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Background on Montreal Restaurants


As part of my trip to Montreal, I did much research via chowhound, Fodor's, Frommer's, Yahoo travel, and other web sites on good restaurants nearby. I knew I wanted to eat at places that I can't find back at home. That meant French bistros and nice bakeries. But it also meant so much more. I learned Montreal really was a good town for foodies, with countless other unique dining experiences with restaurants specializing in items ranging from fois gras and Montreal bagels to smoked meats and poutine. Even though I was in the city for five days, I could've easily filled many times more days than that with recommended restaurants.


Context for this Particular Restaurant


Many people rave about the bagels in Montreal, comparing them to New York bagels. There are two bagel factories vying for the title of best bagel in Montreal; the locals argue often about them. We skipped the Fairmont Bagel Factory and instead went to an outlet of St. Viateur Bagel, as it was mentioned more in guidebooks.



St Viateur has been around for decades. Its main/original bagel factory runs twenty-four hours a day. Until very recently, they stuck to the standards, only producing two types of bagels: sesame and poppy. Knowing this, we stuck with them too.


St. Viateur Bagel Cafe Review


We split a poppy seed bagel, a sesame seed bagel, and a sesame seed bagel with lox, cream cheese, onions, and capers. They were all good. These bagels definitely get my approval. I put butter on the plain bagels, though they were tasty enough without it. They are similar to New York bagels, without any of the breadiness intrinsic to sub-par bagels served elsewhere, like my home in California. If anything, these bagels were slightly lighter and sweeter than NY ones, but I could just be imagining it. One difference was that our bagels were toasted; in New York, it's nearly impossible to get a bagel toasted.



The cafe had a nice atmosphere and decor. I especially appreciated the flat screen television playing a pink panther cartoon. It reminded me of a nice trip to England two decades ago in which I'd often watch the pink panther while having a breakfast of scones with cream.



The cafe is located in Le Plateau. The street, bereft of tourists, was filled with many tempting, inexpensive neighborhood restaurants.



The side streets were cute as well, filled with townhouses with exterior metal staircases.

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