Toast Cafe

Written by Ellen Gurley

Toast Café 

Photos & words: Ellen Gurley

I’m a bit of a brunch hound.  Maybe it’s because I drop my kids off at their dads on Sundays, maybe it’s because its acceptable to have drinks that early (on Sundays), and maybe it’s because eggs benedicts are one of the greatest creations in history.  These extremely important motivations brought me to Toast Café in Dilworth, by way of word-of-mouth suggestion.  Yes, I have my favourite brunch spot in the same neighbourhood, that I won’t mention, in the 300 block of East Boulevard, but we can’t eat at the same place every Sunday.  I branched out and I’m glad that I did.  I’ll keep my one true love but this place is like the best side thing out there.

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Toast Café’ began as one location in Huntersville and quickly expanded to  Davidson, Ballantyne and Dilworth.  Shortly there after, owners and best friends, Brian Burchill and Robert Maynard, opened Toast Café to franchising.  That chance was snatched up by people in Tega Cay, Cary and Mooresville.  Toast can now boast six locations.  Whether you’re looking for a career option or the perfect eggs, this is a tasty opportunity for you.

I was delighted upon my arrival to discover that not only did they have a classic eggs benedict, but they had several twists on the original.  Unable to decide upon one, my colleague and I opted for the Fresh Main Lobster Benedict, the Avocado Benedict AND the Country Benedict.  Ask me which one was my favourite?  No, don’t.  I really couldn’t decide.  While the split avocado Benedict was “like butter”, the lobster one was special like your first wedding and the country version took me back to a place which I can no longer visit (mammy’s kitchen).  I have given thanks for these dishes daily since I had them. 

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As if my confusion was enough with the attempt at choosing a favourite Benedict at Toast Café, out came the Stuffed French Toast and Flavored Flapjacks.  The fluffy Raspberry Walnut pancakes were so lovely I didn’t think I could try the French toast … but it was calling to me … with it’s raspberry, blueberry, peanut butter, banana and cream cheese … all oozing out.  I’d have to say that I loved them both equally but nothing can take the place of my favourite part of the meal; the Pig Candy Bacon.  I would easily spend upwards of thirty dollars a pound of this stuff to send people around Christmas or Valentine’s Day.  It’s the best thing to have touched my lips in years.  I can still taste the cayenne, brown sugar and maple syrup (but that‘s because I took some to go.) 

I recommend this place with both hands and invite you to try their housemade margaritas, bloody marys, bellinis and the wonderful cocktail list of coffee, liquor drinks.  It is brunch afterall.  I have made the Dilworth one my favourite location, but you can get toasted at five other spots, too. And for information on franchising, see the website.  Enjoy.

2400 Park Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28203

134 Mooresville Commons Way
Mooresville, NC 28117

Tega Cay
2429 Highway 160 West
Tega Cay, SC 29708

445 South Main Street, #440
Davidson, NC 28036

8430 Rea Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28227

316 Colondes Way, #210-C
Cary, NC 27518


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