5222 SE 52nd Avenue (between Mitchell & Steele)
(503) 774-1020
get there via trimet
find a bike route
8-2, Wednesday - Sunday
5:30-9:30, Wednesday - Saturday

more photos of Toast here
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.

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November 13, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (10)


chris said:

"And while I'm really not opposed to the small plates idea applied to breakfast, I want that small plate to be really good. Is that too much to ask?"

My thought on breakfast is that it should be big enough to fill you up without making a huge dent in your pocket book. There are exceptions to that (like Bar Carlo or Bijou) where I'm willing to spend more for excellent service, atmosphere, or huge portions, but on the whole I think this $10+ breakfast trend is BS.

Katherine said:

I've really enjoyed your recent breakfast posts. They've given me some places I need to check out when my schedule finds me in Portland.

Stacey Ho said:

As a true neighbor (just a few blocks down) I am happy to see Toast. We have a small child and we love to eat local, Toast is perfect for us. I really admire what they are trying to do and hope they keep at it! Compared to what the corner used to be I'm happy to support them along their journy!

AndyK said:

"$26.00 later, and we're out. And I have to wonder, with prices like those, if it will remain a neighborhood restaurant."

From my understanding they use almost all local produce and meats. I know 26 bucks seems like a lot but when your not buying your eggs from battery farms, and your potatoes don't come in pre-frozen bags from sysco there is an added cost. I'm sure as a food critic you'll understand the immense benefit of those extra couple of food dollars on the local economy. Besides do you know how much work goes into properly prepared pork belly? It's not a quick fry in a pan. If low prices are your primary indicator of quality for breakfast food I suggest Denny's or Ember's, I'm sure they'll hold the onion and you can have"Your thing".

vj said:

Andy, the majority of restaurants that I review use local, groovy meats, eggs and produce. I appreciate that, certainly. But, let's look at several new restaurants within a mile of Toast.

Hmm, there's Bar Carlo. Groovy ingredients, really good breakfasts, you get a full plate. Arleta Library, same thing. Both will run you about $10-11 a head without tip.

If you look at destination restaurants like Simpatica, again: groovy ingredients, really good breakfasts, full plate of food, again, prices around $10-12 a head. And these are some of the best breakfasts you'll find anywhere.

I'm glad they've replaced a porn shop. I wish them well. But it just didn't do it for me. I've made it pretty clear what worked for me and what didn't, and if it works for you, great. That said, I do plan to give Toast a few more weeks and try them again. I've heard great things about them for dinner, and I expect that they'll get breakfast figured out in time.

JT said:

I used to live around the corner and applaud Toast for moving into the neighborhood. The neighbors have been talking for years about needing a place to gather. I live in Beaverton now and will gladly make a trip to eat at Toast!

megan said:

I heard this place used to be an adult video store...Did you happen to notice if there was a tofu scramble or similar on the menu? I have been meaning to try it out but don't want to go if my only option is toast!

vj Author Profile Page said:

Oops, forgot about the veg options. There are actually a couple here:
Hippies Use Front Door (House roasted organic granola served with fruit and your choice of milk, soymilk, or yogurt, $4.50)
Mr. Brimley (Warm local oats served with cinnamon raisin and brown sugar, $5.50)
Good Monk (Organic tofu, toasted farro, and veggies in a roasted onion broth, $7.50)

There's nothing on the menu about being able to swap tofu in for eggs or meat on the menu...

gemini rose said:

I have eaten at toast many times and they have ALWAYS been accommodating with my vegetarian diet. They make GREAT tofu scrambles, you just have to ask. With such expedient service it seems a shame to come down on a menu for not specifically stating alternatives. Is asking your server so hard?

vj Author Profile Page said:

Is asking your server so hard?

I'm not vegetarian, and I generally don't order tofu scrambles. I might ask if the waitron is not hurried, but in the case of Toast, the waitress is always on the run. So in that case, I don't ask because I won't be ordering that, and I'm sure she and the other patrons appreciate that. As might you, Gemini, if you're dining in her section.

And realistically, it's great that you do ask. Some people simply won't, or they'll look at the menu, and decide to go elsewhere.

Many restaurants do state on their menus that they will swap in this for that, so I don't think it's unreasonable to think that if restaurants want to serve vegetarians, they'll post that on their menu.



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