Opening this coming Monday in Carlsbad is Toast Gastrobrunch, a new spot from Sammy’s Wood Fired Pizza owner Sami Ladeki that focuses on breakfast and lunch. It replaces Peruvian restaurant Pisco, which is still in operation in Liberty Station.
At the helm of Toast is executive chef/partner Alfred “Alfie” Szeprethy, expanding on his duties as executive corporate chef of Sammy’s. His daytime menu, offered from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., features a variety of toasts topped with combos that range from smoked salmon and capers to strawberry and goat cheese and pork belly and mushroom. Breakfast classics run from sweet pancakes and French toast to savory egg dishes including eggs Benedict, prime steak and eggs, and their signature eggs in purgatory, a sourdough bread bowl filled with poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce, mushrooms, bacon, feta, scallions, and mint. Lunch options include salads and sandwiches such as the Monte Cristo and a smoked brisket melt.
The restaurant retained its full bar, so boozy brunch sippers are also available. In addition to the standards like mimosas, Bloody Marys, and bellinis, there are spiked coffee drinks, champagne cocktails, micheladas, and more.