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May 14, 2009 07:46 AM

Bagels in Calgary Sought

The "thread" further down the page concerning bagels in Vancouver reminded me that I wanted some recommendations for bagels when we visit Calgary next week-end.

I used to fill up a travel bag with bagels from the small shop in Eau Claire Market before it closed and then after someone recommended Wayne's Bagels in Kensington that became a regular stop. However, I understand it has moved south down McLeod Trail.

I usually work and/or stay downtown so Wayne's used to be convenient as I could walk to Kensington or take the C-Train but will have a vehicle this trip.

Would prefer suggestions in the NW that are open on Sundays if at all possible so that we could stock up and carry on back up #2 to Edmonton

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  1. Bagelinos!!! The best bagels in town! They are right downtown on 7th Street SW (between 9th Ave and 8th Ave). Only open from Monday to Friday though.

    1. Since you have a vehicle on this trip, then I totally believe it's worth the drive to head to Montreal Bagels in the SW. It's on the east side of Elbow Dr SW just south of Heritage Dr SW. I know it's a little far but I think it's totally worth the drive. I've heard that the owner/baker here used to bake at St Viateur in Montreal. This is as close to the real thing as you can get outside of Montreal... I went to Montreal last year and brought home bagels from both Fairmount and St Viateur (2 famous bagel shops in Montreal). I became totally addicted to that style of bagels. I was so happy to discover we had Montreal Bagels here and they are identical to the ones in Montreal in terms of flavour, texture and chewiness. Although this place doesn't have a lot of variety (sesame, poppy seed, whole wheat), the texture totally makes up of it. Sesame is just fine by me.. After having these, I could never go back to eating regular bagels from other places. Even Wayne's Bagels doesn't compare... I tried Wayne's side by side with Montreal Bagels and I found Wayne's totally didn't resemble in texture to the ones I brought home from Montreal whereas Montreal Bagels here does.

      Also wanted to mention, the ones from Montreal Bagels freeze very well. I usually buy a stash and slice them when they are fresh. And then I put them in the freezer. When I want one, I just toast it in the toaster and it tastes great.. it doesn't loose the texture.

      Montreal Bagels
      #103, 8408 Elbow Drive SW
      (403) 212-4060

      I believe they are open 7 days a week. According to here are their hours.. although you may want to call to confirm in case the hours have changed..
      Mon-Sat: 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Sun and Holidays: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

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      1. re: miss.foodie


        Thanks very much. I am going to print off your post and bring it along with us next week.

        I am originally from Montreal and more evenings than I probably want to remember were spent in the line up at the St. Viateur Bagel Factory getting bags of freshly baked "black" and "white" bagels....they were sort of a "peace offering" to the rest of the family for waking them up as I "stumbled" in.

        1. re: miss.foodie

          The reason that Montreal Bagels is just like the real deal is because it is. The owner worked at Fairmount before opening here.

          And I do agree, they are better than Wayne's, not that Waynes aren't better than any other bagel I've tried in Calgary.

          1. re: Scary Bill

            Ex NDG here...dunno how it is I missed this thread when it started :) I recommend Montreal Bagel too - although I thought I'd heard he worked at St-Viateur before coming here? Either way they're deeeelicious! Btw Bob you can mail order St-V's bagels directly (pricey mind you)

            1. re: maplesugar

              Better late than never maplesugar:

              East end, Rosemont myself.

              Yes thanks knew about the mail order routine. Reminds of when my parents were alive and visited the "west" they inevitably would arrive with St. Viateur bagels, Dunn's cheesecake and Schwartz' smoked meat...their visits were understandably popular with my friends..

              I am down to just about the dozen I sliced and froze Sunday afternoon. Even the dog ...a 2 year old golden has become a bagel fan and I swear he can hear me open the bag from the fridge from anywhere in the home and will come running to a full stop and a sit looking longfully up [smile].

              We'll be getting more the next time we are down in Calgary.

              Had a nice Sunday evening munching on a bagel watching the Food Channel's "At Your Table" edition featuring Martin Picard of Au Pied de Cochon with Harmonium and Beau Dommage on the stereo to add to the Montreal nostaglia [grin]


              1. re: Bob Mac

                Bob Mac: I'm very happy to hear that you took the time to make it out there and that you enjoy the bagels so much. Ever since I've discovered this place, there is no going back. I'll only eat bagels from Montreal Bagels here. I even like eating them just plain after they've been toasted as they are so flavourful and there's a hint of sweetness to them.

              2. re: maplesugar

                I guess I'll have to ask next time I'm there-the Fairmount reference came from my father-in-law, fomerly of NDG. Not that it really matters, the bagels are superb.

                Now if only a Schwartzes refugee would move here......

                1. re: Scary Bill

                  Have you tried Alberta King of Subs?
                  Don't know how it compares to Schwartz's but they do make a pretty good smoked meat sandwich.

                  Alberta King Of Subs
                  7196 Temple Dr NE, Calgary, AB T1Y, CA

                  1. re: cancowboy

                    My reaction to AKoS: meh. It's better than many of the places purporting to sell Montreal-style smoked meat, but the cut is the wrong thickness and not in the same direction (does that make sense?) as Schwartz's. It's also not as juicy and tender.

                    Obviously, they're not the same as Schwartz's and aren't necessarily trying to emulate Schwartz's. But Schwartz's is my golden standard for MSM.

                    1. re: aktivistin

                      I tried Alberta King of Subs once a couple of years ago.. shortly after they changed ownership. I agree it's meh... In Calgary, I would go to Palace of Eats on 11St next to the Galaxy Diner for my MSM craving. While I agree that Schwartz's is my golden standard too, at least Palace of Eats sources their meat from Quebec Smoked Meat Products in Montreal... I've never found any MSM as good as Schwartz's when it comes to flavour.

                      1. re: miss.foodie

                        Went to Palace of Eats website, remembered from the pictures that I was there several years ago, while on a visit before moving here recently, and that the smoked met was pretty good.

                        Think a visit is in order.

                        Also, for Maplesugar, you are correct as the P of E site mentiond Montreal Bagels, and that the owner worked at St. Viatuer, not Fairmount, and is the source of their bagels.

                        1. re: miss.foodie

                          Palace of Eats is now called Myhre's Deli - same location, phone number and website. Menu appears to be the same but I can't vouch.

                          Bagelino's The Bagel Company
                          809 7 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1Z5, CA

                          Wayne's Bagels
                          4515 MacLeod Trail SW #104, Calgary, AB T2G 0A5, CA

                          Montreal Bagels
                          8408 Elbow Dr SW #103, Calgary, AB T2V 1K7, CA

                          Myhre's Deli
                          1411 11 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1G7, CA

                          1. re: rosetown

                            There's a location in Marda Loop as well, called Avenue Deli:

                            1. re: 23skidoo

                              Avenue Deli and Redheads Bagel Cafe added:

                              Redheads Bagel Cafe
                              638 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R, CA

                              Avenue Deli
                              2008 33 Ave SW #3, Calgary, AB T2T 1Z4, CA

                        2. re: aktivistin

                          i've never had the smoked meat there, but Alberta King of Subs has hands down the best poutine in calgary.

                2. re: miss.foodie

                  What a wonderful surprise. As I spent time out east, I also suffer from bagel withdrawal and usually end up getting my fix while in Vancouver on vacations. It is great to hear there is a place in Calgary. Now I have more reason to drive down from Edmonton :)

                  Bob Mac - do let us know if you indulge!

                  1. re: miss.foodie

                    Wholeheartedly agree with this suggestion. Some of the best tasting bagels around. The bagel itself is full of flavour - it does not even need any accompaniment. Whenever I get a dozen, I simply cannot help grabbing 'just another bite' - that usually means I end up eating about 3 in one sitting!

                    1. re: miss.foodie

                      I'm moving back to Montreal in a few months, and it seems as it gets closer and closer, I get more and more homesick..
                      This might just hold me over till I get there
                      THANK YOU!!!

                    2. montreal bagels on elbow are THE ONLY bagels in Calgary, as far as i'm concerned.

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                      1. Wayne's is at CFM now in addition to their retail shop on McLeod.

                        Kris is out of the market and has a retail space on 11th Ave SW just down from Cookbook Co- Redheads Bagels, 638 11ve Ave SW,

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                        1. re: John Manzo

                          miss. foodie and all:

                          Thank you for the recommendation of Montreal Bagels. We headed down there this morning before heading back to Edmonton in the afternoon.

                          They are very good. Unfortunately at 10:45 a.m. they only had "white" (sesame) available so I could not get any of my favourite "black" (poppy seed) but the former were worth the drive.

                          We ate a couple on the drive home and I have left a few in a bag and have cut and frozen the balance for toasting later.


                          Definitely worth the tme and the drive....they should "bottle" just the smell of the bagels baking in the wood burning oven

                          1. re: Bob Mac

                            Thanks Bob Mac! Great to hear, and yes I agree. They can sell it right beside the "new car smell" and spoil the world.

                            1. re: raidar

                              Oh my goodness, montreal bagels! Now I just have to figure out when I can make it down to Calgary.

                        2. Add me as another Montreal Bagels convert to the list! I can't imagine eating any other bagels now. Do they take "orders" over the phone? Because when I went at 2:30pm yesterday, I bought the last plain bagel they had.

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                            1. re: Scary Bill

                              I called them multiple times before I posted that, and no one picked up.

                            2. re: dingmah

                              For anyone who tried to go to Montreal Bagels last week only to find out that their oven had broken down, the oven has been fixed and they are baking once again.

                              1. re: Fid

                                Great news! i was one of the victims last week. I don't make out to that part of town very often, so it was quite disheartening to see the 'out of order' sign on the door. I'll have to make the trip sooner rather than later!

                                1. re: marcopolo

                                  Does anyone know what time they open? I went there about 8am and it closed. It was dark and I didn't get out of the car. But who wouldn't love to stop by there on way to work and pick up a dozen for the office??

                                  I find bakeries to open quite late in Calgary as a general rule.. 9am is late for a bakery, I think!

                                  1. re: TSAW

                                    I wrote them down. :D

                                    9 am - 5 pm M-F
                                    8 am - 5 pm Sat
                                    10 am - 2 pm Sun and holidays