Thick, moist, creme brulee-flavored, syrup-laden or syrup-free, French Toast is that most indulgent of breakfasts, the perfect thing to cheer us up after a sloppy night out. Here's where to find some.
As far as breakfast items go, Kerbey Lane's pancakes are a true thing of beauty. But don't forget about their French Toast, which may be the most "classic" French Toast included on this list. Made with actual French bread and sprinkled daintily with cinnamon and sugar, Kerbey's version is simple, straightforward, and not terribly sweet.
The Crème Brulee French Toast at Chez Zee is a baked affair, making it more cake-like and firm then your typical French Toast. But oh, there's so much more to the process: First, challah is lovingly dipped and soaked in rich Crème Brulee custard, then baked, and THEN served with rum sauce. It'll leave you speechless. (But not hungry.)
Carrot. Cake. French. Toast. Perhaps I'm being hyperbolic, but I think this is among the most decadent turns I've seen among French Toast flavor varieties, and is certainly denser and more cake-like than traditional concoctions. It's also served with a cream cheese/maple dipping "sauce" (i.e. frosting, but more viscous). Wait, are you still reading this review? Please stop, and drive immediately to South Congress Cafe to order some.
For the more granola French Toast aficionado, Galaxy Cafe serves a whole grain variety, layered with bananas and strawberries -- almost like a double-decker fruit sandwich. The pleasing nooks and crannies of the toast itself, dusted liberally with powdered sugar, will weaken the resolve of even the staunchest Atkins dieter.
It's Austin Java's glorious brown sugar cinnamon butter that makes me covet their French Toast so. Remember the old, '80s era Cinnamon Toast Crunch commercials that depicted moist, thick slices of real French Toast? This proto-food porn looked like Austin Java's French Toast.
When people think of Mulberry, I think they mostly think of wine, but it's actually a walkable brunch spot for the downtown loft set, too. Hiding out on their brunch menu is this fabulous Brioche French Toast that I ate there once, smothered in strawberries and syrup with spicy undertones to it. I asked the waiter what it was, and he told me cardamom -- they "infuse" the syrup in-house.