Bon Appétit has declared the Montreal-style bagels from The Purple House the Best Bagels We Ate in 2017.
I planned my entire trip around being able to make as many visits as possible to The Purple House. (I managed three.) There, I found hearty, rustic sandwiches and striking pastries like gooseberry-studded financiers. But the most important thing I found was the bagel that had been missing from my life: crackly and deeply flavorful in the Montreal style, yet homey and comforting in what I’ll call the Jewish-American deli style.