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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner


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Panini- hot grilled sandwiches on rustic italian bread - $8.50 Add a cup of homemade soup or a small green salad $10.50.
Tuscan Kale
Ricotta salata, sweet and hot pickled peppers.
Sweet italian sausage, roasted garlic, asiago fresca.
Fontina, arugula, mustard.
Three Cheese
Grana padano, asiago fresca, pecorino, truffle oil.
Mozzarella, roasted tomato.
Spicy Tuna
Olivada, fennel, leMon.
Provolone, pickled red onion, aioli.
Local Farm Egg
Taleggio, chives.
Fontina, arugula, roasted tomato.
Grilled Chicken
Roasted peppers, mozzarella, salsa verde.
Tramezzini- cold sandwiches on crustless white pullman bread - $8.50 Add a cup of homemade soup or a green salad $10.50 All tramezzini contain aioli, which is made with raw egg yolks. Consuming raw or undercooked eggs, meat, or seafood increases your risk of food borne illness.
Arugula, oven roasted tomato.
Shrimp and Sunchoke Salad, Watercress
Egg Salad, Capers, Chives
Cured Salmon*
Watercress, pickled red onion, lemon aioli.
Chicken Salad*
Roasted garlic aioli.
Crostini- small toasted bread, topped, enjoyed in two or three bites - $2.75. Choose three & a cup of homemade soup or a small green salad $10.50
Warm Goat Cheese
Local honey, cracked black pepper.
Chicken Liver
Pancetta, pickled fennel.
Herb Pesto
Mozzarella, roasted tomato.
Garlicky Mushrooms
Thyme, gorgonzola.
Sicilian Caponata
Goat cheese, pine nuts.
Lemon, grana padano.
Roasted Beets
Orange, mint, robiola.
Merguez Sausage
Chickpea-tomato puree, herbs.
Cup of Homemade Soup
Small $5.0
Large $8.0
Green Salad of Lettuces, Herbs, House Red Wine Vinaigrette, Grana Padano
With Protein $12.0
Cup of Homemade Soup with a Small Green Salad
With Protein $14.0
Cup of Homemade Soup with a Large Green Salad
Large Green Salad with Chicken
Large Green Salad with Chicken Salad
Large Green Salad with Shrimp Salad
Large Green Salad with Egg Salad
Large Green Salad with Spicy Tuna & Olivada Salad
Lots of great microbrews & many family estate italian wines.
San Benedetto Sparkling Water
Boylan Sodas
Sprecher Sodas
Counter Culture Coffee
Iced Tea
Hot Tea
Assorted Juices
Our tangy house dressing, award-winning soups and prepared salads are now available for purchase in larger forms.
Toast Vinaigrette
Soup by the Quart
Soup by the Pint
Pint $8.0
Quart $14.0
Egg Salad with Capers and Chives
Pint $8.0
Quart $14.0
Chicken Salad, Roasted Garlic Aioli
Pint $12.0
Quart $22.0
Nc Shrimp + Sunchoke Salad
Pint $10.0
Quart $18.0
Spicy Tuna + Olivada Salad
Add our crostini platters to your next event, business get together, or party!.
Crostini Platters
Are available with the toppings of your choosing, and in the quantity that you require, from 50-500.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing , freshly prepared panini and home made soup , friendly staff and reasonable prices in a local warm atmosphere

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Gary L
Reviewed 31 December 2018

This is such a cute place for lunch. I came here and was blown away by the tasty salad and the panini. They were very complimentary and the salad was so refreshing. Normally I don't get salads because I think they're boring, but this was...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank kjerstinjl
Reviewed 13 December 2018

Walked over to grab some lunch to take back to the office. Had the prosciutto, mozzarella and roasted tomato panini with a salad. Delicious!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Z8554KFlisah
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Have been visiting Toast for lunch regularly for the past ten years. The space is small and the lines often long, but well worth the wait. Their house salad dressing is really good and the crostini make it fun. If you make it there on...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Nancy H
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for a business lunch around 12:10pm on a Tuesday. Brief (5-7 minute) wait in line until I was greeted by an incredibly friendly cashier. Counter service and they bring your meal to the table. Huge variety of paninis, sandwiches, and crostinis to choose...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank jwjohnst342
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

I stopped at Toast after seeing an article about best lunch places in Durham and then passing them on my way out of town. They had just opened and the woman at the counter was super friendly. I got the rusconi panini, I think, it...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank crstreet
Reviewed 24 August 2018

If you are looking for a casual lunch and have tried a panini before, then you must visit Toast. Not only they offer a diverse list of paninis but tasty soups that are a perfect combination for a simple, but pretty tasty, lunch. One of...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Andres V
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

No one here, tables with dirty dishes, beverages in bottles or cans.counter cluttered with so much there is no way it is clean.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Linda B
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

This was a MOST amazing meal! Super delicious crostini - you choose 3 plus soup or salad for $10! Had 2 of the soup specials plus the crostinis aren’t 3 - there is 2 of each! Absolutely delicious! Paired with a house recommended white wine....More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank bethk996
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

I enjoyed another great lunch at Toast. If you love soup and authentic Italian sandwiches this is the place. I loved the cold cucumber soup. My portobello, fontina cheese, arugula and fresh tomato sandwich on toasted sour dough bread was gourmet delicious. It’s been ten...More

Date of visit: July 2018
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