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    Post #1 - April 30th, 2008, 11:53 am
    Post #1 - April 30th, 2008, 11:53 am Post #1 - April 30th, 2008, 11:53 am
    While reading Mike G's thread about breakfast out and its merits, I was immediately reminded of how one of my biggest pet peeves with breakfast out is my Quixotic dream of getting toast of my liking at virtually every place I go for breakfast/brunch. Odds are it's gonna be barely toasted or cold, usually both.

    But, when I was in LA last month, my friend and I went for breakfast to an average Greek-ish diner-y place called Foxy's. We'd been there before several times but had always sat on the outside patio so I didn't ever notice that in every booth in the dining room was the answer to every diner's toast problem: toasters in every booth. You want wheat toast, super dark brown ? No problem. Your bagel only lightly toasted. Sure, just do it yourself. Seemed like such a simple solution (if you discount the potential electrical issues) for both customers and staff alike.

    And so I say to any Chicago restauranteur reading this, "Give them personal toasters and they will come".

    Or at least I will.
  • Post #2 - April 30th, 2008, 1:57 pm
    Post #2 - April 30th, 2008, 1:57 pm Post #2 - April 30th, 2008, 1:57 pm
    tem wrote:I was immediately reminded of how one of my biggest pet peeves with breakfast out is my Quixotic dream of getting toast of my liking at virtually every place I go for breakfast/brunch. Odds are it's gonna be barely toasted or cold, usually both.

    Not only that, it won't be buttered. So you're usually trying to spread cold, hard butter on cool toast.

    I remember when it was common practice for restaurants to butter toast in the kitchen. Too many dieters asking for dry toast ruined that.
  • Post #3 - April 30th, 2008, 1:59 pm
    Post #3 - April 30th, 2008, 1:59 pm Post #3 - April 30th, 2008, 1:59 pm
    Which then raises my biggest pet peeve of all. Restaurants that serve cold butter.
  • Post #4 - May 1st, 2008, 1:34 pm
    Post #4 - May 1st, 2008, 1:34 pm Post #4 - May 1st, 2008, 1:34 pm
    Last year I got room service that came with a toaster. Great idea.
    I'm not Angry, I'm hungry.
  • Post #5 - May 1st, 2008, 6:36 pm
    Post #5 - May 1st, 2008, 6:36 pm Post #5 - May 1st, 2008, 6:36 pm
    Now you've got me thinking of an all-toast restaurant, like Cereality.
    But with toast.

    Have to come up with a clever pun name, though: "Toast of the Town"? Too trite. "Tippie Toast"? Too much of a stretch. "Since Sliced Bread"? Eh. "Toe Stir"? Now I'm just being silly.

    Twenty kinds of bread, 5 kinds of butter, 12 spreadable cheeses, 30 kinds of jelly and jam, 8 kinds of peanut butter... and no muffins or pannini. Maybe call it Shmear.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #6 - May 3rd, 2008, 11:58 am
    Post #6 - May 3rd, 2008, 11:58 am Post #6 - May 3rd, 2008, 11:58 am
    JoelF wrote:Maybe call it Shmear.

    Then it would have to have bagels.

    Years ago, I was invited to be toastmistress at a tiny science-fiction convention. So I baked a half dozen kinds of bread and brought a toaster.
  • Post #7 - May 3rd, 2008, 5:09 pm
    Post #7 - May 3rd, 2008, 5:09 pm Post #7 - May 3rd, 2008, 5:09 pm
    JoelF wrote:Have to come up with a clever pun name, though


    I'd find Toast Modern hard to beat - but there might be copyright issues.
  • Post #8 - May 9th, 2008, 7:45 am
    Post #8 - May 9th, 2008, 7:45 am Post #8 - May 9th, 2008, 7:45 am
    What about little Korean grills to toast bread over an open fire?
  • Post #9 - May 9th, 2008, 7:55 am
    Post #9 - May 9th, 2008, 7:55 am Post #9 - May 9th, 2008, 7:55 am
    We were at, the then newly opened, Omega on Route 59 in Naperville a few years ago and the manager/owner/"boss" asked about our meal. I expressed my displeasure about the frozen butter and it can easily destroy an otherwise perfect piece of toast.

    Since that day - it has always been room temp.

    :D
  • Post #10 - May 9th, 2008, 9:21 am
    Post #10 - May 9th, 2008, 9:21 am Post #10 - May 9th, 2008, 9:21 am
    JoelF wrote:Now you've got me thinking of an all-toast restaurant, like Cereality.

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