Up there with smoked meat as an iconic Montreal food is the bagel. Thinner and crustier than its New York counterpart, it’s a satisfying, doughy treat when served fresh from the wood-burning ovens of the local bagelries, the two stalwarts being Fairmount and St. Viateur.
That said, there’s more to experience than standing on the sidewalk struggling to smear cream cheese on a warm bagel with flimsy plastic knives (indeed, some visitors are disappointed by the fact that the bagel bakeries won’t put anything on the bagel for them). But the following local restaurants will cut open that bagel, and serve up a meal with it. There’s all the classics, like bagel and lox, as well as more creative options like eggs benedict with bagels instead of English muffins — and they all do justice to Montreal’s beloved bagels.Read More