I worked in Montreal some years back but it wasn't until Mile End opened that I tried a Montreal-style bagel. Where my doctor's office once stood, there's now a new place called B&B Empire. They hand-roll and bake theirs on site, exactly where a female doctor once cupped my sac and asked me to cough. Come to think of it, I haven't been to a doctor since. As pervy as this sounds - a bagel with Montreal style is usually skinnier, sweeter and has a bigger hole.
It was weird to sit where the old waiting room used to be, chewing on a bagel. To be honest, it still felt like a waiting room - they won't be setting the design crowd atwitter. I'd describe it as hospital hallway meets train station.
I did like my bagel though. Cinnamon raisin, toasted with peanut butter. I like the sweetness, which is supposedly because they're boiled in honey water. I can't tell you if it's authentic, I have no idea. Will I be back? Yes. Would I ride a bus or train to go? No. It's about 64 steps from my front door, know what I mean?
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