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We went back to Toast, and while we know lots of people who really like Toast, we sure aren't crazy about it.
The reports on dinner are shining... though we've only been for brunch.
Don't get me wrong: they have great service, they have some great ideas, and if you like onions, they've got lots of those. We love that you start your brunch with tiny gratis scones, and we love the non-alcoholic mixed drinks. We love the excellent Courier coffee and the fact that decaf drinkers aren't treated like second-class citizens.
The big winner for us was the Bad Ass Sandwich (fried eggs, bacon, and shaved gouda on toast, with potato rosti, $7.50) for its pure simplicity. This is a sandwich that you eat with a knife and fork, and if you feel that leafy things should not be included in breakfast items, best to avoid this. The eggs were overeasy and nice with a little pepper; the bacon crisp; the gouda unnoticeable. This came with an oniony rosti, which, either you like these things or you don't.
Other things didn't work as well. For example, the sausage turnover ($2.25) which hasn't been available twice, and when we were able to get it, the pastry was hot, and the meat was cold. The pastry itself was flakey, and the flavor on the turnover is good, though we would have been happier if the whole thing was room temperature.
One of us ordered That’s a Flapjack (Two flapjacks, maple syrup, fruit and griddle ham, $7.50), and went home hungry. The chopped apples were great, but the ham was greyish.
The Benedict oh ($9) is soft poached eggs, really underwhelming housemade sausage patties, chard, and housemade english muffins with a bit of bearnaise sauce.
The Golden Pig is pork belly with three basil scrambled eggs & crispy shallots on a slice of toast, which sounds good, but really wasn't out of the ordinary.
This restaurant does not fear white space, at least on the plate. Part of me thinks, it's kinda nice that the breakfasts are smaller, that this place doesn't want to overwhelm you with lots of food. I could afford to eat a little less, you know? But if I'm going to eat less, I want what I eat to really be good.