Bagels are a point of deep pride in this city, and it’s hard to find locals who won’t dig their heels in for the New York vs. Montreal bagel debate. But the city itself is split between Fairmount and St-Viateur, which might be an even more heated divide. And while we favor Fairmount slightly, regardless of where your allegiances lie, it’s basically a crime to visit this city and not try at least one (but preferably several) of these sesame-seed-covered, slightly sweet, doughy circles. Plus, if there’s a lineup spilling out onto the sidewalk (and there almost always is), you can pop next door to Drogheria Fine and snack on a takeout carton full of gnocchi while you wait.
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