Nopa's Custard French Toast is the Best I've Ever Had (Sorry, Mom)

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Anna Roth
First, you should understand that when it comes to brunch I'm strictly on Team Savory. But a few Sundays ago I took myself to brunch at Nopa's bar, and there I was talked into ordering one of the most delicious things I have put in my mouth in recent memory: the famous custard French toast. Now I can't imagine ordering anything else.

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This isn't the anemic French toast made from industrial slices of white bread like you'd find at IHOP or make at home. This is what I imagine the French had in mind when they invented the dish, which they rather poetically called pain perdu ("lost bread"), as a way to use up stale slices and crusts they had lying around the maison.

At Nopa, it's one massive, thick-cut slice of house-made pan di mie bread (literally "bread of the crumbs") that's been dried out for a few days, then soaked in a sweet, vanilla-and-nutmeg-y custard for 20 minutes, sauteed in clarified butter, and finished in the oven. The result is a crispy, fried crust on the outside with a luscious, quivering custard inside. Every bite was a delight.

Mine came topped with strawberries, but now the restaurant is using seasonal apples, both of which pair nicely with the Vermont maple syrup and pool of house-made butter.

Plus, the bloody Mary that accompanied it was one of the best I've had as well; its smokiness cut through the richness of the French toast. Both are great reasons to get out of bed early on a weekend morning.

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560 Divisadero, San Francisco, CA

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13 comments
ocorso
ocorso

@misssandyp @sfoodie @gglassy its a date. t-minus 17 days and counting...

nanalisaa
nanalisaa

@misssandyp let's go!!! I've been wanting to go!!

misssandyp
misssandyp

@nanalisaa I'm down!! I'm a sucker for custard and French toast so both together sounds amazing!

nanalisaa
nanalisaa

@misssandyp let's plan a weekend brunch!!!!

misssandyp
misssandyp

@directrix @missrosaaa @nanalisaa @ocorso @gglassy @edededed NOPA!!

directrix
directrix

@edededed @gglassy @misssandyp @missrosaaa @nanalisaa @sfoodie @ocorso apologies to @sfoodie

directrix
directrix

@edededed @gglassy @misssandyp @missrosaaa @nanalisaa @sfoodie @ocorso I'm not coming because y'all won't put out when I want it.

edededed
edededed

@gglassy @misssandyp @missrosaaa @nanalisaa @sfoodie @ocorso me too, where are we going?

gglassy
gglassy

@misssandyp @missrosaaa @nanalisaa @sfoodie I'm going too. And I'm bringing @ocorso

misssandyp
misssandyp

@missrosaaa @nanalisaa of course! it goes without saying!!

missrosaaa
missrosaaa

@misssandyp @nanalisaa I'm definitely coming

verasian1
verasian1

Holla! Truly delish stuff at Nopa but try http://t.co/Z2TIGkpS for an at-home treat @maggiejane @SFoodie. Pretty dang close, no rez needed.

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