I'll admit to a skeptical reaction when Dan the Baker's Daniel Riesenberger said he was turning his Grandview bakery storefront into Toast Bar, where he would charge $3-plus for a slice of crisped bread with toppings.

I'll admit to a skeptical reaction when Dan the Baker's Daniel Riesenberger said he was turning his Grandview bakery storefront into Toast Bar, where he would charge $3-plus for a slice of crisped bread with toppings. Perhaps if the powder-blue, 10-seat cafe felt gimmicky, it would seem trite. But it doesn't. Instead, it seems only natural that a bread baker would offer a space where people can munch on slices of his rustic, organic loaves.

If you feel compelled to sample, go for the $5.50 Toast Flight-a customizable board with three slices of toast (get the slightly sweet and buttery Pain au Lait) and a trio of spreads (like house-made cultured butter). There's also a daily changing menu of $3 slices like Sunflower Flax with crunchy almond butter and maple sugar. The menu will only continue to grow, Riesenberger promises, adding he'll soon feature smorrebrod, a Danish-style open-faced sandwich with lox and pickled things.

Not convinced? Simply go for a cup of Intelligentsia coffee and one of the buttery pastries lining an old cigar display case. And grab a loaf to go to craft your own toast at home. dan-the-baker.com