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Toast (formerly Delia's) in Ferndale, Mich.

jada | Mar 12, 200202:41 PM

Just curious what people think of Toast in Ferndale, Mich. I went last weekend for the first time since it ceased to be Delia's, and while I would go back to the place, I wasn't as impressed as I wanted to be.

For those who hadn't been, Delia's was a great little place for breakfast, if a bit on the smoky side for those of us who prefer to eat without cigarette smoke as a condiment. But even the smoke added to the character of the place, which always struck me as a great combination of a morning-after spot for clubbers and a good old-fashioned neighborhood diner that served really solid food. Toast is nothing like that. Painted bright red and decorated with mod fixtures, it's very much on the yuppie/trendy side of spectrum. In terms of atmosphere, think Toast in Chicago (no relation, according to the waitress) or Cafe Zola in Ann Arbor, and you'll get my point.

Anyway, to cut to the point: The menu seemed a little flat. My omelet (artichokes, mushrooms, onions with a spinach pesto) was tasty, but my boyfriend's (Portobello mushroom) was downright boring and featured few mushrooms. The hashbrowns looked perfect, but the brown bits were tough and chewy instead of crispy. And perhaps what bugged me the most about the place was that it's named Toast, but they only serve white, whole wheat and rye toast (not even cinnamon raisin?). We asked for challah toast since they sell challah French toast, but they explained that they couldn't do that because it'd already been dipped in the batter. It just all sort of smacked of a lack of creativity.

I don't want to be too hard on it, though. Detroit needs better breakfast places (I think I've been spoiled by more breakfast-oriented cities). It has potential, but it just sort of disappointed.

Anyone else tried this place?

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