French Toast Frenzy: Brunch Bliss Awaits

By: Carolyn Hall | November 8, 2023
Banana french toast from the cracked egg of grosse pointe

The Metro Detroit area is a hub for breakfast greats, and if you’re in the mood for something comforting, versatile, and deliciously familiar, you can’t go wrong with French toast. As good as homemade can be, these must-try spots have taken the brunch favorite to new heights, whether it be stuffed, has a crazy amount of toppings, interesting flavor profiles, or all of the above. 


Multiple locations in Metro Detroit

Jagged Fork is known for its extensive menu, but its French toast options are a standout. Here, you can indulge in classic French toast made with challah bread or get a little fancy with the Very Berry or S’more French toast. The Very Berry is stuffed with housemade banana cream cheese and piled high with fresh berries before being drizzled with a berry compote. The S’mores version is a challah French toast with a graham cracker crust, stuffed with Nutella and marshmallows, and then topped with even more Nutella, marshmallows, and housemade cream cheese frosting, with chocolate syrup drizzled over top. The cozy ambiance complements the mouth-watering dishes, naturally making it a Metro Detroit favorite.

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Very Berry french toast from jagged fork


15506 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe

19101 Vernier Road, Harper Woods

The Cracked Egg of Grosse Pointe (and of Harper Woods) offers a charming atmosphere alongside its menu of classic breakfast items. Its French toast comes in a variety of options, from Fruity Pebble to PB & Jelly Time. My personal favorite? The Almond Crunch French toast. It’s stuffed with blintz filling, bananas, blueberries, almonds, and caramel sauce, and is my go-to order. This restaurant provides an ideal spot for a casual brunch or a family breakfast.

almond crunch french toast from cracked egg of grosse pointe


15433 Hall Road, Macomb

If you’re looking for a place that offers French toast with a gourmet twist, then Le Andos Cafe is the spot for you. Here, French toast isn’t just a breakfast item; it’s an experience. You can of course order the classic French toast, which is sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon. If you’re looking to take it to the next level, check out the Caramel Apple, Banana Pudding, or Red Velvet French toast. The caramel apple is stuffed with sweet cream cheese, warm apple filling, and pecans, and then topped with caramel and powdered sugar. The banana pudding naturally has banana pudding filling, fresh bananas, and graham crackers. And the red velvet? A complete game-changer. It is made from three slices of red velvet cake that is topped with cream cheese, before being turned into French toast and topped with melba sauce and powdered sugar. 


301 Walnut Boulevard, Rochester

The Rochester Brunch House brings an elegant touch to the classic breakfast fare. On the menu, you’ll find two French toast options: Fruit Mascarpone Stuffed and Banana Peanut Butter Stuffed. The fruit mascarpone comes in three versions, with your choice of banana, strawberry, or blueberry. You can add additional toppings to your dish from a list that includes Nutella, chocolate chips, Oreos, walnuts, and more. The sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere makes it a perfect choice for those looking to elevate their morning meal, and the brunch cocktails are a great addition.


22075 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn

At Avenue Brunch House, the focus is on quality ingredients and excellent cooking techniques. Its French toast is no exception, and the Captain Crunch and Sin-a-mon are stand-outs. The Captain Crunch option is deep friend Captain Crunch breaded Texas toast and is topped with vanilla ice cream and berry coulis. Sin-a-mon features streusel, cinnamon sugar, sweet cream cheese, cinnamon butter, and powdered sugar. The inviting interior and friendly service make it a must-visit for anyone in the Metro Detroit area.

sin-a-mon french toast from avenue brunch house


6024 Rochester Road, Troy

Shine Cafe offers great twists on traditional French toast. All dusted with powdered sugar and served with whipped cream, the menu has an extensive variety to choose from. There are classic options like the Sweet Challah and Monte Cristo, with carved ham, Swiss cheese, and berry compote. On the wilder side, try the Banana Split, with bananas, strawberries, vanilla buttercream, berry compote, and pecans, all drizzled with chocolate, raspberry, and vanilla sauces for the ultimate Banana Split experience. There is also the Double Trouble option, with cookie dough, Oreos, Nutella, and chocolate sauce. 


1241 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

17101 Haggerty Road, Northville

Situated in Downtown Detroit and a new spot in Northville, The Hudson Cafe has become a staple for those seeking a delicious breakfast or lunch. The restaurant is known for its innovative take on classic dishes, and its French toast is no exception. Hudson Cafe’s French toast is the perfect blend of sweetness and texture, with options like Apple Walnut Stuffed, Strawberry Shortcake, and Vanilla Mascarpone. The apple walnut version is cinnamon raisin bread topped with apple flambé and walnuts, and stuffed with sweetened cream cheese frosting. Strawberry shortcake is coated with graham crackers, and stuffed with strawberries and cream cheese frosting like its namesake. Finally, the vanilla mascarpone is oat-crusted French toast, topped with fresh berries, vanilla mascarpone cream, and brown sugar.

Metro Detroit offers a French toast experience for every palate, whether you prefer the classic style or something more avant-garde. From the gourmet offerings to the sweet options, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant culinary landscape. So the next time you’re in Metro Detroit and find yourself craving this brunch favorite, you know exactly where to go.