Saturday, January 11, 2014

Week 2 - Toast Eatery

The problem with brunch the world over, as near as I can tell, is that if you want to roll in to a decent place around noon on a weekend, you'd better be prepared to wait at least an hour.  We were actually intending to visit a different Noe Valley establishment, but ended up at Toast Eatery because the wait was shorter.  It only took about 15 minutes to get seated, and we used the time to browse the bookshop down the block.

Toast Eatery is your basic diner, nothing fancy here, but definitely a cut above a greasy spoon.  The food was totally decent.  The service was very friendly.  It was a comforting place to be on a gray, rainy, San Francisco day.  Plus they have cool lightbulbs hanging over the counter.

Nalani got the Toast Combo ("no substitutions" warns the menu).  Could she add cheese to her scrambled eggs?  No problem.  Could she add onions too?  No problem.  Nalani praised the hash browns ("crispy on the outside, like mashed potatoes on the inside") and we both agreed that the hot links were delicious, and the french toast was definitely french toast.

I got the lox scramble because it's hard for me to pass up cream cheese in my eggs.  The scramble was great.  The toast was sort of tepid and I wish I'd gotten the sour dough instead of the white.  (If the place is called "Toast" don't you think the toast should be truly excellent?)

Neither of us got coffee, so we are sadly unable to comment on this crucial aspect of diner quality.  But if coffee turns out to be the Toast achilles heal, there's a Starbucks next door, if that's your thing, and a coffee shop called Bernie's across the street.

Toast Eatery also has another location not that far away on Church Street.  We've been to that location before but in our memory, though the place was quite cute, the service and food were both below the level of the 24th Street location.

Would We Go There Again

We probably wouldn't cross the city for it, but if we were in the neighborhood, sure.

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