A Venture into Montreal Style Bagels at Spread
Spread Bagelry in Rittenhouse brought a whole new style of bagels to Philly. Montreal Style Wood Oven Bagels- a style I was unfamiliar with. A fire back in 2011 did not stop them from coming back and maintaining a steady flow of customers. To give Spread a fair chance I forced myself to come in with an open mind, which was not easy as a NYC bagel aficionado. With that said, I can’t claim that Spread has made me a Montreal style convert.
I made my own bagel combo. My favorite bagel is sesame, but by the time I got to Spread they were out of most varieties so I went with plain. I topped it with the roasted garlic veggie spread, tomato, and bacon. The first point to note is that the simple bagel I made costs $7.50. The same order from Murray’s in the heart of NYC, a city with a much high cost of living than here, costs $5 (I did the math). That totally grinds my gears. Spread’s bagel came out with a healthy schmear of cream cheese, not a lot of bacon at all, and some cucumbers on the side. As for the Montreal style bagel, it is much more dense than my beloved standard bagel from New York. I didn’t hate it, but its definitely not my preference.
A more positive thing about Spread are the add on options. I didn’t get to try the brisket or pastrami, but would love to hear any feedback if any of you out there have. I did take a bite of the “frittata scramble”, which has eggs, cheddar, bacon, tomato, and Amish jam , and to which we added cream cheese. The sweet jam with all the savories was a nice combo. Again, the issue with priciness, lack of bacon, and bagel density were present.
I enjoyed the farmhouse style decor. It was easy to relax there. If I got word that the meat topped bagels were spectacular I would make a return trip, but until then, I’ll keep enjoying the frozen bagels I bring back from NY.
THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)
- Good selection of bagel add ons
THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)
- Very expensive for bagels
- I prefer lighter bagels
- Bagels run out
Spread, 262 S. 20th St., 215-545-0626