Montreal vs. New York City: The Great Bagel Debate

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  08.06.08 | 10:57 AM ET

imageWashingtonian.com’s Best Bites bloggers have weighed in on the endless debate about the home of the world’s best bagels. And their final answer? Montreal’s “artisanally handcrafted,” wood-fired offerings are tops. Jaunted is skeptical, but I’ve got to agree with Best Bites. On a cold, Canadian winter day, there’s nothing quite like sliding into a seat near the wood oven at the local deli, and watching your bagel come out of the flames hot and fresh. Sorry, New York. You can’t win ‘em all.

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Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.


2 Comments for Montreal vs. New York City: The Great Bagel Debate

Michael Yessis 08.06.08 | 12:10 PM ET

I’m not buying it, Eva.

I’ve eaten bagels in Montreal and New York City, and there’s no comparison. I’ll take one with scallion cream cheese from H&H or Ess-a-Bagel over an ďartisanally handcrafted” Montreal version anytime, even if I don’t get to watch it come out of the flames hot and fresh.

Scott 08.06.08 | 2:55 PM ET

I agree.  There are plenty of places in NYC to cozy up with a bagel, as weird as that sounds.

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