Breakfast in the D: French Toast Edition

By: Toni Cunningham | May 30, 2013

Hands down, French toast is my favorite breakfast item. Pancakes, in all their fluffy glory, come in at a close second, but let’s be honest, French toast reigns supreme over all other breakfast foods. Eggs? Pish posh. Oatmeal? Ew. French toast is where it’s at.

If, like me, you enjoy thick slices of bread pan fried and covered in syrup, you’re in luck. Clearly I’m not alone, because there are several restaurants in the area that serve anywhere between one and seven delicious French toast variations. They include, in no particular order:

Hudson Café, 1241 Woodward Ave., Detroit, has six different French toast options on its menu, including Graham Cracker Crusted French Toast (with cream cheese drizzle), Very Berry Stuffed French Toast (with banana cream cheese, fresh berries and berry compote), and Apple Walnut Stuffed French Toast (with apple walnut cream cheese). Bottom line: add ‘em all to your culinary bucket list.

Toast, with locations in Ferndale and Birmingham, has four French toast choices under its “sweets & favorites” section. Whether you’re craving Plain Jane French Toast, Granola Mountain French Toast (with vanilla yogurt, honey, granola and fresh berries), or Grand Marnier French Toast (with orange liqueur, orange segments, toasted almonds and brown sugar), you’ll surely find your fix here.

The Breakfast Club, 38467 W. 10 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, is not only named after one of the best movies in the history of film, it also has the most French toast variety around, with seven different kinds. Your options include Salted Caramel & Banana French Toast (uh, yum), Cinnamon French Toast, Tropical French Toast and Crème Brulee French Toast.  One for every day of the week, right? Consult your doctor before beginning a daily French toast regimen.

Beverly Hills Grille, 31471 Southfield Rd., Beverly Hills, serves Bananas Foster French Toast with candied pecans and cinnamon daily. If there’s only one French toast option on the menu, it’s clearly because they’ve perfected it.

La Dolce Vita, 17546 Woodward Ave., Detroit, also has one lone French toast menu item. It’s made with fresh, homemade bread, and is stuffed with mascarpone cheese. If it suits you, add sautéed bananas for an extra two bucks. Keep in mind; they serve brunch, not breakfast, so your dining will have to take place between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Café Muse, 418 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak, offers two delicious French toast options: Stuffed French Toast with Mascarpone and Five-Spice Pear Nage, as well as Cinnamon Raisin French Toast. In case you’re not culinary savvy, a nage is sort of like a broth used for cooking. Also, I had to Google it several times myself, so don’t feel bad.

There you have it, the best French toast Metro Detroit has to offer. If I were you, I’d add a mimosa to my order and call it a day. A delicious, powdered sugar-covered, syrup-filled day.