Mile End Bagels
Mile End is a bagel heavy district in Montreal; it's also the name of the best bagel joints in town.
Mile End Bagels in Fitzroy takes its name from a neighbourhood in Montreal, whose bagel obsession gives New York's a run for its money. Boiled in water and honey, and baked in a woodfired oven, these rings of dough are seriously legit.
Mile End is owned by Ben Vaughn and Michael Fee, the latter of whom worked for the former at the much-loved Carte Crepes at Melbourne University. Trading up from a crepe stand to a full-blown bagel bakery and café, the team now has three locations — in Fitzroy, Brunswick and Richmond.
The bagels come in three varieties: sesame, poppy and "everything". Spreads include peanut butter and jam, a classic cream cheese option, and vegemite (because Australia). The fillings are numerous, including cream cheese with pickled jalapeños, avocado with chive cream cheese, tomato, pink salt and chilli oil and free-range ham, tasty cheese, egg salad, pickles with dijon and mayo.
No Melbourne bagel joint is complete, however, without a smoke salmon option, and the one here doesn't disappoint with dill and caper cream, tomato and onion. If you're after something simple, order a New York classic crunchy peanut butter and raspberry jam bagel for breakfast.
With a wood fired oven and a sweeter take on bagels, Mile End is unlike anything else on offer in Melbourne.
Images: Jo Rittey.
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