We get the derision around the topic of artisanal toast. How can you turn something so homey into a food fad? Then we took a bite of Dan the Baker's sunflower flax topped with fresh almond butter and maple sugar served at his Toast Bar in Grandview. Sure, we get the arguments that it's a bit twee, but we can't deny it's a great way for bread bakers to showcase their wares.

We get the derision around the topic of artisanal toast. How can you turn something so homey into a food fad? Then we took a bite of Dan the Baker's sunflower flax topped with fresh almond butter and maple sugar served at his Toast Bar in Grandview. Sure, we get the arguments that it's a bit twee, but we can't deny it's a great way for bread bakers to showcase their wares.

Toast Bar

In addition to Toast Flights (three slices and spreads for $5.50), Dan Riesenberger had his mind set on offering savory, Danish-inspired Smorrebrod ($6) at his 10-seat organic bakery. He starts with Danish rye-dense, whole-grain bread made with sprouted local organic rye berries and packed with sunflower, flax and pumpkin seeds. "It has a really assertive full flavor, a lot of tanginess," Riesenberger says. That tang complements a topper of smoked salmon, house-pickled red onions, English cucumber, Cloverton cheese from Laurel Valley Creamery (think sharp chevre, but made with cow's milk) and fresh dill. "You eat one,and you're good for four hours," he says. dan-the-baker.com

Alchemy Juice Bar & Cafe

Manager and registered dietitian Alexis Joseph wanted a warm, yet healthy, food option at her cold-pressed juice and smoothie cafe counter inside The Fitness Loft on Parsons Avenue. Toast was the answer, and avocado is her go-to spread. "I call it nature's butter," Joseph says. "It's smooth and creamy. I love that it's savory." The Avocado toast ($3) starts with a slice of whole-wheat bread from nearby The Angry Baker in Olde Towne East. Then, she adds about a fourth of a smashed avocado, micro kale and red pepper flakes for a touch of heat. If you want more sweet than savory, go for the Banana Almond Butter ($3) with house-made almond butter, banana slices, cacao nibs and cinnamon. "It's smooth, sweet and crunchy." Joseph says. "It's an awesome texture experience." alchemyjuicecafe.com