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Toasted

1945 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, FL - (407) 960-3922
Posted By Michael Stern on 1/31/2014 4:51:00 AM
Toasted is a formulaic restaurant, and what a fine little formula it is. The theme is grilled cheese sandwiches. Options range from “The 101,” which is simply cheddar and tomato, to the likes of “Truffle Melt” (Havarti, truffle oil, and arugula) and “Braised Brisket” (Fontina, brisket, BBQ sauce and caramelized onions). For $1 extra, you can add bacon or a fried egg to any sandwich. Side dishes include apple compote, which goes so well with anything cheesy, and French fries flavored with a heady perfume of rosemary and truffle oil. Mac ‘n’ cheese, a house specialty, is a lovely blend made with Jarlsberg, cheddar, and gruyere,

The sandwiches are handsome packages, made using tiles of significant bread and enough griddle grease to create a wickedly rich handful, which on most sandwiches oozes just enough to provide great eye appeal but remain wieldy.

There is a whole array of cheeseburgers, bacon cheeseburgers, and turkey burgers, plus a vegan menu of pretend-cheese sandwiches, pretend-meat burgers, and salads.

Toasted is the brainchild of Jeff Yarmuth, who made Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q into such a national success, and there can be little doubt that this currently single restaurant is a bellwether for future expansion. Despite a ready-to-franchise fast-food look that includes an amusing periodic table of cheeses decorating one wall, it is a warm and friendly place with staff who really seemed proud of what they are doing. When our server learned that we were from out of town, she made us promise to tell folks back home all about the good food served at Toasted.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
French Fries
As Gouda as it Gets Sandwich
Mac & Cheese
Apple Compote
Fig & Goat Sandwich
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Smoked Gouda cheese, pulled chicken, red peppers and filaments of garlicky spinach give this sandwich a hearty, kaleidoscopic taste appeal.
"Smoked Gouda cheese, pulled chicken, red peppers and filaments of garlicky spinach give this sandwich a hearty, kaleidoscopic taste appeal."
Michael Stern





Apples go so well with cheese ... and with grilled cheese sandwiches. This warm apple compote, which our server described as 'like apple pie, but without the crust,' was a fine semi-healthful alternative to Toasted's wickedly good French fries.
"Apples go so well with cheese ... and with grilled cheese sandwiches. This warm apple compote, which our server described as 'like apple pie, but without the crust,' was a fine semi-healthful alternative to Toasted's wickedly good French fries."
Michael Stern


Sweet figs and honey balance Havarti and goat cheese in this signature sandwich.
"Sweet figs and honey balance Havarti and goat cheese in this signature sandwich."
Michael Stern


When you order your food at the counter, you are given a little placard to take to your table so the staff knows where to bring your food when it is ready. Instead of a boring number, the placard has a 'sign' from this periodic cheese table posted on the wall.
"When you order your food at the counter, you are given a little placard to take to your table so the staff knows where to bring your food when it is ready. Instead of a boring number, the placard has a 'sign' from this periodic cheese table posted on the wall."
Michael Stern


Don't be surprised if you see a storefront like this in a mall near you in the not-too-distant future. Toasted tastes like a winning formula.
"Don't be surprised if you see a storefront like this in a mall near you in the not-too-distant future. Toasted tastes like a winning formula."
Michael Stern



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