Best French Toast - 2007
Eeeeevery now and then, it's okayto treat yourself to some nostalgically wonderful, sugary confection of a breakfast food. Especially if it's the Broiled San Francisco Stuffed Toast from the ever-adorable Starling Diner. The place is decorated with all sorts of precious tchotchkes and gramma-'n'-pop-pop sort of wall art. Wicker chairs and Mason jars used as cups top off the charming feel of this tiny eatery. Cuisine that tastes like it was homemade (like, you know, if your mom could actually cook well), but still abundant, with touches that make it just that much more extraordinary. Example? The complimentary cucumber water or creamy potato polenta that anchors just about every dish served up there. Starling's breakfast menu is the perfect way to introduce yourself to the cozy neighborhood restaurant. Besides their various scrambles served with polenta and sliced baguettes and basket of freshly baked scones, their take on the traditional and once-familiar French toast is particularly notable. Made with sliced baguettes, the bread is broiled, stuffed with a velvety Marscarpone and an even-more-velvety crème fraiche, and then topped with fresh seasonal berries and whipped cream. It's pretty to look at, but it tastes even better going down.