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Inside Montreal’s Famed St-Viateur Bagel Store

Which is better: NYC or Montreal bagels?

Drumroll, please: the fourteenth season of Eater’s cheap eats series Dining on a Dime is here, and this time around, host Lucas Peterson is having an island getaway of sorts, here in Montreal.

First up, an iconic foodstuff beloved by locals, tourists, and travel editors alike, the Montreal bagel. And apologies to Fairmount fans: the chosen bakery is St-Viateur Bagel.

Watch as Peterson helps to roll, boil, and bake his way to an understanding that our dough circles are a whole different beast to New York’s carb-laden bread pucks, from the denser texture to the more aggressive sesame seed coatings and the honey water they’re boiled in.

Peterson might be coy on the New York-versus-Montreal question, but he definitely finds something to love.

“Hot out of the oven, these bagels are a such a revelation that I don’t even want to add cream cheese,” he writes.

Dining on a Dime will release one episode weekly until late September — expect some more Montreal classics such as poutine and smoked meat, but also Portuguese grill, Asian fusion with flair, and Caribbean curries in the weeks to come.

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St-Viateur Bagel

158 Rue Saint Viateur Ouest, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, QC H2T 2L3 (514) 270-2972 Visit Website