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chuck s Aug 10, 2006 10:37 AM

My daughter is craving a French Toast breakfast. Who has good french toast in the Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Watertown area? Thanks!

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    bella_sarda Aug 11, 2006 06:11 PM

    The weekend brunch at the B-Side Lounge (Hampshire St. at Windsor, Cambridge) offers french toast using Iggy's bakery brioche. Delicious and not overly fussy, served with a heaping side of fresh fruit. This place is very relaxed and not as crowded as Paramount, Sound Bites, etc.

    I also second the French Toast options at Panificio, but that often has long lines on weekends.

    1. BostonZest Aug 11, 2006 02:03 PM

      I just picked up a menu from Panificio and it reminded me that they have "Apple, Cinnamon, Raisin Bread French Toast."

      1. Joanie Aug 11, 2006 12:29 PM

        Slightly gussied up, but I like the french toast at Johnny's in Newton that has a coating of grain or corn flakes or something.

        1. Dax Aug 11, 2006 12:19 AM

          New Yorker diner in Watertown Square has the grand slam breakfast for like $6.50 that includes two eggs, two pieces of bacon, two pieces of sausage, hash browns and two pieces of challah french toast and coffee. You can't beat that with a stick.

          1. lipoff Aug 11, 2006 12:00 AM

            Sounds Bites in Somerville has excellent stuffed french toast.

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              Dreamworks Aug 14, 2006 02:53 PM

              Second Soundbites. Mmm...Strawberry stuffed french toast is making me drool on my keyboard.

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              BackBayGirl Aug 10, 2006 09:54 PM

              Trident Cafe has good challah french toast.

              1. BostonZest Aug 10, 2006 07:47 PM

                You can find traditional, basic "diner" French Toast at Steve's on Newbury at Hereford St.

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                  EmmaFrances Aug 10, 2006 07:34 PM

                  Uncommon Grounds on Mount Auburn Street (just a couple of blocks from Coolidge Square heading towards Watertown Square) has pretty good basic French toast.

                  1. gansu girl Aug 10, 2006 05:52 PM

                    Gotta put in my plug for Victor's on N. Beacon in Watertown - have never been disappointed w/anything I've ordered there. It's more "old school" diner than some of the other suggestions, but the prices are very very reasonable and the service is great. We're regulars and they treat us like family over there.

                    1. MaineRed Aug 10, 2006 03:53 PM

                      French toast made from french bread at Renee's Cafe, 198 Holland St Somerville...it's tasty!

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                        wontonton Aug 10, 2006 02:53 PM

                        The Paramount on Charles St. Beacon Hill, but the long line on weekends is usually a deal breaker for me.

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                          mwk Aug 10, 2006 02:09 PM


                          I second the suggestion of Mike's City Diner on Washington St. in the South End. They have great traditional French Toast, and excellent home fries to go with. Very tasty.

                          1. finlero Aug 10, 2006 01:50 PM

                            Beacon Hill Bistro is on the upscale side, but good, and available any day of the week. The exact recipe varies, but tends to have some sort of seasonal fruit accompanyment.

                            Bonus points for very good, dark coffee.

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                              peelmeagrape Aug 10, 2006 01:24 PM

                              This may not be what you're looking for, but the Sunday brunch french toast at Upstairs on the Square is totally decadent. Huge, pillowy pieces of bread accompanied by ricotta-marscapone cream, candied pecans and carmelized bananas. Of course, if your daughter decided she was just interested in the toast, that could leave someone else with the enviable task of putting the toppings out of their misery....

                              Another option might be the Deluxe Town Diner. I haven't tried their French toast but if their sweet potato and chocolate chip pancake is anything to go by, it should be good. Maybe someone else can vouch?

                              1. MC Slim JB Aug 10, 2006 01:24 PM

                                The Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown does a superb challah French toast. I like the brunch at Aquitaine and Caffe Umbra in the South End, but they both use brioche for their French toast, which I think is a bad idea but some people like. Union Bar and Grill does a "B-52" French toast that looks amazing but I have not tried, not sure what that name means (Kahlua, Grand Marnier, and Bailey's in the batter?). Mike's City Diner and Victoria's Diner, in the South End and Newmarket Square, respectively, do fine traditional French toast in giant portions, cheap.

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                                  Blumie Aug 10, 2006 01:22 PM

                                  East Coast Grill's Latin brunch, which is only offered on Sundays from 11am - 2pm, is amazing. The only traditional American breakfast item they have on the menu is frech toast, which is described as "cornbread crusted french toast" but is nonetheless very well executed traditional french toast. The great thing about this option is that all of the non-french toast eaters can order the other wonderful stuff on the ECG menu.

                                  I took my 6-year-old daughter a few weeks ago. She had the french toast. I had the fish tacos.

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                                    KitchenAid Aug 10, 2006 12:47 PM

                                    Zaftig's banana french toast is my husband's favorite.

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                                      chuck s Aug 10, 2006 12:51 PM

                                      Yes I know of Zaftig's french toast but we were looking for a more traditional but very good variety.

                                    2. edgrimley Aug 10, 2006 11:22 AM

                                      Good for kids and pretty good french toast at Zoe's on Mass Ave near Putnam, a few blocks from Harvard Square. It's bottom level of a small shopping complex below Dolphin seafood.

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