Wednesday, June 10, 2015

880 South: Oakland, TOAST Kitchen + Bar


TOAST Kitchen + Bar  5900 College Ave./Chabot Rd., Rockridge, (510) 658-5900.  L Tu-F, Sat-Sun Br, D daily; $$.  Diners at lunch here have a choice of sitting in the spacious bar—with thick wood-slab tables and concrete floors—or on nice days, outside on a roomy front patio.  
lunch in bar at TOAST Kitchen + Bar in Oakland, California
For dinner, an adjacent room opens its sliding barn door to an additional expansive space filled with comfy booths.  The small menu changes regularly, and features items to share--such as a popular white-bean spread and lamb meatballs—as well as traditional entrĂ©e portions.  According to my waiter, far and away the most popular item is the soup and sandwich.  It is more popular even than coffee or bread.  This day it was a bright-green spring pea soup swirled beautifully with a red-beet puree plus a scrumptious grilled-Swiss-and-goat-cheese sandwich enhanced with a strawberry-pepper balsamic jam.  I so want to eat this again.  My dining companions both ordered this as well.
pea soup and grilled cheese at TOAST Kitchen + Bar in Oakland, California

Ironically (because of the restaurant’s name), I’ve heard the kitchen criticized for making lousy toast, but the toast in this sandwich it was the best.  I’ve heard in the past about a sweet potato-plantain soup drizzled with creme fraiche and topped with caramelized diced plantains and wouldn’t mind trying that, too.  The burger and kale salad also look great and are at the top of my to-try list.  How charming that sugary snickerdoodle-like cookies arrived with the check.  
cookies and check at TOAST Kitchen + Bar in Oakland, California
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