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“Italian sandwich place, good food, little atmosphere”
Review of Toast

Ranked #32 of 765 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, Italian, American, Soups
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Raleigh, North Carolina
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497 reviews
337 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Italian sandwich place, good food, little atmosphere”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

This small place in downtown Durham in an old building services a variety of Italian Sandwiches made fresh to order. The bread in the sandwiches are really good. The owner is extremely friendly and helpful. However the atmosphere is really really bland. Also the sandwiches don[t even come with a pickle or any sort of garnishment at all which is unusual. So great place for sandwiches, good downtown location, but atmosphere and presentation could stand some improvement.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Don N
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English first
durham, nc
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“reliably perfect”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

funny thing about durham - there are always lots of new and interesting restaurants, and yet if you ask townies what their favorite place to eat is, a surprising number of them (myself included) will say toast. it is not a fancy place, or an expensive one. the modest menu consists of about 20 variations on a theme - panini, sandwiches, bruschetta, crostini - and a couple of soups and a salad. they have a cooler full of beer and soda and a few wines and desserts. they have a dozen tables inside and a handful outside - the big news is that they now have umbrellas for their outside tables. it is just a nice little sandwich shop.

also, it's kind of perfect. everything there is consistently delicious, every single time. kelli is always delightful and cheerful when she takes your order, and the servers are always friendly. the atmosphere is happy and relaxed.

so yes, i go there regularly, and every time i do, i get one of the best meals i've had in a restaurant - just as good as the first time i went there years ago, and with any luck, just as good as the one i will get 10 years from now. in this very foodie little city, it is indeed my favorite restaurant.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank deedee_roberts
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Durham NC
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114 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Best lunch place Downtown”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Doesn't quite have the atmosphere to be a night place, but for daytime the food and the ambiance is excellent for business or for social or a lunch date.

Visited March 2013
Thank GeorgeSmart
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Hickory, North Carolina
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94 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Fresh and delicious sandwiches”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

When you're in Durham, seek out this wonderful sandwich shop. The bread is fresh and interesting, and the sandwiches are creative and delicious. It's a small place and packed at lunchtime, so try to visit before or after lunch.

Visited October 2012
Thank Sue B
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Yummy paninis and soup no too far from Duke. Fun funky vibe. Naxt to an awesome cupcake bakery for dessert.

Visited February 2013
Thank Jagara
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