Apr 5, 2024 - News

Brunch munch: The Toasty Badger

Salmon Benedict at Toasty Badger

The salmon Benedict at Toasty Badger. Photo: Asher Price/Axios

Pardon me — I've got a mouthful of smoked salmon Benedict.

What I'm doing: Grabbing a bite at the Toasty Badger, the new diner on South Congress in a spot previously occupied by Southside Flying Pizza — and, long ago, by a Dairy Queen.

The vibe: Classy and 1970s-y, with comfy booths, counter service and an umbrella-shaded patio.

What to order: The Benedict ($17) — not an easy dish to execute — is carried off nicely here, with perfectly poached eggs, a chewy English muffin and a tangy hollandaise.

  • And a juicy fried chicken sandwich ($16) — the chicken is dipped in Texas chili oil and served with mayo, pickles and a green-onion-and-cabbage slaw — will give Lucy's, across the street, a run for its money.
  • Plus: Fluffy griddle cakes hit the spot.

Six-word review: Nice counterpoint to South Congress glam.

What's next: This month Lobos Hospitality, the team behind the new diner, is opening Manny's, a sandwich spot with a midcentury feel, at Fifth and Lavaca, as well as a cocktail bar, Powder Room, in the same location.

If you go: The Toasty Badger is open 8am-10pm Sunday-Thursday and 8am-11pm Friday and Saturday.

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