We often like to start a lazy Sunday off with a late breakfast where we can have some great coffee and linger with the morning paper and some good conversation.
Toast prides itself on being THE place in the Littleton area for breakfast. This town doesn't have to many breakfast places around so we've been there a few times. To look at the menu, the food descriptions entice the appetite. But the description is where it ends, though. After each meal, I'm let down and I vow never to waste my time again. No more. Enough chances. This was my last visit.
The food here is only just OK and certainly has never lived up to the mouth-watering descriptions on the menu. More often than not, it hasn't arrived at my table at any temperature other than tepid. The 'smoked brown sugar cured ham' is always dry and salty. The potatoes are never cooked the same way twice. "Thick cut honey cured bacon" is not really any better than anywhere else. The different Eggs Benedict type choices are decent, but certainly don't have any 'wow' factor. The Breakfast burrito's are outrageously large and swimming in sauce and cheese, but no better than one you can find in any truck stop across the country. Longing for rich and decadent Biscuits and Gravy? Also no better than any other chain breakfast place. The French Toast and Pancake selections are so ridiculously covered in anything sweet and drippy, the quality of the actual pancake/french toast, is lost under it all. Oreo cookies, praline, whipped cream, Marshmallow Fluff, buttery Foster sauce....too much is WAY too much!
I've also been there a couple of times for lunch...also with high hopes. But if a restaurant has to wax poetic about whatever brand of pears...or bread...or any other ingredient they use...or spout terms like 'house roasted" and 'locally produced'...it is perhaps a way of trying to make things sound better than they really are. Are here, it's never as good as it sounds.
I ordered the Grilled Chicken & Pear sandwich (with Williams’ bon chrétien pears, Swiss cheese, tomato, crisp lettuce, and their house made honey mustard on a grilled roll.) It was sooooo just not good The pears were rock hard and the chicken was dry. The roll itself was so dense and dry that it was extremely difficult to eat. This is just one example of a number of let-down lunches.
But my biggest complain about this place, and the biggest reason I won't be back, is the dining room. In the main dining room, the tables are tiny, barely enough room for two plates and a bottle of catsup. They are painfully stuffed in there so close together, it leaves no room for any hope of a private conversation and a good chance at a close encounter with a strangers elbow. There is no barrier between the front door and the dining tables, so during the winter months, the patrons end up uncomfortably chilled every time someone comes in and out. The concrete floor and high ceiling makes for a loud space. If you end up sitting in the back room, you feel like you've been relegated to the kids table. The atmosphere back there is just strange. I'm never comfortable there, and never feel like I've had a relaxed meal.
The worst of the worst??? There is absolutely NOWHERE for patrons to go when there is a wait for a table. So they congregate anywhere they can...by the front door, in front of the front counter, blocking the aisles and the hallway to the bathroom...everywhere. During this most recent visit, we were told we could sit in our car and they would phone us because it was either that, stand outside in the cold or stand inside with the large group that had already gathered. Can you imagine trying to have a comfortable breakfast with 25 people standing next to you waiting for an open table??? Certainly this place is not worth the trouble and commotion.
I say skip it.
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