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Mar 25, 2014 11:48 AM

Boston's Best Toast?

I just read an article about some exceptional toast in San Francisco and wondered if there is anything close in Boston. I'm happy to make my own and I suspect that's the best way to go since it's so much cheaper and you get it hot, but I thought it was worth throwing out there. To be clear, I'm not talking about French toast, just regular old toast.

Here's the article: http://www.bonappetit.com/restaurants...

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  1. If you want to pay $10+ for a basket of toast, Hi Rise in Cambridge will accommodate you.

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    1. re: black_lab

      I see they also have two slices for $4. Maybe I'll give it a try some day.

    2. It's harder than I imagined to find a truly good toaster (even, crunchy golden brown not dried out, etc.) -
      That said, I I think some the finest toast we make is using When Pigs Fly New York Rye or the dense standard white bread they sell at the Asian bakery in Lexington Center (this is ideal for cutting into soldiers for dipping into soft boiled fresh eggs from Pete and Jen's Backyard Birds with a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt - what a treat!)

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      1. re: rlh

        I haven't found a good toaster yet that didn't toast un-evenly, which saddens me. When I make home made bread, it tends to run on the denser side (in a good way, it's no brick, and I get good bubble) and toasts very well. I've found home made bread browns quicker ....I wonder what they are putting in commercial breads that retards browning.

        1. re: devilham

          I read somewhere that the more sugar in bread, the faster it browns. Maybe that explains it?

        2. re: rlh

          I should have included a request for toaster and bread recommendations in my post. Thank you for giving them! My parents have a Breville toaster that cost a ridiculous amount of money but does make a damn fine piece of toast. I think this is it: http://www.brevilleusa.com/smart-toas...

          Any other recommendations would be appreciated.

          1. re: wandergirl

            That is indeed one slick toaster - and it should be at that price - wonder if the exterior is "cool touch" so as not to burn curious felines circling it? I hope to see it in action at some point.

            1. re: rlh

              I asked my father about the exterior and he said it gets warm but not hot. I don't think the link I gave is the actual toaster they have. They got theirs at Crate and Barrel for about $130 I believe.

              I thought they were insane when they told me what they were spending on a toaster. But then I used it. Now I covet it. I'm considering splurging and getting myself one. (It even has a really well designed plug if you can believe it. It's just a pleasure to use all around.)

            2. re: wandergirl

              I received a Breville Mini Smart Oven for a holiday gift and I can tell you its a great toaster and a helluva toaster oven, so much so that as I am single, I haven't once turned on my regular oven since arrived.


            3. re: rlh

              soldiers? gee, i must have missed that one when i was a kid. One of my first babysitters made us Butterfly sandwiches which thrilled us, but i've not heard of these soldiers....

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                It's very much a British sort of thing. Cutting buttered toast into little strips that are the right size for dipping into an egg in an egg-cup. Preferably with Vegemite!

                1. re: Boston_Otter

                  I expect that would be Marmite. Vegemite is beloved in Australia.


                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    Very true. I just got back from Australia so it was top of mind. BTW, for Marmite lovers, if you can get your hands on either the Guinness Marmite or Marmite XO varieties, they're pretty terrific.

                    1. re: Boston_Otter

                      otter, don't worry, your marmite stash is safe with me. If I had a natto stash i'd happily give that to you as well :-}

            4. Clear Flour Pain de Mie plus toaster = the best toast I've had, and continue to have!

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              1. re: kimfair1

                I bet that would make fantastic toast. It's been too long since I've been to Clear Flour. This is a perfect excuse, thank you.

              2. April 1st is still a few days away right...?

                1. The highlight of any late night breakfast at the New Yorker is the plate of scali toast.

                  That said, the $50 Dualit we got at the Williams-Sonoma outlet in Wrentham serves my need for toast quite nicely.

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                  1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                    I was so sorry to hear that the W-S outlet in Wrentham closed but I'm glad to hear a good review of the Dualit (sounds like you got a bargain too).