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.Read More
20 Fancy Toasts to Try at Chicago Restaurants
Because toasted bread is the best thing since sliced bread
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.
2. Baker Miller
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
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.
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.
5. Bunny The Micro Bakery
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.
6. Café Integral
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.
7. Dove's Luncheonette
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.
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.
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.
10. Intro Chicago
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.
11. Johnny's Grill
Chicago, IL 60647
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.
12. 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.
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.
14. Mott Street
A new brunch menu means another excuse to load up housemade ricotta, cherry preserves, basil, and mint on thick-sliced brioche.
15. 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.
16. Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine
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.
17. Publican Quality Meats
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.
18. 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.
19. The Kitchen
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.
20. The Winchester
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.