My wife and I frequently visit Toast in Birmingham for breakfast.  There is a branch in Ferndale that is very similar, but Birmingham has the better atmosphere in my opinion.  In any case, the food is very good.  It rates near the top of my list of favorite breakfast places and it must for others as well since it is busy during peak breakfast hours on weekends.  The menu includes several omelet choices including the Petosky (brie cheese, caramelized onions, dried cherries, bacon), which is my current favorite.  The Spicy Cali omelet has been the only disappointment as it needs something to add some texture.  Other menu choices I enjoy include the Breakfast Burrito and Huevos Rancheros.  I usually get coffee, but they do serve alcohol, in case you like to start your day with a bloody mary or mimosa.  There are usually specials, but rarely anything that surpasses the offerings of the standard menu.

Unlike some other breakfast joints, Toast also serves lunch and dinner.  I’ve visited for dinner a couple times and it does not disappoint.  They offer several excellent appetizers including a delightful Shrimp & Crab Ceviche and Fried Green Tomatoes.  My only quibble is that the balsamic reduction on the tomatoes seems to overpower the rest of the dish.  The Mediterranean Crunch Salad is excellent as well.  The main dishes are good but a bit predictable.  In all, Toast is a good choice for a bite any time of day.


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