Humble toast has been taken to the next level. The artisanal reinvention of this workday staple started in San Francisco, and now eateries across North America are offering new twists on old classics. Check out some of our favourites.
Corbeaux Bakehouse, Calgary
Exceptional breads baked in-house using small-production ancient grains and local ingredients are the canvas for a variety of toast-centric dishes at this bright and airy spot. Raven rye toast with house-made Steelhead pastrami and a side of pickled mustard seeds is just one savoury brunch option and a chef favourite. Slept in? Don’t worry—toast stars on the lunch and dinner menu, too.
ABC Kitchen, New York City
Crab toasts are a signature dish on the ABC Kitchen brunch menu. Made with bread from the popular Sullivan Street Bakery, the toasts are topped high with Maine crab caught fresh every morning by a local purveyor who the restaurant’s famous chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, has known for more than 20 years. The twist? Jalapeno and fennel fronds add a touch of spice to the crab, topped with creamy, house-made lemon aioli.
Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar, Honolulu
Golden honey and premium vanilla ice cream are piled high atop a special Japanese white bread to create Shokudo’s own Honey Toast. The insides of the thick and boxy loaf are cut out into cubes that are delicately crisped and placed back inside the crust for a visual delight. Decadent but light, this “toast dessert” is a favourite for locals and tourists, alike.
Buck 15 Espresso Bar, Montreal
Avocado toast with a perfectly poached egg and a drizzle of Sriracha is just one of the selections customers can choose from at this trendy St. Henri café. With seasonal confitures from Toronto’s Kitten and the Bear and artisanal breads from local bakery Boulangerie Guillaume, customers are always spoiled for choice.