|North America or north of America?|
On a recent visit to Montreal a friend--who just so happens to live there and who could also be considered slightly biased--took me to the bakery who has the "best bagels in North America"1. I paused when he told me that and asked if he meant the best bagels north of America? Living in the New York area I feel it is blasphemy to call any bagel outside of NYC the best! I mean, even the bagels I ate daily when I lived in New Orleans were imported from New York City. We compromised and agreed that St-Viateur Bagel Shop makes the best bagels in Montreal!
St-Viateur Bagel has been a fixture in Montreal since 1957 when Myer Lewkowicz brought his recipes from Eastern Europe and decided to share them with the people of Montreal.2 They sell over 12,000 bagels a day and the St-Viateur location is open 24 hours. Everyone wants a St-Viateur bagel! The line wrapped around the block during my visit.
|Burn baby burn|
What is the big secret to making the best bagels in Montreal? There are two key items needed:
- Wood-burning oven
- Hand rolling the dough
|All that dough!|
|Hand Rolling the Dough|
|Watch out! They are hot!|
I am not going to lie, the St-Viateur bagels are fantastic. A few months ago I discovered the best donuts in Montreal and now I have found the best bagels! I will let you decide if these are the best in North America or north of America. I will just say they are pretty darn good and you can be the judge.
|Sesame Bagels are FANTASTIC|
1. My friend Martin C.
2. St-Viateur Bagel About Us