Where to Get the Best French Toast Around Boston


From Southie to Dorchester, the options are endless.


Café Luna French Toast photo by Teri Haymer

We’ll happily sing the praises of a well-made breakfast sandwich or eggs benedict all morning long. But when it comes to the art of carbo-loading, few dishes rival the bread-like satisfaction of a plate full of French toast. From traditional, yet elevated recipes served with a splash of maple syrup to original creations featuring all sorts of sauces and toppings (lemon curd, anyone?), these nine area restaurants have the goods.

Mixed

Beloved bartenders, mind-blowing dance music and unmissable drag shows draw the local Sunday Funday to this Dorchester venue, where an equally festive brunch menu matches the party vibe. Example: French toast 21+, whipped with Irish cream and maple and bourbon syrup. Be sure to eat all the berries that come with your drizzled brioche slices; you’ll need the fruity goodness to balance out the rich chocolate sauce drizzled over your meal (which can be made alcohol-free, if you prefer to enjoy your liquor in one of Blend’s tasty cocktails instead).

1310 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, 617-265-8846, blenddorchester.com.

Brassica Kitchen + Coffee

Creative and unexpected dishes have undoubtedly played a major role in Brassica’s transformation from a successful pop-up to a neighborhood staple. And Team JP’s innovative brunch offerings, including French Toast Donuts, certainly deserve some of the credit. Both savory and sweet thanks to the addition of apriums – an apricot-plum hybrid – and Thai tea butter, Brassica’s new take on a breakfast table classic is the best kind of surprise. at mealtimes.

3710 Washington Street, Boston, 617-477-4519, brassicakitchen.com.

Cafe Luna

If you’ve ever tried unsuccessfully to get a table at this Cambridge cafe, we know how you feel. The popular restaurant books up regularly (and quickly) for its excellent weekend brunch service, anchored in large part by its 10 French toast options. Dipped in graham cracker crumbs, Fried Mexican Churro French Toast appeals to your sweet tooth with a dulce de leche topping. Citrus lovers, meanwhile, can gravitate to the restaurant’s lemon curd variety, finished with lemon mascarpone and blueberry compote. So really, which is more difficult: landing a reservation at Cafe Luna or deciding which of its dishes to try first?

612 Main Street, Cambridge, 617-576-3400, cafeluna-centralsq.com.

Plain flour

Whether you’re back in the office three days a week or still making daily Zoom calls from the comfort of your couch, you probably don’t always (or ever?) have time for a leisurely breakfast. Luckily for all of us, flour makes it possible to enjoy French toast on the go. With a handful of convenient locations across Boston and Cambridge, the bakery offers its delicious focaccia-based version in one- and two-slice portions, each lightly dusted with powdered sugar and easy to swallow while you return to your computer ( wherever he is). is nowadays).

1595 Washington Street, Boston, 617-2674300; and other locations; flourbakery.com.

The friendly toast

Not super talkative in the morning? The brightly painted walls and quirky decor of this local favorite are natural conversation starters, as is the extensive (and always well-executed) menu of breakfast and brunch treats like Highway Strawberry French Toast. Imagined with cheesecake frosting, chocolate ganache and (surprise!) strawberries, this decadent dish is sure to be one you’ll be talking about long after you’ve taken your last bite.

35 Stanhope Street, Boston, 617-456-7849; and other locations; thefriendlytoast.com.

North Street Grill French Toast

Picture by dpa communications

North Street Grid

You’re probably heading to the North End for some great Italian food, but, to be honest, the neighborhood is also home to one of the most robust French toast queues in town. Step into the North Street Grille, where no less than a dozen French toast dishes, including a pair of “French toast sticks” with cream cheese dip, regularly dazzle brunch-goers. A star ? Crudite stuffed with Brie, with apples and walnuts for a satisfying crunch.

229 North Street, Boston, 617-720-2010, bestbrunchboston.com.

The primordial

Coffee Nutella and buttery brioche are just a few of the mouth-watering ingredients this city institution relies on for its French toast masterpieces, available seven days a week at its Beacon Hill and Southie. Although each restaurant’s French toast menu is a little different, both places offer great flavor in a variety of caramel and banana, perfectly complemented by one of Paramount’s freshly made lattes or mochas. Sip and savor as you follow the action in the restaurants’ open kitchens.

44 Charles Street, Boston, 617-720-1152; 667 E. Broadway, 617-269-9999; paramountboston.com.

Rosebud Kitchen + Bar

Davis Square restaurateurs received great news in 2014, when the closed Rosebud Diner reopened as Rosebud Kitchen + Bar. And now, nearly a decade later, the revamped Somerville hangout continues to win over hungry bellies with brunch staples like the classic French toast. Infused with orange, vanilla and cinnamon, the appetizer’s thick slices are accompanied by berries, maple syrup and mascarpone whipped cream. Need a glass to wash it all down? Keep the theme going with the vodka and prosecco-based “Spritz End,” which also contains citrus and cinnamon.

381 Summer Street, Somerville, 617-629-9500, rosebudkitchen.com.

Sonsie

With unlimited booze and start times that account for late hours you may or may not have kept up the night before, brunch can feel like an “adults-only” meal. But, as Sonsie’s Tempura French Toast attests, that doesn’t mean the menu can’t have a few whimsical (read: kid-friendly) touches. Made with strawberry compote, grain milk custard and, most importantly, Fruity Pebbles, Back Bay Restaurant’s new concoction will make you feel like a kid all over again. (Although one with excellent taste.)

327 Newbury Street, Boston, 617-351-2500, sonsieboston.com.


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