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Mar 30, 2008 04:56 AM

Canadian style bakery on Coney Island Avenue

I passed this the other day (on a Saturday, it was closed), and I was wondering if anyone has tried it.

My wife is from Montreal, and she would love to get some of the Canadian style breads down here (esp. the bagels).

Thanks in advance!!

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  1. that sounds really promising....can you offer a cross-street (roughly)?

    1. gfood
      Are you referrring to Porges Canadian Style Bakery 1441 Coney Island Ave.and Ave "K" ?

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        1. re: gfood

          I went in a year or so ago and didn't see anything particularly Canadian about it - no Montreal-style bagels for sure. It seemed like any other of the general Kosher bakeries in the area - nothing particularly enticing.

          1. re: lambretta76

            I wouldn't know what it would offer that would be considered "Canadian"
            Can anyone give some examples of Canadian inspired baked goods?

            1. re: Tay

              I guess we're really talking about Montreal style, not so much Canadian. I was hoping for Montreal style bagels in particular.

              I prefer Montreal style bagels to NY, we usually keep a few dozen frozen, but if we could get some fresh, that would be great.

              1. re: gfood

                Please describe/compare "Montreal-style" to NY style

                1. re: Tay

                  Montreal bagels are a little bit of heaven. Wikipedia has a pretty fair rundown:


                2. re: gfood

                  Montreal bagels are superior to NY bagels, not proud of this.

                3. re: Tay

                  Other than Montreal bagels (which I LOVE) the only baked good that I can think of as being described as Canadian would be the butter tarts -- kind of like a pecan pie but without the pecans.

                  1. re: Miss Needle

                    Rachael Ray actually visited St. Viator Bagels on her "Tasty Travels" show or somesuch...THOSE looked like divine specimens!

                    1. re: Miss Needle

                      Oh, my Canadian grandmother made those butter tarts - also known as "sand tarts" in SW Ontario. I would kill for one right now. Kinda doubt that a Montreal-style kosher bakery on Coney Island Ave. would make them though.

            2. I'm so glad to see this thread! DH and I saw this bakery and were wondering what made it Canadian. Please describe!

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              1. re: Vshu

                Montreal bagels are boiled, like NY bagels, and then cooked in a brick oven. Montreal bagels are not heavy like NY bagels, they are smaller, lighter, and,tastier. A fresh hot Montreal bagel is tough to beat, they're delicious. In fact, I really don't like NY style bagels any more, in comparison (but NY Bialy's, on the other hand, are a work of art).

                This bakery does not make Montreal style bagels, he doesn't have the oven. Montrealers believe that a true Montreal bagel can only be made up there anyway, because there's something "special" about the water.

                I went in to the Canadian bakery to scout it out. They make "cheese bagels", which are more like a pastry, and, supposedly, they make Challah like they do up in Montreal. My wife swears by the Jewish bakeries up there, so I'll soon know if the Challah matches up; the cheese bagels were "dead on" , I brought some home the other day.

                I don't know if there were any other distinctly Montreal style items.

                1. re: gfood

                  At last!...
                  Thank you for the explanation/comparison. It was getting a little frustrating.

                  1. re: gfood

                    thanks for the challah tip. i'll be out that way tomorrow and will try to pick some up.

                    now for the dissenting bagel opinion: mtl bagels are too sweet and too much like a bread roll, and once they cool off... feh. (not trying to be a jerk; just sayin'.)

                    1. re: wleatherette

                      I really I am a few years late here but I visited Porges and really liked it. I am not knowledgeable enough about Montreal to know what is "authentic" but Porges' bagels are (1) hot from the oven if you come at the right time (big positive) and (2) definitely lighter than most.

                      Porges Canadian Style Bakery
                      1441 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230