By Jano Tantongco
Toast and Co. has been elevating diner cuisine for the past nine years in Huntington village.
The diner is open every day of the year, except for Thanksgiving. It’s always busy, so the food is fresh around-the-clock.
Waitress Stephanie Bouchard has worked there for four years and feels part of the family in working with the staff and customers. The homey atmosphere lends itself to being a frequent destination for a variety of regulars that call Toast and Co. their home.
“I see people out in Huntington village, too. They stop us. It’s very funny,” Bouchard said.
The Chef Benedict ($12) brings together two poached eggs over breakfast sausage patties and English muffins, topped with Hollandaise and chopped bits of delicious bacon. It’s served with a side of potatoes that are packed with flavor, bursting with green goodness with a sprinkling of chives. The platter is reminiscent of the open sandwich typically found at diners, but this breakfast variation will have your mouth watering to the point of forgetting that you also have your coffee.
For a bolder morning option, try the Breakfast Tacos ($11.95), which feature two corn tortillas filled with scrambled eggs, chorizo, jack cheese and pico de gallo, with sides of sour cream and guacamole. The corn tortillas are fluffy, yet almost slightly crunchy, serving as a warm bed for the mixture of fresh, savory flavors punctuated by the robust cilantro leaves. The chorizo sausage complements the eggs to bring smoky aromatics to the hearty breakfast.
Shifting to lunch, The BBQ Short Rib Sandwich ($13) is a full-fledged meal encapsulated between two buns, next to crispy seasoned fries. The boneless beef short rib affair features a roasted sweet potato spread with homemade coleslaw, all sandwiched in two Portuguese rolls. The short rib is truly succulent and pulls apart effortlessly. The sweet potato is enough to send one on a journey back to your childhood kitchen, and is especially heartwarming in this wintery season. The coleslaw is fresh, and not overwhelming creamy, giving a proper crunch with each bite.
For a dip into devil’s food territory, try the Chocolate Stuffed Cannoli Cream Waffle ($10.95). Akin to a certain cookie, two layers of chocolate waffles surround a bed of decadent cannoli cream. The strawberries add a fresh, sweet zest to perfectly complement the chocolate undertones. The whipped cream throws in another level of richness that dessert lovers will cherish.
Cuisine: Classic American Diner
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Toast and Co.
62 Stewart Ave., Huntington village