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Nov 25, 2013 10:44 AM

Lunch suggestion for bagels?

Can anybody suggest a place that serves awesome bagels for a lunchtime meal? E.g. a bagel sandwich or something.

Sadly the hotel ill be staying at provides breakfast, so my only chance to eat a famous Montreal bagel will be during lunch.

Somewhere around 'downtown' area is preferred. Must be able to dine-in and either take reservations or have a fast moving line. The group ill be with doesnt like to wait :(. If there's certain times there'll be no line, then that'd work as well.


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    1. re: EaterBob

      do they make their own bagels? if not, any idea who their supplier is?

      1. re: C70

        It looks like a St. Viateur bagel. In my opinion, though, any bagel "sandwich' should be open faced so you when you first bite into it, you taste the lox (or smoked salmon), then cream cheese then bagel. The sequence of bagel-lox etc. doesnt work taste wise.

        And potato chips on the plate? Ecch! Call me a traditionalist!

        1. re: williej

          Your taste-buds are on your tongue. Biting into an open-face sandwich glues everything to the top of your mouth, where you aren't going to be able to taste it.

          If you really want to taste everything "in sequence" then you need to have a traditionally made sandwich where you slide the bottom layer of bagel (or bread, or whatever) out of the way just before biting into it.

          1. re: EaterBob

            As I said I am a traditionalist and love open faced bagel and lox and cream cheese. Maybe it comes from going to many Bar Mitzvah lunches as a kid!

    2. St-Viateur, one of the two top bagel places, has a sit-down café, on mont-Royal street, near Mt-Royal metro (Plateau area). They do what you are looking for.

      However, a bagel is not too big, just grab one as a snack either in the morning in afternoon. In fact, grad a a bagel at the St-Viateur original location, and a Coffee at Myriade a couple of shops over for an afternoon break.

      1. Just to clarify because I think often there is a misconception among out-of-town Montreal, we tend to grab bagels from the bakery and eat them fresh or bring them home for later. As suggested, it is common to grab one and bring it to a nearby cafe to have with a coffee. We don't really have bagel sandwiches. St-Viateur does operate bagel cafes where it is possible to have a bagel sandwich. It is a sit-down place and it sounds like it might be too crowded for your group. It's quick but it can be busy.

        It looks like this new place, Hinnawi, is a response to the dearth of bagel sandwich cafes. Also, the cultmontreal article does a nice job of summing up the bagel sandwich issue much as I just did.

        The classic Montreal experience is to head up to Mile-End and grab fresh, hot bagels from St-Viateur or Fairmount. Good luck!

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        1. re: foodinspace

          Last I checked Beauty's still uses St. Viateur bagels in their special, so one could hit up 2 Montreal classics at once by going there. It's also reasonably close to everything.

          This is not to say that I recommend Beauty's for anything else, but the sandwich is a part of our heritage.