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Mar 3, 2008 04:47 PM

Walnut Street Market - Newton Highlands

Moe at the Walnut Street Market (on Lincoln St.) in Newton Highlands imports Montreal Bagels about once a week. They are absolutely terrific and the genuine article. Good fresh or frozen.

He also plans to start importing smoked meat from Montreal in the next few weeks --- will keep you posted if this actually happens.

In addition to Persian rugs, the other special treat at this small market is the homemade Jewish deli-style whitefish salad, which my mother says is best available in the Boston area and rivals even Rein Deli's in Connecticut.

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    1. re: onefineleo

      Been there forever, but Moe must be a new owner, cause when I was a kid it was a dump. It's directly across the street from Baker's Best. (On the south side of Lincoln Street, if you happen to have a compass!)

      1. re: Blumie

        Was this a convience store for a long time?

        1. re: MrsRosencranz

          Yes, at least that's the place I'm thinking of.

    2. I love bagels. How is Montreal bagel different from regular one? Do you know which day I can get the freshest bagels? What is the price?

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      1. re: sheila

        It's smaller, not caky, chewy with a smokey taste.

      2. It's sort of a fun, crazy little market. Candy and rugs!

        Just remember CASH only. There's an ATM inside if you forget.

        1. If they're St. Viateur bagels, I'm camping out.

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          1. re: lergnom

            At the risk of going off-topic, I just ordered six dozen St. Viateur bagels for delivery from Montreal. I had no idea there was a place nearby that imported anything like them. The shipping cost isn't too bad, with "slower" delivery. They were shipped Monday, and are supposed to be here tomorrow. I've got my fingers crossed!

            1. re: winedude

              Useful info, because they were having trouble getting approval to ship them here.

              1. re: lergnom

                Yes, I heard the same thing. You can't order them on the website, but ordering by phone was easy. I can report back once they're delivered.

                1. re: winedude

                  how did those shipped bagels turn out? are you getting them now from this walnut st market?

          2. As a neighbor and daily visitor, I can confirm that they are St. Viateur Bagels from Montreal. In addition, they keep fresh baklava and other treats at the ready.

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            1. re: offaly_tasty

              Any idea what day they get delivered?

              1. re: bear

                I'd be willing to bet it's Thursday or Friday, depending upon the weather and how long it takes to clear customs. They've told me they only ship to the states on Monday, for that reason.

                1. re: winedude

                  Three or four day old bagels don't sound all that appetizing to me. I'm sure they must use a faster service.

                  1. re: Blumie

                    Mine just arrived this morning, and they're still pretty darned good. I looked into faster shipping, but the cost of cross-border overnight shipping is prohibitive. With "slow" shipping, it's about $1/bagel. With overnight shipping, it was about $3/ bagel, so I don't know how he could sell them at that price. The only other possiblity is if they're coming in frozen, and I don't know how he'd do that.

                    1. re: winedude

                      At the market, a half dozen is like $5.89. They aren't exactly oven fresh but I'm used to eating them as they come off that long peel as it's pulled out of the oven.

                      1. re: lergnom

                        $5.75 out of the little white chest freezer in the back right corner. They confirmed that the smoked meat will begin in 2 weeks.

                        1. re: okra

                          Smoked Meat! I'm so excited! I've been thinking I need to make another trip back to Montreal just to get some (and eat at pied au cochon again!)

                          1. re: gltsoi

                            Can someone find out whose smoked meat they will be importing? Will it be one of the commercial generic smoked meat providers, such as Lester's? Or will they get briskets from Schwartz's or Snowdon Del?

                            The last time I checked smoked meat was not allowed into the States on the pretext of the mad cow hysteria. Are they changing the regulations?

                            1. re: VivreManger

                              I assume smoked meat is Ben's, because smoked meat is pastrami. Ben's used to "export" to this area.