I moved to Toronto from Kitchener (after growing up in Ohio) a few months ago, thinking that a city with 100,000 Jews would give me the opportunity to enjoy bagels again. Unfortunately, I have been quite disappointed. I've tried Gryfe's, Hamish, Bagel World, Bagel House, St. Urbain and What a Bagel, let alone the dreadful offerings from Bagel Stop and Tim Horton's. My feeling on all of them is the same: There's no there there. There's no real bagel taste, just bread. None of them compares to even the Bruegger's chain in the U.S., let alone the independent bakeries of big U.S. cities. Unfortunately, Bruegger's doesn't seem to be interested in opening any stores up here anytime soon.
Have I left anyplace out? Is there a nugget somewhere I'm missing?