Where can you find bagels in Toronto, like the ones in Montreal?
I’m not sure if you can buy a bagel in the Greater Toronto Area that tastes as good as bagel that you can buy in Montreal.
I’m no expert on the topic. However, for MCHS grads visiting Toronto on the October 17, 2015 weekend, for the MCHS Sixties Reunion, we’ve prepared the following information.
Centre Street Deli in Thornhill
A good place to buy bagels is in Thornhill north of Toronto. It’s a bit of a drive. Here’s a post, from April 28, 2014 (over a year ago), that talks about the Centre Street Deli in Thornhill:
Hot Oven Bakery in Toronto
Closer to Old Mill Toronto, you will find the Hot Oven Bakery (Kingsway location) at 2974 Bloor Street West, which is not far to the west from Old Mill Toronto. I’d say it’s about a 20-minute walk. The store sells both Montreal and New York bagels.
There’s also a Hot Oven Bakery at Cloverdale Mall, which is about a 20-minute drive by car, again to the west, from Old Mill Toronto. The bakery also has bagels – but only the softer, New York variety. The original Hot Oven Bakery – it’s since been remodelled – opened at Cloverdale Mall in 1957.
The New York bagels are soft bagels – great if you’re at the stage in life where you’re wearing dentures, as quite a few visitors to Cloverdale Mall are apt to be doing. Well, that’s what I’m guessing; I don’t have solid evidence. The Montreal bagels are a little crunchier, perhaps a little harder on the teeth. But like I say, I’m speculating and possibly don’t have a clue about the topic at hand.
St Urbain bakery in Thornhill
Ron Goldenberg (please see Comment below) as also mentioned St Urbain bakery in Thornhill, at 7077 Bathurst St, Thornhill, ON L4J 2J6.
This is another resource that we will check out in future. We much appreciate knowing of this additional source for bagels in the GTA!
Why Is It So Hard to Get a Great Bagel in California?
Speaking as a non-expert, I would say it’s not easy to find a genuine bagel, anywhere, so far as I know. A July 23, 2015 New York Times article, regarding this topic, is entitled: “Why Is It So Hard to Get a Great Bagel in California? San Francisco bakeries have tried and tried again to replicate the chewy, crusty perfection of New York’s specialty. They are still trying.”
The article appears to make the claim that if you want to find a good, or rather great, bagel, you have to time-travel back fifty years to New York City.
To the above-noted list, by way of a March 2021 update, I can add:
I look forward to visiting this newly opened store the next time I am in Toronto. It’s located at a plaza close to the Stay Inn where a number of people stayed during the MCHS 2015 Reunion. The plaza has since 2015 also been the site for the opening of a Farm Boy store, which I have often visited in recent years.
Let us know, if you have other suggestions – especially if you are an expert regarding bagels!
Why Toronto, Not Montreal?
Speaking of Montreal bagels, the second most frequently asked question about the reunion has prompted us to put together this video:
The top question that we’ve been asked, ever since the planning got underway, is answered by the following video at Vimeo.com, which includes the MCHS school song as a unifying theme: