Time for another recap of a recent dining experience! Today's restaurant du jour is named Toasters and it specializes in one of my favorite kinds of sandwiches: paninis. Like The Green Pig Pub, I'd suggest that Toasters is more of a "lunch & a flick." than a real eat out dinner option. Toasters have three locations in Salt Lake City, but the location I chose to dine was at 30 East and 300 South.
$ = 5-10 avg. per entree
$$ = 10-15 avg. per entree
$$$ = 15-20 avg. per entree
$$$$ = 20-30 avg. per entree
$$$$$ = $30+ and above per entree.
Toasters is $
RATINGS: 1 star = Poor, 2 stars = fair, 3 stars = good, 4 stars = very good, and 5 stars = AMAZING.
Soooo. Fun fact about my Toasters dining experience... I actually spread this restaurant post out over two visits. The first time I went with my friend Shauny, I was so hungry I had eaten my whole sandwich before remembering I was supposed to be blogging about that particular sandwich. Oops. I mean... At least I got the pic of her salad before she dug in, but I guess I couldn't wait any longer to eat my sandwich. So to make up for it, I went back and tried another sandwich so I'll be reviewing two different items today. The sandwich on visit the first was the prosciutto sandwich that I held all the veggies off of... so it was simply prosciutto, balsamic, mayo and cheese. It was simple yet delicious. The second was a grilled chicken, bacon & avocado panini. I love avocados and throwing bacon on top of them is always a good idea. Both sandwiches were solid lunch options and very tasty. EMILY RATING: 4.
As I mentioned in the last section, I came to Toasters on two separate occasions and the service was very different both days due to how busy it was. The first time was incredibly empty and thus the service was perfectly fine. The second time the line was insane and the stress of the workers showed. It's a bit harder to judge the service of this type of restaurant since your interaction with the workers is much more minimal. Here you'll order at the counter, then find your own table and they'll bring you the food when it's ready. It's hard to get that kind of interaction wrong and for the most part I wouldn't say they did. However, one of the workers did glare at Amelia when she attempted to clear off a table for ourselves since there weren't any others that were ready. Glaring employees? Not so good. EMILY RATING: 3.5 combined rating. (4 for visit #1, 3 for visit #2)
For a casual lunch place, the ambiance of Toasters is really quite perfect. When you walk in there's a nice little couch waiting area; so if you're meeting your friends for lunch and they happen to be late you can make yourself comfy while we wait (which I may or may not have had to do on one of these visits haha.) Overhead the ceiling's air vent is covered in colorful bumper stickers and everywhere you look there's something to catch your attention. But my FAVORITE thing to look at? The AWESOME European candy selection right at the front counter to tempt you to add an unnecessary dessert to your meal. EMILY RATING: for a lunch place.. I give this a 5.
Would you just LOOK at those chocolates??
SHAUNY SAYS: I enjoyed my experience at Toasters. The restaurant was clean and welcoming and the service friendly and timely. I ate the strawberry walnut salad with a tangy house vinaigrette. Everything in the salad was fresh and crisp. I enjoyed the unique blend of flavors and textures. The salad combined crisp lettuce, sweet strawberries, tart cranberries, ripe avocado, delicious feta cheese, and tomatoes. I would stop in again and recommend it to friends.
COURTNEY SAYS: I like the cute little area up front with the cute couch and artwork. It's great for a lunch place, especially the candy station!! And in the summer they even have a patio. Every time I go to Toasters I order the roast beef panini and I love it. For that, I give the food a 5. It's unique and there's the chocolate.
AMELIA COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT. Sources theorize that Amelia was so upset at that glaring employee and just generally underwhelmed that she did not want to add her two cents.
The verdict? Toasters is a reliably good lunch place. The sandwiches are superb and the chocolate options are wonderful.