Canteen proves toast is the most Twin Cities breakfast of all

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Hannah Sayle
Toast with all the toppings at Canteen's toast bar.

Toast (toäst if you're Chloe Sevigny) is a seemingly simple repast. So simple, in fact, that when word of fancy, artisanal toast got out, many called it the end of days, the official shark-jumping of foodie culture. Cynics balked at the mere suggestion of spending $4 on an order of toast. Four dollars for lightly browned bread?

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Canteen brings toast bar trend to Minneapolis

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Hannah Sayle
Here in the Twin Cities, we know the value of a great plate of toast. It is humble. It is reliable. It is our birthright: We live in the breadbasket and can proudly claim that the first automatic toaster was invented right here in Minnesota.

We're obsessed with butter, toast's inseparable sidekick, once dubbed the "currency of the Midwest." With our polar vortexed winter months, we have mastered the art of preserving fruits and produce -- jams, jellies, preserves, and fruit butters line our shelves so that they may top our toast.

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Hannah Sayle
Canteen's toast bar with owner, Liz Abene, also known as Canteen Girl

So when the coastal toast trend officially made its entree onto the Twin Cities scene, the makings of the movement were already here: Our food scene is rich with bakers and breadsmiths, endowed with fresh local creamery butter, and teeming with artisanal jams, jellies, and spreads. Canteen, the new coffee shop in the former Urban Bean location on Bryant, began serving its toast bar a few weeks ago, rotating bread from standout local bakeries such as Rustica, Patisserie 46, and Sun Street and toppings from a number of local purveyors.
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Hannah Sayle
A bread basket in the breadbasket.

Canteen displays the Twin Cities bounty in an elegant spread each Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For $3.50, diners get two thick slices of bread, a pair of toasters to use, and an array of toppings to choose from, including Hope Creamery butter, Beez Kneez clover and buckwheat honey, cinnamon sugar, house-made peanut butter, house-made maple almond butter, and two types of Serious Jam (pictured above: a strawberry balsamic black pepper name and a blueberry bourbon jam).
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Hannah Sayle
Serious Jams.

Bread options include oatmeal, sourdough, currant walnut sourdough, and buckwheat walnut, and we opted for the last, a nutty, hearty bread that made a substantial toast. We carefully dressed our slices with every type of topping, taking full advantage of the weekend-only toast bar. Though you can get toast at Canteen any day of the week, at $2.50 an order and .75 per topping, you'll miss your chance to be a toppings tourist, trying out all that the local producers have to offer. And sure, you can make toast at home much, much cheaper, but how often do you have six types of bread and eight different toppings at your disposal?

Canteen
3255 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis
@canteen3255
6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday
7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday
7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday

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14 comments
Terry Wilk
Terry Wilk

Looks like Vomit, from a RatSnake

Misty Jolly Aoudia
Misty Jolly Aoudia

Yeah I would..and I wouldn't have to spend 20 dollars just to feel like I was a hipster

Christian Jensen
Christian Jensen

I only made it to line two, where the phrase "artisanal toast" appeared. The word "artisanal" once meant something but lately is being beaten to death.

Louie Lu Lettuce
Louie Lu Lettuce

What next....? Minnesota #1 in proper ways to shit toast? Can't wait to hear how I should be doing that, if I'm not doing that properly at the moment.

Heather Berge
Heather Berge

Seriously, who doesn't like toast with good jam? I'd give it a try.

Dave Salmonson
Dave Salmonson

I still have not made it into this short life trend cafe for overpriced bread and toast toppings. It is very important to be seen eating your overpriced toast in all the right places.

John Lampson
John Lampson

I was in San Francisco and ate at The Mill, which is apparently one of the first toast bars in SF. It was actually very good. The lattes were good, as well. It was a fairly hearty breakfast (being mostly dense, whole-grain bread). As I've spent way more money on food that doesn't satisfy, I left with a good impression. I haven't tried Canteen's iteration yet, but I probably will. After all, I like bread and butter; I like toast and jam!

John Lampson
John Lampson

That's why you burned your mouth, Jonathan; you are a coffee hipster.

Josh Ranta
Josh Ranta

Not gonna lie though, that toast looks a helluva lot better than the toast I'm about to make right now. #toastNOTtoäst

Andrew Feyder
Andrew Feyder

Can't wait for next trend: artisan fortune cookies

Jonathan David
Jonathan David

I ate toast before it was trendy. I also drank coffee before it was cool.

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