Toronto is a bagel lovers heaven!
You can find the sweetish Montreal style bagel at Bagel House and the St.Urbain's chain, and the more classic Toronto style poppy seed twisters from Bagel World and Kiva's. And then there's the unique light and airy Gryfe's bagel with it's interesting crust and all the myriad coffee and donut store varieties for those addicted to Tim Horton's.
But I've always preferred the hard shelled, poppy seed covered bagels from Bagel Plus on Sheppard Ave, just west of Bathurst.
They're a delicious, warm and salty chewy mouthful! Now the bakers at Bagel Plus have created an incredible new bagel version in that same style that they call a 'flattie'. A thin bagel with a crisp and chewy crust covered with either poppy or sesame seeds and an inside bread that's a robust match to the outside.
This is the type of bagel that needs to be eaten within hours of being baked to experience it at its prime. Though if by chance I do have any left the next day, they're great sliced, spread with a little pizza sauce, covered with cheese and then broiled to allow the cheese to melt.
They're baked daily but often are sold out by late afternoon. Be sure to try some of their other breads, buns and desserts too. I particularly enjoy the onion rolls which have big chunks of onion all throughout the dough. If I'm lucky enough to find them just out of the oven it's unlikely that they'll all make it home before being eaten.