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Enjoying a latte at Toast means getting there early. Early.

Here's what you know about Toast whether you've been there or not: it can get insane. Insane. The late breakfast/long lunch crowd swells in proportions that are greater than the restaruant's ability to contain them. If you've never eaten at Toast but have driven by at, well, most hours of the day, you know what we mean. Nuts.The photo at the top of Toast's website perfectly captures the madness, with people crowded inside, people crowded outside, and a line of hungry people that give you the "come on, eat fast, I'm hungry too" eyes.

There's a trick to Toast, a "toast-trick" if you will, that we'd like to share with you: go early and go often. Meet a friend for breakfast at 7:30am on a weekday and you'll have the place mostly to yourself. It is cozy (although they're currently doing some weird expansion or re-decoration which we don't quite get), the staff is so friendly it kind of blows your mind, and the food is great. Best of all: no waiting, no dirty looks from tomorrow's would-be starlets while you nosh.