Living in a growing (ha) city like Denver, Colorado I thought I’d been up to date on my foodie trends. My friend's friend started a sushi food truck last summer and I’ve been all up in that business.
But then I took a trip to the Midwest this July to see some college buddies and everything changed.
“Let’s go to the Toast Bar,” my college buddy Sami said as we rolled out for a morning on the town.
“The what?” I asked.
The idea that toast could blow my mind sounded ridiculous, childish even. I liked the idea that it was a "bar" of sorts. But what could be so thrilling about a piece of bread?
Tucked into the art district of downtown Minneapolis, MN was a build-your-own-toast buffet. Included were three different homemade jams, four flavors of nut butters (step aside peanut, there are some new nuts in town), an Egyptian honey, and more cheeses than I could have ever hoped for.
“You mean I get to put whatever I want on there?” I asked the lady behind the counter while eyeing the tubs of butter.
Nothing against pancakes, but who knew toast could be so great am I right?
Since my stay at Canteen I have been on the hunt for the best toast bars in town. They've been trending in the Midwest and beyond. But I have yet to find something as great as that first time. I literally haven't stopped thinking about toast since that fateful day in July. It's kind of a problem, actually.
Like any first time, it’s shrouded in mystery and nostalgia.
Plenty of my favorite brunch restaurants in Denver, City O’ City, Snooze, and Jelly, offer French toasts, pancakes, and build-your-own omelets. But I have yet to discover the illusive Toast Bar.
But I shan’t give up. I will march on in my pursuit for the perfect toast experience. I will walk boldly into the unknown on my never-ending hunt for golden and buttery perfection.
For where would that Brave Little Toaster be if he didn’t take a leap of faith off that trash compactor to save Blanky?