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Okay, so I live in Lincoln Park and I resent when people say negative things about the "type of people" that live here. Toast seems to fit into all of those stereotypical characteristics but I love it anyways. I'm giving it four stars for the food, not the service. They are always packed and the seating space is ridiculously small. They also do not take reservations which I thought was extremely rude when my group of 10 called two weeks in advance. They made us wait almost two hours along with everyone else. Oh well, I guess we could have gone somewhere else. The eggs benedict is my all-time favorite and the coffee is amazingly strong and tasty. I'm not big on pancakes or french toast but even to me all of the options sound so tasty. I bring all my out of town friends here and they always love it. The servers are all extremely friendly as well. If I could stomach the wait, I would be here every weekend.
I've heard a lot of good things about this place...and i had big expectations as I waited in line for an hour before being seated for brunch a few weekends ago ... but toast didnt do it for me. It's a pretty small place (hence the long lines on the weekends) I give them credit for the creative menu items that you wouldnt see at other popular brunch spots. But for me the execution just was not there & it was disappointing. The service was good - i think it would have to be if people are waiting in line for an hour ... and the atmosphere was decent ... nothing to write home about. If my friends want to go anytime soon - I'm coming up with a lame excuse to not tag along ... then going to nookies...
Very cute place with an extensive menu of breakfast and lunch items. We were luckly enough to sit on the back patio on a beautiful day, definitely added to our overall experience. They are BYOB so be prepared. We brought a bottle of champagne and they provided fresh squeezed OJ and strawberries for $8, great deal! I also had an iced coffee and it was killer...think they serve Intelligentsia but not sure. I had Whole Wheat Pancakes, they were super light and still hearty. Husband had the BELT with avocado and loved it. Friends had stuffed french toast and Chilaquiles, both were very satisfied. Our server was friendly enough although he seemed to disappear a bit. No worry for us, we had our champagne in arms reach!
I know, I know, I still love Yolk for all it's eggy freshness but Toast is still my go to place. Right off of Oz Park and the BEST plate full of multi-flavored french toast goodness you can get. As anyone who knows me knows, I love good coffee. Not just coffee. Good coffee. Toast has good coffee. If you want the place to meet for a comfortable breakfast meeting, this is it. Don't stay too long unless you flirt a lot though --- the manager can get a little testy with you if she wants the table.
Total yumminess! Great food, excellent service. Often a wait, but well worth it!
I love orgies. My favorite has got to be Toast's stuffed french toast orgy which has a choice of stuffed french toast covered in yogurt, granola, and berries!! The coffee is also excellent. It's usually a long wait for Toast, but I will definitely be going back for the orgy :)
Toast had been on my list of places to try for a while and unfortunately all that I found enjoyable was the service, the quaint atmosphere, and the hashbrowns... Whenever I go out for breakfast food I am expecting, or at least hoping, for all components of the meal to be of the best quality because the actual cooking is fairly elementary as far as my usual order of eggs and bacon is concerned. How hard can it be for them to toss bacon in a pan or bread in a toaster?? It is expected that they not burn either, so what elevates certain breakfast restaurants above the rest more so lies with the quality of the ingredients than with the actual preparation of the meal. And unfortunately at Toast this quality of ingredients was lacking. As a true bacon addict, I can attest that their bacon definitely needs some help. It was way too paper-thin and had no meat or real flavor to it at all, not to mention how it was cooked to way beyond crisp... Sadly these same bad comments go for their toast as well. I found that it was not the flavor-packed, seedy, hearty, multigrain bread I was hoping to enjoy, but rather a dull imitation of a loaf of the generic stuff from the grocery store. A true disappointment especially considering that "toast" is the name of this place! You'd think they pride themselves on their delicious breads with a name like that... Just when I was sure that all hope was lost, I took up a fork-full of their house potatoes and my mouth instantly watered. I crave them to this day. Of all the breakfast places I have visited since my experience at Toast no restaurant has been able to come close to the deliciousness of that side of wonderfully seasoned, perfectly-prepared, baby red potatoes. The potatoes are what save the rating of this place because unfortunately the rest of this place was a disappointment.
This place is really good for breakfast/lunch/brunch. The service was attentive and prompt. The menu is very versatile, with offerings for the health conscious and vegetarian crowd. It is a small space with very high ceilings, so it feels a lot larger inside than it is. The food was great, everyone at our table was happy. I had a vegetarian egg-white omelet with fruit that was really good. My husband had the breakfast burrito, which came with a homemade spicy sauce in a spinach wrap. The in-laws had and omelets as well, one of which was the smoked salmon omelet. This received rave reviews at the table. I wish I lived in the neighborhood, but I will venture back often this summer.
Toast is my favorite place for a (sober) brunch in Chicago! It has a very cool atmosphere with little toasters from all generations spread out threw out the restaurant. Food was simple and delicious, but they have other options that are great twists like chorizo and fresh pico de gallo.
Had to wait for about 45 minutes, but it was definitely worth it. Pancake orgy and pesto scrambler were amazing. Food/10 Service/10 Definitely coming back.
We brought my in-laws here for brunch on a weekday morning, and we were able to be seated right away. The atmosphere is nice, and the service is decent. The food was unmemorable, and just kinda "blah" and forgettable. My husband and his father each ordered the "French Toast Orgy" and "Pancakes Orgy" (okay, maybe an extra half star for interesting names for their dishes), but they both said their meals were a little too sweet. That's saying a lot coming from these mega-sweet tooths. Ever the savory breakfast person, I got the breakfast burrito (which I order at every brunch place as my consistent measure between restaurants), and it was forgettable. And actually rather small. It was, as Yelp describes its 3-star rating, A-OK. Just not super remarkable. I think if you're going to go all out and wait for a good brunch somewhere in the city, go elsewhere. This place isn't that impressive.
Surprised at lukewarm reviews. The food I had was pretty delicious. Highly recommend the Crabby Benedict. The hollandaise sauce is so buttery and good. The potatoes on the side were a little weird (i.e. burnt-ish) but tasty. Pancakes were solid. I did order a short stack with fruit and whipped cream and it only came with the fruit (strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, melon, and grapes - some of which don't go with pancakes very well). The Heavenly Lemonade (with champagne) is tasty but pricey. I loved the meal, really, but knocked off a star because of the 1 hour wait and cramped setup.
Squeaked in right before the Saturday morning brunch rush. No wait at 9am! As I pursued the menu I realized I had quite the dilemma on my hands: Sweet (super delicious yummy sounding french toast) or Savory (super delicious yummy sounding omelet). Sigh. Oh, the decisions in my life! I settled on the chocolate french toast, while my man friend got the lorraine omelet. We were both very pleased with our selections. My french toast was a tower of squishy, soft carbs, surrounded by fresh fruit and dusted with powdered sugar. The omelet was really great with the bacon, gruyere and veggies, toast on the side. Service was fast. Our beverages were replenished often and the food was divine. Remember to arrive early to snag a seat!
Great meal, great atmosphere. Fast service and Tyler is very helpful and fun! Awesome shirt too!! :)
My sister raves about this place. I trust her, so I thought why not? It was a hot Sunday morning in Chicago. I stepped into Toast and I thought I was a piece of toast in a toaster. It was cooler outside than it was inside. I was so hot, I started taking off jewelry and any accessories that made me uncomfortable. When we were seated, I made it a point to sit beneath the ceiling fan. My mom wasn't so lucky. She was sweating profusely throughout our meal. Nothing really jumped out at me from the menu. I ordered the B.E.L.T. and a side of chocolate ship pancakes. The food was solid, however, when I looked behind the bar, I noticed the specials menu. I would have chosen the bacon, tomato, asparagus and Gruyere omelet had our waitress informed us about it.
Indulgent brunch-lovers, this is your go-to spot! Savory eggs benedict, rich, sweet french toast...your tastebuds will thank you for starting the day off deliciously. This morning, I took advantage of an awesome Groupon deal here ($10 for $20 worth). A friend and I arrived around 10am. No wait for a table for two, although Toast was bustling with guests by then. The first thing I noticed was the warm, inviting lighting-- peachtone walls and casual hanging lights. [Contrary to the previous review, I found the storefront to be charming-- an industrial feel with a red brickwall, and a cozy corner location.] We decided to go for halfsies on the French Toast orgy, and the Veggie Eggs Benedict. **French Toast orgy: Marscapone is genius-- a creamy, soft flavor complements the sweet maple syrup. As for the Mexican Chocolate and Strawberry-- the decadent flavors were there, but I found the consistency of the french toast to be a bit tooo soggy...I missed the nice seared texture of a solid french toast. **Veggie Eggs benedict: HANDS-DOWN one of the best benedicts I've ever tasted. The Hollandaise sauce was rich and buttery, but the spinach and chunks of artichokes provided a savory and vegetal component. The runnyness of the egg yolk was perfect-- the English muffin base soaked it right up. It was served with their house potatoes, which were hearty and cooked to a melt-in-your-mouth consistency. Lastly, I enjoyed their house coffee very much! Toast serves Julius Meinl coffee, a gourmet Viennese roasting company. As a Peet's Coffee barista, I have befriended many a coffee bean, and I was impressed with Julius Meinl's nutty aroma and smooth finish. A mild, ease-into-the-morning cup of joe. I'd definitely venture back to Toast to try their lunch menu (croque monsieur, or ahi tuna with grilled fennel?!! SOLD.) Their prices are reasonable, for the ingredient quality, comfortable setting and decent service (excuse the following digression: their host service was not very attentive..a coffee refill once, and no "check-in" after meal arrived). All in all, I enjoyed my Toast!
I've been wanting to try out this joint for a while and I finally got a chance to see what the hubbub was about. It was a Friday brunch hour, we were welcomed and sat right away. Immediately, we were offered coffee, given menus, but then our waiter disappeared, for what it felt like, foreverrrrrr. Literally, I was almost done with my coffee, by the time he took our order. I'm not a fast coffee guzzler. Overw