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Sep 11, 2006 06:28 PM

Has anyone tried the French toast at Bay Bread? Only in Marin?

Stopped by the new Bay Bread in Marin and they have French toast in the morning and someone was going on and on about how wonderful it was. Is it?

Do any of the other Bay Bread cafes offer it?

I can't find the recent postings on the Strawberry Village Bay Bread, but it is really nice with some nice sunny sidewalk tables. It would seem like a nice place to get breakfast some morning and I'm wondering if the French toast is worth the calories.

This Bay Bread reminds me a little of the now closed shop off of Chestnut Street. It is a little warmer in terms of atmosphere. They have the counter with the jars of jams, nutella and condiments like cornichons and shell beans.

I was a little concerned about a mention on the board that they might not have my favorite quiche lorraine, but it was there with about a half a dozen other varieties of quiche like items (i forget the exact name).

Prices seem good. A cup of soup is $3. There's a combo with a 1/2 of one of the nine tartines with a cup of soup or side of greens for $7. The little rustic salads with bread are $3 or a trio for $6. The most expensive dish on the menu is a smoked trout salad for $10. French toast or frittata are $6.

Strawberry Village seems like it is getting to be a worthwhile place to stop these days food-wise. Spanish Table is doing nicely. They finally have the meats and cheese. The store is smaller than Berkeley, but it seems fresher. There was a discussion of baby eel, elvers, on the General board and it was interesting to see glass jars of the little critters next to the sardines.

But I digress ... french toast opinions?

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  1. I tried it once and thought it was pretty good, but overpriced. If I recall correctly, it was served with a grapefruit compote, which balanced out the sweetness of the maple syrup. I think the fruit compote varies with the season. As far as I know, all the Bay Bread locations have the French toast.

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    1. re: Anya L

      Thanks. I won't make it a high priority, just nice if I happen to be there at the right time.

    2. Actually, I just had it for the first time yesterday at Cafe du Soleil, the Bay Bread outpost in the Lower Haight. It was $6 and was topped/surrounded by berries (not grapefruit compote) and syrup. I enjoyed it - it reminded more of bread pudding than french toast and I mean that in a good way - I'll definitely get it again.

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      1. re: larochelle

        Yes, it definitely has a bread pudding quality to it - very soft.

      2. Here are the two earlier threads -

        I had a hard time getting the search engine to cough them up too.

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Thanks. For some reason I thought there was more about this than mostly opening anticipation. I couldn't remember when the posts were and didn't feel like paging back day by day.

          Didn't see any canneles, but I wasn't looking too hard. I was focused on my quiche lorraine. They did have a tray of macrons ... in the refrigerated case. Just ate too much yesterday to try or even want to buy anything.

          Well, closer but there's still a bridge fee. Time for them to open up an East Bay shop and not just sell at Temescal on Sunday. Nice parking though. Sort takes away the excitment of beating the meter police though.

        2. They serve French toast at (Bay Bread cafe) Rigolo on California: "Delicious, oven-baked, with fruit compote." I don't think of French toast as oven baked, but I guess I'd try it.