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Sep 3, 2010 01:20 PM

Montreal bagels for a California girl

Enough of this "New York bagel" BS. I've scoured the SF board and am mortified this question hasn't been answered. Where to find a wonderful Montreal bagel? I'm looking for a good Montreal bagel in the CIty or East Bay. Chewy, small, sweet, and preferably covered with sesame seeds. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I will follow the love.

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  1. Its my opinion that when people yearn for a "New York" bagel, what they really want is one of those small, dense, chewy Montreal bagels. I think Montreal may be the last refuge of real bagels. And you are even less likely to find a Montreal bagel here than you are to find a New York specimen. I've yet to find anything even remotely close. (This is a pet peeve of mine:

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    1. re: BernalKC

      NY bagels are not sweet...Montreal Bagels are supposed to be...that being said, although I do love REAL NY Bagels...I'd love to try Montreal Bagels as well as their smoked meats which are also highly spoken of.

    2. I haven't had any luck locally but just returned from Portland, Or. a close approximation, maybe not as sweet, and if anything, too dense.

      waiting for one of the Bay Area wood fired oven establishments to set up a side business (hint)

      1. Is that "sweet" as in sugar or honey added?

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        1. re: dordogne

          Or go a little further north and we can set you up at Siegel's in Vancouver :-)

          1. re: dordogne

            Montreal bagels taste sweeter because 1) honey is added to the water they are boiled in and 2) no salt is used. Saltiness and sweetness tend to counteract each other.

            The OP really needs to go to Montreal and get some St. Viateur or Fairmount bagels. There is no substitute.

            1. re: dordogne

              When the dough is made they are floated in hot water with honey in it that's what makes them chewy and sweet. Damn did not see later post. Search a bakery in Montreal and see if they will ship. Schwartz's deli will ship mustard and Montreal smoked meat. Provincial foods in Toronto will ship most Quebec foods and I saw frozen Montreal bagels once there.

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