There used to be a Montreal bagel place called Taylor's on Dundas near Trafalgar but is now closed due to lack of business I'm guessing. This guy had learned from a old jewish fellow in Montreal and brought his skill to Toronto to open up Taylor's. He made them right there in front of you. Those bagels were just like Fairmount Bagels. Excellent. Anybody know where we can find the real McCoy? This guy also told me that it was impossible to get Liberty cream cheese in Ontario. The next best thing is Western's cream cheese, Superstore carries it as well as Metro.
You can get montreal style bagels at bagel house or st. urbain's (both have multiple locations in the city)
I prefer the bagel house http://www.thebagelhouse.ca/
as for liberte creme cheese... I have never looked for it, but I have purchased their creme fraiche and would suspect that would be harder to find, so I'm sure if you look in stores that carry their line of other dairy products you should be able to find it?
you could also email them to find out if there is a retailer in toronto that carries it: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liberte and Western are related companies. Their products differ, but the cream cheeses are equally excellent. Western also makes Mandel's cream cheese - they got the recipe from a retiring Kensington Market storefront cheese maker. Mandel's is also really good, though distribution is very limited.
I don't want to get ensnared in another bagel war, but Bagel House makes the only credible Montreal style bagels in the Toronto area.
St Viateur bagels are available, frozen, here and there - okay toasted, but not worth the bother otherwise. If they aren't frozen, they will always be stale.
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