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“Italian sandwich place, good food, little atmosphere”
Review of Toast

Toast
Ranked #42 of 771 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Wine Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
533 reviews
366 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“Italian sandwich place, good food, little atmosphere”
Reviewed 27 August 2013

This small place in downtown Durham in an old building services a variety of Italian Sandwiches made fresh to order. The bread in the sandwiches are really good. The owner is extremely friendly and helpful. However the atmosphere is really really bland. Also the sandwiches don[t even come with a pickle or any sort of garnishment at all which is unusual. So great place for sandwiches, good downtown location, but atmosphere and presentation could stand some improvement.

  • Visited August 2013
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  • English first
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English first
durham, nc
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“reliably perfect”
Reviewed 18 June 2013

funny thing about durham - there are always lots of new and interesting restaurants, and yet if you ask townies what their favorite place to eat is, a surprising number of them (myself included) will say toast. it is not a fancy place, or an expensive one. the modest menu consists of about 20 variations on a theme - panini, sandwiches, bruschetta, crostini - and a couple of soups and a salad. they have a cooler full of beer and soda and a few wines and desserts. they have a dozen tables inside and a handful outside - the big news is that they now have umbrellas for their outside tables. it is just a nice little sandwich shop.

also, it's kind of perfect. everything there is consistently delicious, every single time. kelli is always delightful and cheerful when she takes your order, and the servers are always friendly. the atmosphere is happy and relaxed.

so yes, i go there regularly, and every time i do, i get one of the best meals i've had in a restaurant - just as good as the first time i went there years ago, and with any luck, just as good as the one i will get 10 years from now. in this very foodie little city, it is indeed my favorite restaurant.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank deedee_roberts
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Durham NC
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Best lunch place Downtown”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

Doesn't quite have the atmosphere to be a night place, but for daytime the food and the ambiance is excellent for business or for social or a lunch date.

Visited March 2013
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Thank GeorgeSmart
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Hickory, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Fresh and delicious sandwiches”
Reviewed 14 March 2013

When you're in Durham, seek out this wonderful sandwich shop. The bread is fresh and interesting, and the sandwiches are creative and delicious. It's a small place and packed at lunchtime, so try to visit before or after lunch.

Visited October 2012
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Thank Sue B
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Boston
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“YUM!”
Reviewed 24 February 2013

Yummy paninis and soup no too far from Duke. Fun funky vibe. Naxt to an awesome cupcake bakery for dessert.

Visited February 2013
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Thank Jagara
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