Last weekend while visiting Durham I finally had the chance to stop in at Toast to have lunch. Toast is a “paninoteca” – an authentic Italian sandwich shop. Their specialities include Paninis, Tramezzini, Bruschetta, and Crostini. They also offer fresh salads and homemade soups and you can even buy an NC microbrew to enjoy with your lunch! They are located in the Five Points area of Downtown Durham along West Main Street right next to Whiskey. The bulk of their seating is indoors, but they do offer outdoor seating with a few tables and umbrellas out of the brick sidewalk.
I’ve heard nothing but good things about the food and was really looking forward to checking it out. I was not dissapointed. The folks at Toast made the best panini I’ve ever had! I ordered the grilled chicken pannini with roasted peppers, mozzareall, and salsa verde. It was delicious. Easily the best pannini I have ever had the pleasure of easting! My wife was equally impressed with her salad and homemade lentil soup. From what I understand, whenever possible they try to use local suppliers of the produce, meats, cheeses, and bread they use in their sandwhiches.
If having great local food wasn’t enough, the fact that it was so affordable made it even better. Lunch for two including a drink was just over $15. If I worked in Downtown Durham this place would be my regualr lunch spot. It looks like their good reputation is growing too. I was really impressed with how busy they were on an afternoon during the weekend. Many downtown lunch spots tend to see less traffic on weekends when the work crowd isn’t around, but Toast clearly has a loyal customer base that carries through the weekend.