Toast Restaurant on Church Street in Noe Valley is now open in the old Hungry Joe's space across from the former Mikey Tom Market. I believe the cross street is Day Street. We saw it was open and nearly full as we were picking up our Friday night easy dinner from Deep Sushi. We decided to return the next day which was presumably their first weekend service. They were completely mobbed and very overwhelmed. Our take out order was supposed to take 30 minutes, but we ended up waiting another 30 minutes after that. I'm sure they're still working out the kinks, but they're going to do just fine and I'm sure folks in the 'hood are happy to have yet another new place to eat. Food was decent, but has the promise of being really good once they have their act sorted out. For example, they pretty much forgot to toast the toast (ironic, no?) and the fries were pretty limp. It's open daily until 9pm every day except Sunday, when they close at 4pm.
They have a variety of scramblers, omelettes, breakfast specials likechicken fried steak and corned beef hash. They also have deli and grilled sandwiches. They also have a kid's menu with mac and cheese, PBJ, etc.
We tried the reuben sandwich, which was tasty, but not very grilled as it had stated on the menu. The meat was nice and full of flavor, though. Good ratio of dressing, saurkraut and cheese. We also tried Hash Brown Hill, which is kind of like the spuds o rama from the old Spaghetti Western on Haight or Boogaloo's. It's a round pan fried cake of hashed browns topped with plenty of melty cheddar cheese, sour cream, scallions, and olives. This one was delicious with crispy potatoes and tons of scallions. Also had a grilled cheese on sourdough. It was supposed to have cheddar cheese AND pepper jack, but I didn't detect any pepper jack which would have been nice. This was actually more grilled and pretty good -but when is grilled cheese really ever bad?! Fries on both sandwiches were fairly soggy. We also had a "delox" egg white omelette served with hash browns. Big omelette with plenty of smoked salmon, capers, cream cheese, and tomatoes. This was actually quite good. I love places that have hash browns (vs. home fries or skillet potatoes.) These were o.k., but needed to be crispier for my taste. I think they were just so crowded and new that things didn't stay in the oven/fryer/griddle long enough and their ovens may not be on full blast! However, it has good bones and I will definitely return.
Oh, we also tried a cup of their chili. Nice blend of kidney beans and ground beef and well-spiced. Topped with a good amount of melty cheddar and scallions. That was also a winner. They served it with a small hunk of sourdough baguette. It had a good flavor and chewy crust.
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