Brunch At Toast + Tonic Creative Kitchen, Mystic


The current popularity of smash burgers brings me right back to college munchies at Friendly’s and my favorite meal of a skinny square burger on toast (remember?) and a Junior chocolate Fribble.

Tastes turned, and burgers became behemoths, so I sorta gave up on them (sticking with my rule of never eating anything bigger than my head). But the trendiness of smash burgers is a Godsend for those of us who prefer just a sliver of meat. Which brings me to the smash burger at Toast + Tonic.

This spot in the old Bleu Squid location in Mistick Village is a treat for breakfast, lunch, and brunch (with some afternoon options, too). I intended to eat half of the crispy burger dolloped with bacon jam and fried onions on a brioche roll (and – yikes- fries), but all of a sudden it was GONE. There are plenty of healthier options, too. My daughter had a very sane lunch of the Roasted and Toasted Salad: a pile of kale studded with pecans, crisped chickpeas, butternut squash, and pear slices, topped with fried goat cheese balls. Oh, yum.

The menu offers up something sweet or savory for every taste: from shakshuka or a sweet potato bowl to all manner of grilled cheese and egg dishes. Portions are large enough to share. That’s probably a good idea because you won’t want to skip the cases of colorful cupcakes, lemon bars, gluten-free brownies, and more house-baked goodies, including my daughter’s downfall, a scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough.

Also on offer are concoctions mixed with fresh-squeezed juices, creative cocktails, and mocktails.

Our server was lovely and accommodating, and despite a bustling brunch biz, he never rushed us, checking in, refilling glasses, and proffering dessert ideas (in the end, we ordered four). This is a happy place for families, large groups (make a res), or pre-or-post shopping or movies (a small plates menu is offered in the afternoon).

Coming up on February 24, 2024: An Italian wine pairing dinner with passed hors d’oeuvres, six courses with wine pairings. $75. Email for tix.
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My daughter loved this mocktail: grapefruit juice, blood orange, basil and tonic