My family and I moved to Toronto 14 years ago from Montreal and are still partial to Montreal bagels. They're solid and sweet as opposed to Toronto bagels that (IMHO) are just soft rolls with holes. Montreal bagels taste great right out of the wood-burning oven, but go stale quickly and by day two are only good toasted. Of course you will never convince a true Torontonian that Montreal bagels are the real deal. And many a heated debate has be had over this issue, I assure you. My friends and relatives from Toronto swear by Gryfe's!
This weekend my daughter and her husband were visiting us. She moved to Halifax to go to Dalhousie University a number of years ago and basically never came home. So when she's in I naturally feel compelled to serve her favorite dishes from her time at home - both Montreal and Toronto. Naturally a trip would not be complete without Montreal bagels, lox and cream cheese with slices of Vidalia onions and tomatoes for breakfast. That's the main course followed by a second bagel with cream cheese and ginger marmelade - that's my dessert!
Interestingly, today "Pat on the Mountain" posted a comment to my first post, looking for a recipe for Montreal bagels. I personally BUY Montreal bagels, even here in Toronto at St Urbain Bagels, but I did find a website that has a recipe - check it out
It seems everyone believes that the bagels from their hometown are the best. Ask a New Yorker, and they'll agree with Montrealers that Toronto bagels don't rate. Of course they say the same thing to Torontonians about the ones from Montreal.
So whose bagels do you favor?