Kettlemans Bagels Toronto
Kettlemans Bagels is open for takeout. Masks are mandatory. There are floor markers and hand sanitizer at the entrance.
Kettlemans Bagels in Toronto make 1,200 to 1,300 dozen traditional Montreal style bagels by hand every day and offer an array of sandwich options on their menu.
With three other locations besides the one in Etobicoke, the Ottawa-based establishment has been hard at work preparing bagels from the 400-year-old recipe for nearly three decades.
One of the first things you'll see when you enter the 24-hour bagel shop is the bagel roller from an all-female team of bakers working and rolling fresh bagels just behind the counter.
The doughy rings are then placed in a boiling pot of honey water to seal the moisture, which can also be seen from the check-out counter in this open-concept space.
The baker then finishes the bagels with fresh poppy or sesame seeds and places them in the wood-burning oven, which fits up to 160 bagels at a time, with a long wooden kettle.
After being carefully turned over away from the open hot wood flames, the bagels are ready to be eaten.
All 17 types of spreads and cream cheese offerings are also made on-site. The cream cheese base is sourced from Skotidakis and then mixed in with natural flavourings.
The length of the process depends on the flavour. For the Blueberry Cream Cheese, the blueberries soak for 24 hours before even going in the mixer.
A number of different options are available on the menu including hand-rolled pretzels ($3.19), Bozzo Bagels ($2.89) which are three times the size of a regular bagel with both sesame and poppyseed, and Bagel Dogs ($4.99), rolled dough stuffed with a Hebrew National hot dog.
However, sandwiches (served on your bagel of choice) account for the majority of the sales.
Kettlemans Special ($9.49) is one of the classics and best-sellers. It's piled high with smoked salmon (sourced from Nova Scotia), deli cream cheese, tomato and red onion and is served with garlic olives.
Besides the salmon and the Montreal smoked meat for the Smoke Meat ($9.09, add cheese for 80 cents), all of the protein is also dry-brined and marinated in-house.
Another top-seller for the early risers (as well as the breakfast for dinner types) is the Breakfast bagel ($4.99) which has bacon, egg and cheddar cheese.
A vegetarian option that even non-vegetarians can appreciate is the marinated spicy eggplant ($6.69) with tomato, lettuce, swiss cheese and pesto sauce.
Made from their very own Canadian white flour that's milled in Quebec and an ancient bagel recipe that hasn't changed much besides the equipment used, the 12 different kinds of bagels offer plenty of options for your sandwich.