in the wrong slot. At the tim hortons I frequent the most they regulary mislabel crullers as cinnamon rolls and muffins as boston creams, etc.

          Wait, maybe you're right after all. Cinnamon sugar?!

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          1. re: mainsqueeze

            Uh, no. Read the label under the basket: "Montreal Style Bagel : Cinnamon Sugar".

            Don't relax, people!

                  1. re: emerilcantcook

                    Maybe it's cocaine, and they're mocking the "big. loose city"

            1. re: mainsqueeze

              I don't think this was in an actual Tim Hortons (phetoooey), I think this was in a supermarket in Hamilton. But Hamilton is the home of Tim Hortons (phetoooey).

              If that was the Montreal style bagel, can you imagine what the New York Style bagel looks like?

              1. re: moh

                It was in a supermarket that, like Provigo, is a division of Loblaws. You might think it superfluous, but they also sold donuts in the dessert section.

                They only had "Montreal style" bagels.

            2. "Suggestions for other criteria are welcome."

              Three flavours period: white, black, plain.

              Hole must be big enough to poke your index finger through (pinkie if shoe size is larger than 12 or EEE) without stretching or damaging the bread.

              The diameter of the cross section of thickest part of ring must be no greater than twice the diameter of the hole or 1.25 inches (3 cm), whichever is less.

              Must taste best within 30 minutes of being taken out of oven.

              24 hours after baking, must taste dry and uninteresting unless toasted.

              48 hours after baking, must be good only for making bagel chips.

              Must be baked on the north side of the block of St-Viateur Street west of Park Ave. <ducking>

              6 Replies
              1. re: carswell

                Only topped with sesame or poppy seeds. (Might wish to explicitly exclude powdered sugar just to be safe.)

                1. re: carswell

                  Can sesame seed AND poppy seed mix count or is that blasphemy?

                  1. re: afoodyear

                    Sorry, it's blasphemy. Black seed or white seed. Not both at the same time.

                    1. re: cherylmtl

                      Oh, woah, woah, wait a minute....I make an exception for Fairmount's "Bozo", which is the best of both worlds and gives the lox two very different vehicles.

                  2. re: carswell

                    I think you mistook North side St. Viatuer for South side of Fairmount.

                    1. re: carswell

                      I would add a few details about the way they are made: boiled dough, brick oven.