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St. Urbain Bagels

Posted by Staff / Posted on April 19, 2006

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Lately, much to my dismay, I've been so busy I've had to buy snacks and meals out. For a broke vegetarian, this is not so easy. (I try to brown-bag it, but I don't even have time to buy groceries).

St. Urbain at the St. Lawrence market to the rescue. Fresh bagels - warm, delicious, and they smell fantastic. You can buy a dozen for a mere 5.25, or you can get a slathering of cream cheese on a fresh one of your choice for 1.75.

May be the cheapest meal on offer at the market. (Though the Chinese joint downstairs ain't bad).

I went all out and did both - I've got half my dozen in the freezer and the other half means hearty sandwiches for me for the rest of the week.

Discussion

17 Comments

St Dan / April 20, 2006 at 01:04 am
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I loves St Urbain. A taste of Montreal in the City. Three locations too.
darren / April 20, 2006 at 11:33 am
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puh-lease
they do not come close to real MTL bagels, they are tasteless, dry, overcooked, bagel-shaped bread. enjoy!
Katherine / April 20, 2006 at 09:12 pm
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I've never once had a dry, stale bagel at St. U's darren - did you catch a bad batch?

and yes, I've had 'real' bagels in Montreal with which to compare the above.
andie / March 28, 2008 at 11:02 pm
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The spinach and feta bagel is soooooo good!
sammy / June 18, 2008 at 05:23 am
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they aren't stale when you get them. but they do get stale fast. better to get them fresh everyday. not like some of the other places that keep well for a day or 2.
happy / June 27, 2008 at 03:26 am
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i went once and ordered a sesame bagel with plain cream cheese, it was good. my only complaint would be the woman handling the cash made it without putting on gloves.
jamesmallon / July 24, 2008 at 04:59 pm
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They aren't Montreal bagels, dopes! They are Toronto 'bagels': bread.
max-ffmde / February 18, 2009 at 10:26 am
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Ich find die Bagels da voll lecker... Die besten in ganz von Toronto.

Egal ob "Montreal-Bagel" oder nicht! Und die schmecken auch ungetoastet aber frisch end lecker...

gruesse aus Deutschland

ps: it's german!
Melissa / April 18, 2009 at 05:00 pm
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Does anyone know the hours of operation for the Eglington West location of St. Urbain bagels?

Thankyou!


Lisa / December 24, 2009 at 08:26 pm
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I like these bagels too but I won't buy them and neither will my family or friends because they refuse to accept Toronto Dollars, the alternative currency scheme that benefits local charities without costing customers a cent. Evidently the owners of this bagel shop couldn't care less about anything but profits and it is inconvenient for them to help less fortunate Torontonians. Shameful!
Eric26 / March 24, 2010 at 01:40 pm
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Delicious. I love these bagels so much, I eat them like candy (picture that). They're not actually Montreal-style bagels but they're amazinggg.
Dana Miller / June 2, 2010 at 11:58 pm
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I know there is a St. Urbain Bagel closer to the 401, but can't seem to find it! Does anyone know where it is? If so, please contact me at dmillermike@yahoo.com. thanks!

Dana
Dan replying to a comment from Lisa / July 4, 2010 at 07:24 pm
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Lisa, St. Urbain in St. Lawrence Market does now except Toronto dollars. I love those bagels best i've ever had! and i've been to plenty of other bagel shops.
Steven / July 22, 2010 at 07:11 pm
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The benchmark for Montreal bagels is St.Viateur of course.
St.Urbain gives you an 80-85% version, which is pretty good.
They slip a bit now & then when volumes are highest, but even then, they are still good bread, and much better than things like the food court or grocery store varieties. Those ones aren't even good bread.
They'll keep well for 5-7 days if you pack them up & refrigerate them as soon as they are cool.
A trick for reheating, if you have a toaster oven: toast them whole, don't cut first.
Alexandra / April 10, 2011 at 12:36 am
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While I agree, that St. Urbain is not exactly Montreal quality, it's the best there is in Toronto. Though I have to disagree with you Steven, that St. Viateur is not the benchmark for Montreal bagels, Fairmont is. If you look it up, you'll see that Fairmont has been around longer, and St. Viateur actually split off from them. (Plus I've had both bagels many times, and Fairmont is so much better).
Marc Bernstein replying to a comment from darren / November 8, 2012 at 11:23 am
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Another Toronto snob and a troll.
Mickey Oberman / May 31, 2014 at 11:27 pm
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Montreal style - Sweet bagels !!!

Ugh.

A sin.

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