Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Montreal vs. NYC: Bagel Wars start anew
Earlier this week in the New York Times, an article entitled "Montreal’s Bagels Square Off Against New York’s" (you can read the full piece here) appeared, basically slagging La Belle Ville's roundies and extolling the virtues of New York's finest whole-in-the-middles.
Now, I'm going to admit to being incredibly biased here. 1- Because I'm an ex-pat Montrealer who grew up on St. Viateur and Fairmount bagels and they're awesome. And 2- See reason #1.
Look, to be fair, the article gives a fair and balanced take on the situation. But in the end, it finds NYC's bagels to be the winner. Sure, that'll happen when the judges are all NY Times staff.
So here's a message from me to the good folks in New York City: Hey, NY Times staffers, you're delusional. Montreal bagels have it all over New York baygs. Don't believe me? Well, then believe this:
Also, allow me to take the liberty to pull Toronto into this debate for a sec. Torontonians will tout their bagel mastery via such producers as Gryfe's and What a Bagel. I live in T.O. and have tried all these fascimiles. They're "ok" for what they are... bread-type round things with very little heft, flavour or character. So it's no wonder Toronto now has "Montreal style" bagel places popping up left, right and centre. Shops like St. Urbain Bagel and The Bagel House are quickly wicking away consumers of Toronto's outmoded bagies for the rich, bountiful goodness of the Montreal flavourlicious bagels being produced in the true, Quebec-Jewish style. Meaning - Handmade, baked in a wood oven. And with love.
Hey, it's just the facts.