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Oui, S'il Vous Plaît: Nine French Toasts to Try Right Now

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French toast is a breakfast classic in every sense of the word. Rich and eggy bread that gets crisped as it fries in a pan before bathing in syrup, it's as popular now as it ever was. Here are some Boston-area spots that are taking things a bit further with fun twists on a breakfast staple.
Katie Chudy


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1. East Coast Grill & Raw Bar

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1271 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 491-6568
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Cornbread Crusted French Toast: Known for their fiery cuisine, ECG has a cornbread-crusted French toast offering on the brunch menu. Topped with a seasonal jam, tropical fruit, cloumage, and, of course, maple syrup, this can’t be missed, nor can the make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

2. Aragosta Bar and Bistro

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3 Battery Wharf
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 994-9001
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Blueberry Muffin French Toast: Doused with a combo of maple syrup and blueberry sauce, this day-starter fuses two breakfast favorites, blueberry muffins and French toast, into one meal. Available during breakfast and weekend brunch. [Photo: Facebook]

3. Commonwealth

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11 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 945-7030
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Stuffed French Toast: There are a lot of Nutella French toasts out there, but this one sets itself apart by being stuffed with Nutella and banana — and then it’s topped with Nutella powder and whipped cream. It's served during the fun-to-say “Marky Mark and the Funky Brunch” on Sundays. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

4. North Street Grille

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229 North St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 720-2010
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Crudite French Toast: One of 17 (!) different types of French toast ranging from classic to a little more exotic, the crudite French toast is stuffed with brie and topped with walnuts, apples, and maple syrup, making a savory play on this traditionally sweet meal. [Photo: Official Site]

5. Mistral

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223 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 867-9300
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Challah French Toast: Encrusted in graham crackers and topped with poached pear and amaretto chantilly, this breakfast of champions pairs well with their Valhrona hot chocolate and house-made marshmallows. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

6. Tremont 647

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647 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 266-4600
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Golden Girls French Toast Sticks: If the name isn’t fun enough, this graham cracker-crusted French toast comes in convenient little strips, perfect for dunking into the vanilla mascarpone that accompanies it. [Photo: Facebook]

7. Gaslight Brasserie du Coin

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560 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 422-0224
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Vanilla French Toast: Smothered with an apple caramel sauce and syrup, the vanilla French toast is a brunch favorite at Gaslight. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

8. Estelle's

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782 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118
(857) 250-2999
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Stuffed French Toast: Advertised as being “Elvis style,” the French Toast at Estelle’s comes stuffed with peanut butter and banana, and it’s fried until crispy and served with a peach caramel and a fruit cup on the side. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

9. The Haven

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2 Perkins St
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 524-2836
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Toffee French Toast: Brioche French toast, toffee, blueberries, and maple whipped cream are together at last and available for the ordering off of The Haven's brunch menu. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

1. East Coast Grill & Raw Bar

1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Cornbread Crusted French Toast: Known for their fiery cuisine, ECG has a cornbread-crusted French toast offering on the brunch menu. Topped with a seasonal jam, tropical fruit, cloumage, and, of course, maple syrup, this can’t be missed, nor can the make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
1271 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

2. Aragosta Bar and Bistro

3 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA 02109
Blueberry Muffin French Toast: Doused with a combo of maple syrup and blueberry sauce, this day-starter fuses two breakfast favorites, blueberry muffins and French toast, into one meal. Available during breakfast and weekend brunch. [Photo: Facebook]
3 Battery Wharf
Boston, MA 02109

3. Commonwealth

11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, MA 02142
Stuffed French Toast: There are a lot of Nutella French toasts out there, but this one sets itself apart by being stuffed with Nutella and banana — and then it’s topped with Nutella powder and whipped cream. It's served during the fun-to-say “Marky Mark and the Funky Brunch” on Sundays. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]
11 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142

4. North Street Grille

229 North St, Boston, MA 02113
Crudite French Toast: One of 17 (!) different types of French toast ranging from classic to a little more exotic, the crudite French toast is stuffed with brie and topped with walnuts, apples, and maple syrup, making a savory play on this traditionally sweet meal. [Photo: Official Site]
229 North St
Boston, MA 02113

5. Mistral

223 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Challah French Toast: Encrusted in graham crackers and topped with poached pear and amaretto chantilly, this breakfast of champions pairs well with their Valhrona hot chocolate and house-made marshmallows. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
223 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116

6. Tremont 647

647 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118
Golden Girls French Toast Sticks: If the name isn’t fun enough, this graham cracker-crusted French toast comes in convenient little strips, perfect for dunking into the vanilla mascarpone that accompanies it. [Photo: Facebook]
647 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118

7. Gaslight Brasserie du Coin

560 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118
Vanilla French Toast: Smothered with an apple caramel sauce and syrup, the vanilla French toast is a brunch favorite at Gaslight. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
560 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118

8. Estelle's

782 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118
Stuffed French Toast: Advertised as being “Elvis style,” the French Toast at Estelle’s comes stuffed with peanut butter and banana, and it’s fried until crispy and served with a peach caramel and a fruit cup on the side. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
782 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118

9. The Haven

2 Perkins St, Boston, MA 02130
Toffee French Toast: Brioche French toast, toffee, blueberries, and maple whipped cream are together at last and available for the ordering off of The Haven's brunch menu. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
2 Perkins St
Boston, MA 02130

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