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Dec 2, 2010 03:11 AM

Kiva Burger Bar - St Clair and Yonge

The past few weeks changes have been taking place on St Clair Avenue just West of Yonge. The store near Fionn Mc Cool's has a sign Kiva Burger Bar, Hand Rolled since 1979. There was a paper on the door last night saying opening December 3'rd.

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  1. Are you certain that wasn't 'bagel' bar?

    1. Yes Bagel bar - It was too early in the morning obviously.

      Is there a way to edit my post?

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      1. re: MorseCat

        That is too funny! I was wondering what the hell is a hand rolled burger and wow that's a real stretch for Kiva. Probably too late to change now.

        Anyways, that is a great spot for them. Sounds interesting. Thanks Morsecat for the info, and my morning chuckle.

        1. re: millygirl

          Now it's going to be hard choosing between Montreal bagels at the Bagel House and NY/TO style bagels at Kiva's.

          1. re: acd123

            Ohhh didn't realize that Bagel House is close by as I'm not in the area alot. But if I were, not an issue - Bagel House all the way.

            1. re: millygirl

              Kiva's is a gem. Love them. I wish them well at their new location.

              But are they really calling it a bagel bar? Uggh, so stupid.

              Still, good luck fellas. You make great food and are swell people.

            2. re: acd123

              I've actually never tried Kiva's so I'll be curious to compare - though I've been a Bagel House fan for some time now and this particular location has the loveliest owner. It has quickly become a very popular neighbourhood spot.

              So glad I wasn't the only one wondering what a hand rolled burger was...

              1. re: peppermint pate

                Interesting because I get mine at the one on Bayview and although I don't know who the owner is, the staff are pretty miserable most of the time.

                1. re: millygirl

                  I used to go to Bayview as well and agree for the most part about the staff, especially the guy who I think is the owner. I do think their bagels are a bit better at that location, perhaps due to the age of the oven. Anyway, Jeet is the name of the owner of the Yonge and St. Clair outpost and he's one of those guys who remembers your name or the bagels you like, gives free mini bagels to the little kids, etc. Really friendly and warm.

                  1. re: peppermint pate

                    I really like Bagel House at Yonge/St Clair too, and agree the service is great. I've never been to the original Kiva's so I'm looking forward to trying and comparing with the Bagel House product at this new spot.

                    Bagel House
                    1548 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

                    1. re: JamieK

                      Comparing Bagel House and Kiva bagels would likely start up a new whole "Montreal/Toronto bagel/which is better?" thread. Bagel House makes the best Montreal-style bagels in town, while Kiva's makes Toronto-style bagels. Better to compare them to Bagel World.

                      1. re: Tatai

                        In my opinion, Kiva's makes the best non-Montreal-style bagels in the city.

        2. I stopped in here yesterday. It's a nice little spot. I've never been to the original Kiva's location so I can't compare but I saw about 6 different kinds of bagels (regular and flat), a dozen or so sandwich options and then 6 or so salads. They apparently serve matzah ball soup everyday plus a daily soup.

          I tried a "Tel Aviv" bagel, which is basically the flattened crusts of a bagel without the doughy interior. The flavour was quite nice with a good but not overpowering salt hit. I also picked up a small container of premade tuna salad - it'shard to get too excited or disappointed with tuna salad but I liked the texture, consistency and it had just the right amount of mayo. Service was friendly. I had bought a couple of regular bagels to try but my family got to them before I did...

          I'm more than happy with Bagel House around the corner but it's always nice to have options and I think this will be a good addition to the 'hood.

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            1. re: MeMeMe

              I know, I was curious to try it but I was eating on the fly. Have you had it at their original location?

              1. re: peppermint pate

                Extremely nice owner. He handed me a rugglah today while his assistant was making me some sandwiches. I remarked that I was without a kitchen for three days during renovations, and so he handed me a danish as I left. This place has great potential. Super addition to the 'hood.

                1. re: Bigtigger

                  Aww, so cute! Reminds me of my childhood days when the lovely older ladies at Open Window would give me a sprinkle cookie while my mom bought blueberry buns and a sliced triple rye...:)