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19 Top Toasts to Try in Austin

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Artisanal toast. Tartine. Open-faced sandwich. Hipster bruschetta. Whatever you call it, it’s really just a grilled or toasted slice of bread loaded with well-thought out accompaniments. And it’s showing up on menus across town from tea houses to bistros to bars.

Traditionally, Italy’s bruschetta features garnishes like tomatoes, cheese, cured meats, beans, or vegetables. Scandinavia’s version, the smørrebrød, uses hard-boiled eggs, liver pates, pickled herring, horseradish cream, or fresh shrimp. And in France, the time-honored tartine is made sweet and savory. Back home in Austin, those global influences are apparent with the best toasts and tartines in the city, from its French roots at Blue Dahlia Bistro to Japanese-inspired toast at Sa-Ten.

Despite the endless mix-and-match combinations, sometimes simple is best — enter: the ubiquitous avocado toast. Yes, it’s everywhere, which begs the question, "How can it be different?" But it can. And for the most part, there’s Seventh Flag Coffee’s on challah bread with feta, red pepper flakes, and pink Himalayan salt, or the version at Café No Sé with crème fraîche, upland cress, and aleppo carrots.

Toast: A perfect sandwich? Possibly. A delicious and harmonious way to showcase a satisfyingly hearty bread, peak-season produce, and fridge favorites? Definitely.

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Tea Haus

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The cozy West Anderson Lane spot’s signature not-too-sweet strawberry brick toast is drizzled with condensed milk and topped with fresh strawberries.

The strawberry brick toast at Tea Haus
The strawberry brick toast at Tea Haus
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Civil Goat Coffee Co.

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The coffee shop near Bee Cave layers up seasonal toasts, like the recent peach one. For more variety, opt for the toast trio. Plus, you know, the mascot goat Butters is often on the premises.

Civil Goat’s toasts
Civil Goat’s toasts
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The Peached Tortilla

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Eric Silverstein based Peached’s Mom’s Toast, on, well, the snack his mother used to make him: slices of bread slathered with chopped shrimp, ground pork, and gochujang chili sauce.

The Mom’s Toast at Peached Tortilla
The Mom’s Toast at Peached Tortilla
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Epicerie

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The French-Louisiana cafe and grocery has an Instagram-ready cured salmon toast.

Epicerie’s cured salmon toast
Epicerie’s cured salmon toast
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The paleo-friendly restaurant’s avocado toast comes on top of a slice of sourdough bread, plus hemp seeds, chile flakes, microgreens, plus optional poached eggs and/or bacon. The South Lamar trailer also features egg salad toasts.

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Josephine House

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It’s toast with a side of Southern charm at this stylish Clarksville cottage. The breakfast menu features an avocado toast on sourdough topped with a fried egg, lime zest, and hot sauce to bump up the heat. And on the lunch menu, there’s the broiler brie tartine with ham and optional egg.

Josephine House’s avocado toast
Josephine House’s avocado toast
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Sour Duck Market

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Of course Bryce Gilmore’s all-day restaurant features a toast, which is topped with crab, avocado, watermelon rinds, pea shoots, and, for a spicy kick, jalapenos.

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Toast from Sour Duck Market
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Nate's Baked Goods & Coffee

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The Clarksville-adjacent bakery’s toasts, made with its Di Lux Super Buns, can be layered with honey butter, smoked pimento, or avocado with apple slices and pumpkin seeds.

Nate’s Baked Goods & Coffee
Nate’s Baked Goods & Coffee
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Irene's

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With sweet and savory toasts vying for your attention at Irene’s waving headlining toppings like Nutella and bacon, you might be inclined to overlook the avocado toast — but don’t. This is one of the standouts in town. Ask for the egg.

A sweet toast at Irene’s
A sweet toast at Irene’s
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Blue Dahlia Bistro

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Perhaps not surprisingly, this French-inspired bistro offers up ten tartines, from tuna and egg salads to ham and gruyère, and another with brie, walnuts and apricot jam, among others.

A tartine from Blue Dahlia
A tartine from Blue Dahlia
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Paperboy

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Both locations of the breakfast-focused food truck have been receiving accolades for its toasts for good reason. The sweet offering comes with mascarpone and cinnamon sugar crumble.

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Forthright

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This downtown cafe keeps its avocado toast simple with a sprinkle of pepitas over smashed avocado on thick-cut toast. Then there’s the mushroom offering with creme fraiche and chives. Both come with the optional poached egg and can be made with gluten-free bread, and

Forthright’s avocado toast
Forthright’s avocado toast
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Sa-Tén Coffee and Eats

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Several Japanese-inspired toasts anchor the food menu at both locations of the cafe. Among the list, you can opt for a little heat with a sriracha mayo smoked salmon toast, or keep it sweet and simple with a honey butter option.

The smoked salmon toast at Sa-Ten
The smoked salmon toast at Sa-Ten
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Juice Society

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The juice shop’s brick-and-mortar packs its avocado toasts with superfoods and greens, with gluten-free options too.

Juice Society’s avocado toast
Juice Society’s avocado toast
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Seventh Flag Coffee

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Satisfy that sweet tooth with the coffee shop’s cinnamon toast on freshly baked challah bread (homemade apple-cinnamon butter for the win) or a ricotta and jam toast. The cafe’s riff on avocado toast incorporates freshly-made challah bread as well, with European salted butter, a whole avocado, feta cheese crumbles, red pepper flakes, pink Himalayan salt, rainbow peppercorn, black sesame seeds, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Seventh Flag’s avocado toast
Seventh Flag’s avocado toast
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The South Lamer coffee shop’s daytime-only avocado toast is leveled up with a poached egg, sprinkled with sprouts, and slathered with jalapeno salsa.

Patika’s avocado toast
Patika’s avocado toast
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Cafe No Sé

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The South Congress Hotel's photogenic cafe is dishing up a gravlax tartine topped with dill, cucumber, a hard boiled egg, pickled onion, and capers. Its take on avocado toast includes a soft boiled egg, crème fraîche, upland cress, and aleppo carrots.

Cafe No Se’s avocado toast
Cafe No Se’s avocado toast
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Full English Cafe

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Sure it might not be picture-perfect, but this family-run British cafe’s Heinz baked beans on toast is the real deal. And it only costs $3.

Skull & Cakebones

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For vegan toasts, head to Skull & Cakebones, where various toppings range from avocado to chickpeas to peanut butter and banana, with gluten-free bread options too.

Skull & Cakebones’ falafel toast
Skull & Cakebones’ falafel toast
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Tea Haus

The strawberry brick toast at Tea Haus
The strawberry brick toast at Tea Haus
Austin C./Yelp

The cozy West Anderson Lane spot’s signature not-too-sweet strawberry brick toast is drizzled with condensed milk and topped with fresh strawberries.

The strawberry brick toast at Tea Haus
The strawberry brick toast at Tea Haus
Austin C./Yelp

Civil Goat Coffee Co.

Civil Goat’s toasts
Civil Goat’s toasts
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The coffee shop near Bee Cave layers up seasonal toasts, like the recent peach one. For more variety, opt for the toast trio. Plus, you know, the mascot goat Butters is often on the premises.

Civil Goat’s toasts
Civil Goat’s toasts
Civil Goat/Facebook

The Peached Tortilla

The Mom’s Toast at Peached Tortilla
The Mom’s Toast at Peached Tortilla
Peached Tortilla/Facebook

Eric Silverstein based Peached’s Mom’s Toast, on, well, the snack his mother used to make him: slices of bread slathered with chopped shrimp, ground pork, and gochujang chili sauce.

The Mom’s Toast at Peached Tortilla
The Mom’s Toast at Peached Tortilla
Peached Tortilla/Facebook

Epicerie

Epicerie’s cured salmon toast
Epicerie’s cured salmon toast
Annie Ray Photography

The French-Louisiana cafe and grocery has an Instagram-ready cured salmon toast.

Epicerie’s cured salmon toast
Epicerie’s cured salmon toast
Annie Ray Photography

Picnik

The paleo-friendly restaurant’s avocado toast comes on top of a slice of sourdough bread, plus hemp seeds, chile flakes, microgreens, plus optional poached eggs and/or bacon. The South Lamar trailer also features egg salad toasts.

A post shared by Picnik Austin (@picnikaustin) on

Josephine House

Josephine House’s avocado toast
Josephine House’s avocado toast
Jennifer M./Yelp

It’s toast with a side of Southern charm at this stylish Clarksville cottage. The breakfast menu features an avocado toast on sourdough topped with a fried egg, lime zest, and hot sauce to bump up the heat. And on the lunch menu, there’s the broiler brie tartine with ham and optional egg.

Josephine House’s avocado toast
Josephine House’s avocado toast
Jennifer M./Yelp

Sour Duck Market

A dish from Sour Duck Market
Toast from Sour Duck Market
Sour Duck Market/Facebook

Of course Bryce Gilmore’s all-day restaurant features a toast, which is topped with crab, avocado, watermelon rinds, pea shoots, and, for a spicy kick, jalapenos.

A dish from Sour Duck Market
Toast from Sour Duck Market
Sour Duck Market/Facebook

Nate's Baked Goods & Coffee

Nate’s Baked Goods & Coffee
Nate’s Baked Goods & Coffee
Nate’s Baked Goods & Coffee [Official]

The Clarksville-adjacent bakery’s toasts, made with its Di Lux Super Buns, can be layered with honey butter, smoked pimento, or avocado with apple slices and pumpkin seeds.

Nate’s Baked Goods & Coffee
Nate’s Baked Goods & Coffee
Nate’s Baked Goods & Coffee [Official]

Irene's

A sweet toast at Irene’s
A sweet toast at Irene’s
Shayda T./Yelp

With sweet and savory toasts vying for your attention at Irene’s waving headlining toppings like Nutella and bacon, you might be inclined to overlook the avocado toast — but don’t. This is one of the standouts in town. Ask for the egg.

A sweet toast at Irene’s
A sweet toast at Irene’s
Shayda T./Yelp

Blue Dahlia Bistro

A tartine from Blue Dahlia
A tartine from Blue Dahlia
Blue Dahlia/Facebook

Perhaps not surprisingly, this French-inspired bistro offers up ten tartines, from tuna and egg salads to ham and gruyère, and another with brie, walnuts and apricot jam, among others.

A tartine from Blue Dahlia
A tartine from Blue Dahlia
Blue Dahlia/Facebook

Paperboy

Both locations of the breakfast-focused food truck have been receiving accolades for its toasts for good reason. The sweet offering comes with mascarpone and cinnamon sugar crumble.

A post shared by Paperboy (@paperboyaustin) on

Forthright

Forthright’s avocado toast
Forthright’s avocado toast
Forthright/Facebook

This downtown cafe keeps its avocado toast simple with a sprinkle of pepitas over smashed avocado on thick-cut toast. Then there’s the mushroom offering with creme fraiche and chives. Both come with the optional poached egg and can be made with gluten-free bread, and