I argue with people about this a lot, because Gryfe's bagels aren't so-called "Montreal-style" (meaning, in my opinion, they aren't hard and small and yucky... why do people like those!?) Gryfe's bagels are softer, and just a tiny bit sweet, and they're easy to tear and share. Sigh. I am getting hungry just thinking about them.
I think Gryfe's does some sort of honey/water dip or subtle glaze, which accounts for the slight sweetness. So if the thought of that bothers you, consider yourself informed. But if you've never tried it, I really recommend you do. It makes all the difference.
Access to Gryfe's isn't easy if you don't drive. (Bathurst Bus? Boo. No thank you.) But if you do drive, it's absolutely worth it to tool up there on a lazy Sunday morning. I did that this weekend and it was lovely. I recommend ordering a bakers dozen split between sesame and poppy seed (equally good and definitely staples). Load up on spreads and maybe some lox and you've got a gourmet brunch. But know that these bagels are good enough to eat straight too. Especially when they're warm (which they tend to be).
It'll only cost about $5.25 for a full doz. And man howdy. Your taste buds (if not your waist line) will thank you.
Gryfe's Bagel Bakery
3421 Bathurst St.
Toronto, ON M6A 2C1
*Photo by Byron Solomon from Stock Xchng.