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St. Viateur Bagels in Midtown

[Photo: Midtown Lunch] All you die-hard Montreal bagelheads, take note. This morning, Zach at Midtown Lunch brought word that a new Greek takeout market on West 56th, Marketa, will be selling bagels from St. Viateur in Montreal: The original... More

Montreal Bagels: St-Viateur vs. Fairmount

"The two bageleries are only a few blocks apart so picking one doesn't usually involve convenience—it's about loyalties." [Photographs: Erin Zimmer] Montrealers have a lot of pride in the their bagels. Plus in a French accent, the word just sounds better: bay-gal. Depending on who you ask, "the best" are either from Fairmount or St-Viateur, both of which sell them fresh 24 hours a day. Before touching on the rivalry, let's define the Montreal bagel. What's All the Fuss? Compared to the New York-style bagel—a bulbous bread monster—these are smaller, less chewy, and sweeter, thanks to some honey or malt syrup. The bagels are hand-rolled then bathe in sweetened boiling water, and finally baked in a big wood-fired oven. Because... More

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