Toast: Way More Than Just Bread
Combine the location, service style, menu options, and casual atmosphere- you get something amazing!
July 2015 - Elisha Neubauer - North Carolina Homes

Restaurant Report: Toast in Downtown Durham
The perfect combination of the crispy bread, tender grilled chicken, and creamy authentic mozzarella was delicious.

November 2014 - Pimchanok Chuaylua - Duke Chronicle

Durham, North Carolina's Five Points Intersection
Owners Billy and Kelli Cotter turn out inventive crostini (one is topped with shrimp and radicchio).
April 2013 - Kaitlyn Goalen - Food & Wine

It's Sammie Time - A Southern Sandwich Round Up
This joint is a sandwich Mecca. Hot or cold, open faced or smashed in a Panini maker, Toast basically has it all.
April 2013 - Kristina Held - The Local Palate

Toast in Durham
I’m not usually a big fan of sandwiches, but some places make them so well that they are a pleasure to eat. Toast, a little sandwich restaurant in downtown Durham, is one of these places. 
March 29 , 2012 - Jamie Nunnelly - Tarheel Eater

Durham Dining: Pies, Panini and Barbecue
Daily specials are driven by what Mr. Cotter finds at local farmers’ markets. During my visit, those selections included fantastic two-bite crostini topped with a creamy mix of avocado, lemon and Grana Padano cheese, and a perfectly crisp panino with fresh asparagus, truffled cheese and fluffy, bright yellow egg, a colorful combination of contrasting textures.
June 24, 2011 - Ingrid K. Williams - New York Times

Best Sandwich -
2015, 2014, 2012,
2011, 2010

Best Soups -
2012, 2011, 2010

Best Vegetarian Friendly - 2012, 2011


Best Sandwich -
2015 (Platinum)
2014 (Gold)
2013 (Platinum)


Three Trips to Savor: The Triangle
Toast feels like the kind of restaurant we should have in Virginia-Highland but don't: a stylish little cafe that serves fresh, creative and quickly prepared food with panache.
October 2011 - Bill Addison - Atlanta Magazine, pg.73

Sandwich a Day: Rapini and Sweet Italian Sausage Panini at Toast in Durham, NC
The bread was a crunchy, olive oil-glossed beauty with perfect grill marks, and the slices of sausage were large, sweet, porky, and studded with fennel.
August 25, 2011 - Carrie Vasios - Serious Eats

Coming to terms with ricotta; plus, Toast's recipe
June 22, 2011 - Elizabeth Shestak,

Best of the Triangle 2011: Readers' Choice poll winners and finalists
June 8, 2011 -

Elevate lunch at Toast, a paninoteca that serves its Italian-style sandwiches.
July 15, 2010
- New York Magazine

Simplicity and heart. That is what I witnessed at Toast Paninoteca in Durham.
February 3, 2010 - Mark Petko, Spoonfed

Durham’s TOAST is More Than Just Bread >>
Next we tried the crostinis. Each were a perfect 2 bite size, the bread tasting like it had a good bit of garlic rubbed on each slice, and the toppings were fresh and zesty. I could have ordered a plate full of these crispy treats with a glass of Pinot Noir and been the happiest person in the place. It made me want to try them all.
April 4, 2008 -



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Monday 11am-3pm
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Durham, NC 27701

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