Gastropub is a silly, made up word that raises the hackles on the back of my co-bloggers neck. Toast is self billed as a “New American Gastropub”, a phrase I could waste a whole paragraph torching if Toast wasn’t so damn great. What they really are is upscale pub food with a twist. Think polenta corn dogs and shrimp & crab nachos, with wine on tap and a deep bourbon list.
Nestled along the strip of the Village Shopping Center, Toast resides where City Limits used be. The exterior is unassuming, easy to miss even. The interior though is a well put together mix of look and feel. Dark, but not a cave and modern, but not cold.
The service was prompt and friendly. The food took a little longer to arrive than would facilitate a “quick” lunch, but it turned out to be worth it. Ethan picked out the pork pie with a side of chicken and chorizo soup. The pie is ground beef, pork, potatoes and spices stuffed inside a flaky crust. The blend of spices worked perfectly and he labeled it “delicious”. I had the meatloaf sandwich with a side of sweet potato tater tots. On a previous visit I had already enjoyed the meatloaf as a dinner entree, but the sandwich was even better. Seared on both sides and placed on perfectly crusty, but not dry bread. The tots on the side were a real treat as well, crispy on the outside and cooked perfectly on the inside.
Toast gets all our thumbs up. It works well as a lunch spot if you have the time or work close by. It is a fantastic dinner/date spot too though. Lots of drinks to drink and great food to be had.