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BBQ Ribs?

La Cage Aux Sports is a sports-bar/restaurant chain which originated in Montreal. They have the worst, slowest service I have ever encountered, but their pork ribs have the most amazing sweet sauce you will ever taste. And their potato skins, with La Cage's own chive dip, will bring tears of joy to your eyes. They are so good that the first time you take a bite, you will stop breathing, your body unable to do anything other than process the flavours and textures of the skins in their dip. The chicken and ribs combo dinner is great, too. The food is well worth the bad service, if you can believe such a thing.

And for you Americans living close enough to the border, it is worth a day trip up to Montreal to have breakfast at Cosmo on Sherbrooke, lunch at La Cage Aux Sports, a sesame seed bagel warm from the wood oven as a snack, and a cheap steak at Schwartz's on St. Laurent. At midnight, find a good Poutine truck, and drive home with the aroma of cheese curds and hot gravy filling your car.

BBQ Ribs?

I agree with the fans of Tasty-Q on Crenshaw, in L.A. I especially love Tasty-Q's side dishes; great potato salad and incredible sweet potatos/yams. Their ribs are smokey and tender. I take mine with the sauce on the side, and then make my own Montreal-style rib sauce, based on my memories of the sauce at La Cage Aux Sports -- the best darned rib sauce I've ever had.

Is it possible to find a Montreal style bagel in Los Angeles

Hi Emme. Despite their name, anything other than sesame seed or poppy seed is not a bagel; it is a doughnut or a weird-shaped muffin. I apologise for what must appear to be bagel prejudice on my part, but in Montreal, only these two will do.

And in Los Angeles, the St. Urbaine's bagels are made of regular, run of the mill white bread dough, and baked in electric ovens, so they are definitely not Montreal bagels.

For a couple of years in the 90s, West L.A. had The Woodfire Bagel Café, but they went bust-o. They not only had a brick, wood-burning oven and the right recipe, but they imported their flour and sesame seeds from Montreal, along with a couple of bakers from the Real Bagel bakery back home.

I'm not saying that you are wrong to enjoy St. Urbaine's blueberry/egg doughnuts, but in the context of this discussion thread, they are not Montreal-style bagels, if bagels they be at all.

For now, the Culver City Farmers' Market on Tuesdays has a bakery vendor who sells decent American bagels that are as close to Montreal's as I've had in years. Just please leave some for me!