Thanksgiving and Hanukkah aren’t the only food-centric holidays that fall on Thursday.
National French Toast Day, an annual holiday celebrating bread dipped in egg mix and seared to toasty perfection, falls on November 28 each year. (Who knew?)
Since National French Toast Day falls on Thanksgiving — when most of us will be busy stuffing ourselves with turkey and pumpkin pie — I suggest we observe the food holiday this weekend. And next weekend. And maybe the weekend after that.
Here are nine restaurants in Kansas City that do French toast right. Have another suggestion? Email us at email@example.com or tweet@chowtownkc
The Roost in Lawrence
Fat slices of French bread in brandy-spiked custard. Possibly the best French toast I’ve ever had. $2.50 for a single portion, $5 for a double, or $9 for The Rooster, which comes with French toast, two eggs and smoked bacon or sausage links.
Coal Vines on the Country Club Plaza
Coated in crushed Cap’n Crunch breakfast cereal and topped with cinnamon-flecked whipped cream, this French toast ($9) will take you back to your Saturday morning cartoon days. As featured inJenee Osterheldt’s recent brunch guide to KC.
Eggtc. in Kansas City and Shawnee
Our Twitter friend Brent Wittrock(@eatdrinklocalkc)
recommends the wheat French toast at Eggtc., which also makes raisin bread and sourdough versions (The sourdough is the bestseller, but Brent says ordering the wheat “takes a little guilt out of it.”). A stack of three costs $4.69.
Cafe Des Amis in Parkville
This “Pain perdue,” ($8.50) is authentic French toast plated beautifully with fresh fruit, candied almonds and a drizzle of pure honey.
Cozy’s Cafe in Overland Park
Thick slices of Texas toast dipped in rich egg batter, seared until golden and topped with sliced strawberries. Tastes just like what you’d make at home, without the effort and the cleanup. There’s more about Cozy’s Cafe in my913 dining column.
Affare in the Crossroads Arts District
The richest French toast I’ve tasted is at Affare. The “Arme Ritter” ($12) consists of lofty slabs of buttery brioche soaked, then baked in a cinnamon-infused egg mixture and served with maple syrup and the creamiest vanilla sauce imaginable. It’s heaven.More on Affare’s brunch here.
Renee Kelly’s Harvest in Shawnee
Pound cake dipped in custard, topped with sauteed apples and sweetened cinnamon cream. The $12.95 brunch entree comes with bacon and super-crispy potato latkes.More on Harvest’s brunch here.
Westport Cafe in Westport
Like Affare, this French bistro uses buttery brioche bread as a base for its $12 French toast. A dallop of whipped honey lavender cream and a dusting of powdery sugar add sophistication and presentation points.
Blue Bird Bistro on the Westside
Ciabatta, or Italian white bread, gives Blue Bird Bistro’s French toast a more rustic taste and texture that pairs well with real maple syrup (not the fake stuff!), organic butter and Missouri pecans. A half order costs $7, a full costs $10.
Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes bar and dining guides for Ink magazine. She also writes dining columns for Ink and 913. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @sarah_gish.