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Salmon crostini at Formento's
Salmon crostini at Formento's
Ashley Hutchinson

20 Fancy Toasts to Try at Chicago Restaurants

Because toasted bread is the best thing since sliced bread

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Salmon crostini at Formento's
| Ashley Hutchinson

Try as you might to avoid it, but toast is showing up everywhere. Not that sad piece of burnt bread you had with breakfast, these are lovingly sliced artisan loaves adorned with ripe avocado, smoked salmon, rare cheeses, or seasonal spreads. Fancy toast is most certainly having a moment on menus around Chicago and here are 20 places to find the most stunning specimens.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
1462 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 288-1010
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The tartine at Matthias Merge's Hyde Park restaurant puts on its spring finest with whipped mascarpone, fava beans, fiddleheads, English peas, caramelized whey, and micro herbs.
Matthias Merges

2. Baker Miller

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4610 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Freshly baked bread is a given at this bakery as is plenty of toast options. Visit the toast bar or let the experts prepare it for you. Currently, the avocado toast comes with strawberries, pickled jicama, cilantro, and chili flakes.

3. Bar Marta

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2700 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-4489
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Dark corner bars are made for boozy cocktails and orders of chicken liver toast. One of the most beloved items on the menu sets itself apart thanks to a sprinkling of crispy chicken skin and chilies.

4. Beatrix

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519 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 284-1377
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At either Beatrix location, start the day with raspberry ricotta toast. The sweet and salty combo starts with housemade orange-blossom and honey ricotta spread that is topped with fresh raspberries mashed with agave and mint atop multi-grain bread.
Lettuce Entertain You

5. Bunny The Micro Bakery

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2928 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657
Perhaps the fanciest toast in town can be found at this intimate bakery. Try either the seaweed sourdough topped with marinated salmon poke, or the quickly-famous foie gras toast with jam on brioche.
Nick Murway

6. Café Integral

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19 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611
For a taste of South Beach in Chicago, look no further than the hip cafe inside the Freehand Hotel. Here Nicaraguan coffee is served alongside avocado, smoked whitefish, or jamon and queso toast.
Freehand Chicago

7. Dove's Luncheonette

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1545 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 645-4060
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Spring takes the shape of a new toast dish at this throwback cheffy Southern diner. Multi-grained bread gets smeared with avocado and topped with warm country ham, red onion, and kumquat.
Sandy Noto

8. Formento's

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925 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 690-7295
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Stop in for Sunday brunch and get treated to house-smoked salmon with scallion cream cheese and egg on a slice of locally made, seeded baguette.
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9. GreenRiver

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259 E Erie St Fl 18
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 337-0101
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The whitefish tartine that debuted on the opening menu has since become one of the bar’s most popular dishes. It’s a stunner with shaved celery, radish and egg on crusty toast.
Galdones Photography

10. Intro Chicago

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2300 N. Lincoln Park West
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 868-0002
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One of the standouts on current chef-in-residence Jessica Largey's menu is her take on composed toast, which features abalone, shiitake mushrooms, brown butter, and shiso.
Erika Kubik

11. Johnny's Grill

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2545 N Kedzie Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-2215
Go sweet or savory at Johnny's. Chef Sarah Jordan offers a cured salmon toast with pickled shallot, whipped crème fraiche, and radish as well as Nutella toast with sea salt and bananas on brioche.
Johnny's Grill

12. MAD Social

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1140 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 243-2097
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Toast or art? How about both? A base of sourdough bread is covered in house-cured salmon, charred scallion cream cheese, avocado, and poached egg.
Mad Social

13. Monteverde

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1020 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 888-3041
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Before diving into plates of housemade pasta, warm up your stomach with more carbs, in the form of toast slathered in prosciutto butter and topped with radishes, dill, and lemon.
Galdones Photography

14. Mott Street

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1401 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 687-9977
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A new brunch menu means another excuse to load up housemade ricotta, cherry preserves, basil, and mint on thick-sliced brioche.
Monica Kass

15. Nico Osteria

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1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 994-7100
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Making a strong case for the team savory toast is the version at Nico, also known as Brussels sprout bruschetta. Stracciatella cheese is the perfect base for roasted sprouts, lemon honey, and hazelnuts.
Nico Osteria

16. Publican Quality Meats

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825 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 496-0012
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Located next to Publican Quality Bread — supplier of some of the most superior loaves to restaurant around the city — stop into Publican Quality Meats for a prepared slice of semolina with avocado, scrambled egg, mojo rojo, and pepitas.
John Philip

17. The Bristol

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2152 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 862-5555
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End your day the chef Sean Pharr way with an egg and coppa tartine on the dinner menu. It is served with pickled shallot, pearl onions, and jalapeńos.
The Bristol

18. The Kitchen

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316 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 836-1300
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Toast as fancy as this deserves and equally eloquent name. The Northern Lights Smoked Salmon Toast is a hearty serving of scrambled eggs, sprouts, and creme fraiche on sliced bread.
Meghan Leigh Photography

19. The Winchester

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1001 N Winchester Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 698-8703
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A new chef means two new toasts at this lunch and dinner destination. The avocado toast gets a facelift with spiced hazelnut, red chili, and mint. While a cherry toast is topped with with Greek yogurt, almonds, and black pepper.

20. Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine

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5212 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
Of course you are putting soft Chèvre cheese on your toast with a few slices of avocado and hazelnuts at this Andersonville cheese shop. If you must opt for the non-dairy route, there are also honey and nut butter versions.
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1462 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615
Matthias Merges
The tartine at Matthias Merge's Hyde Park restaurant puts on its spring finest with whipped mascarpone, fava beans, fiddleheads, English peas, caramelized whey, and micro herbs.
1462 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615

2. Baker Miller

4610 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Freshly baked bread is a given at this bakery as is plenty of toast options. Visit the toast bar or let the experts prepare it for you. Currently, the avocado toast comes with strawberries, pickled jicama, cilantro, and chili flakes.
4610 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

3. Bar Marta

2700 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Dark corner bars are made for boozy cocktails and orders of chicken liver toast. One of the most beloved items on the menu sets itself apart thanks to a sprinkling of crispy chicken skin and chilies.
2700 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

4. Beatrix

519 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Lettuce Entertain You
At either Beatrix location, start the day with raspberry ricotta toast. The sweet and salty combo starts with housemade orange-blossom and honey ricotta spread that is topped with fresh raspberries mashed with agave and mint atop multi-grain bread.
519 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

5. Bunny The Micro Bakery

2928 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657
Nick Murway
Perhaps the fanciest toast in town can be found at this intimate bakery. Try either the seaweed sourdough topped with marinated salmon poke, or the quickly-famous foie gras toast with jam on brioche.
2928 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657

6. Café Integral

19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
Freehand Chicago
For a taste of South Beach in Chicago, look no further than the hip cafe inside the Freehand Hotel. Here Nicaraguan coffee is served alongside avocado, smoked whitefish, or jamon and queso toast.
19 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611

7. Dove's Luncheonette

1545 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Sandy Noto
Spring takes the shape of a new toast dish at this throwback cheffy Southern diner. Multi-grained bread gets smeared with avocado and topped with warm country ham, red onion, and kumquat.
1545 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

8. Formento's

925 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Ashley Hutchinson
Stop in for Sunday brunch and get treated to house-smoked salmon with scallion cream cheese and egg on a slice of locally made, seeded baguette.
925 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

9. GreenRiver

259 E Erie St Fl 18, Chicago, IL 60611
Galdones Photography
The whitefish tartine that debuted on the opening menu has since become one of the bar’s most popular dishes. It’s a stunner with shaved celery, radish and egg on crusty toast.
259 E Erie St Fl 18
Chicago, IL 60611

10. Intro Chicago

2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614
Erika Kubik
One of the standouts on current chef-in-residence Jessica Largey's menu is her take on composed toast, which features abalone, shiitake mushrooms, brown butter, and shiso.
2300 N. Lincoln Park West
Chicago, IL 60614

11. Johnny's Grill

2545 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647
Johnny's Grill
Go sweet or savory at Johnny's. Chef Sarah Jordan offers a cured salmon toast with pickled shallot, whipped crème fraiche, and radish as well as Nutella toast with sea salt and bananas on brioche.
2545 N Kedzie Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647

12. MAD Social

1140 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607
Mad Social
Toast or art? How about both? A base of sourdough bread is covered in house-cured salmon, charred scallion cream cheese, avocado, and poached egg.
1140 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60607

13. Monteverde

1020 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60607
Galdones Photography
Before diving into plates of housemade pasta, warm up your stomach with more carbs, in the form of toast slathered in prosciutto butter and topped with radishes, dill, and lemon.
1020 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60607

14. Mott Street

1401 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Monica Kass
A new brunch menu means another excuse to load up housemade ricotta, cherry preserves, basil, and mint on thick-sliced brioche.
1401 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

15. Nico Osteria

1015 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
Nico Osteria
Making a strong case for the team savory toast is the version at Nico, also known as Brussels sprout bruschetta. Stracciatella cheese is the perfect base for roasted sprouts, lemon honey, and hazelnuts.
1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

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16. Publican Quality Meats

825 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
John Philip
Located next to Publican Quality Bread — supplier of some of the most superior loaves to restaurant around the city — stop into Publican Quality Meats for a prepared slice of semolina with avocado, scrambled egg, mojo rojo, and pepitas.
825 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

17. The Bristol

2152 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
The Bristol
End your day the chef Sean Pharr way with an egg and coppa tartine on the dinner menu. It is served with pickled shallot, pearl onions, and jalapeńos.
2152 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

18. The Kitchen

316 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Meghan Leigh Photography
Toast as fancy as this deserves and equally eloquent name. The Northern Lights Smoked Salmon Toast is a hearty serving of scrambled eggs, sprouts, and creme fraiche on sliced bread.
316 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

19. The Winchester

1001 N Winchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
A new chef means two new toasts at this lunch and dinner destination. The avocado toast gets a facelift with spiced hazelnut, red chili, and mint. While a cherry toast is topped with with Greek yogurt, almonds, and black pepper.
1001 N Winchester Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

20. Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine

5212 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Pastoral
Of course you are putting soft Chèvre cheese on your toast with a few slices of avocado and hazelnuts at this Andersonville cheese shop. If you must opt for the non-dairy route, there are also honey and nut butter versions.
5212 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

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