Let’s be clear: this is not a schmear campaign against the other cities famed for their boiled bread (we’re looking at you New York, and sort of glancing sideways at you, Chicago), but rather a championing of Montreal’s own amazingly well-crafted dough-rings, and the reasons why they’re so good.
1. There are standards.
It’s more than mere geography, and there are actually some pretty rigorous rules concerning what can and cannot be called a Montreal-style bagel. As such, there are only two consistent, stalwart contenders for the title of Montreal’s finest: Fairmount Bagel and St. Viateur.