I’ve been writing about food for years, so people often ask me what my all-time favorite restaurant in Buffalo is. Honestly, I have yet to find somewhere I love more than Toutant. I’ve gone for brunch and dinner multiple times and every time the food and drinks leave a lasting impression. They’re even willing to fulfill my old school drinks requests if I ask for off the menu cocktails. By the way, thanks again for the foamiest Ramos Gin Fizz I’ve ever had. You’re my heroes.
Here are the things that make Toutant one of the best Sunday brunches in WNY:
1. The Brunch Booze
Just go in assuming you’re getting drinks. It’s worth it, trust me. Alongside your cold brew coffee ($5), you’ll need a cocktail to begin your ultimate brunch experience. They have a good old-fashioned bloody mary ($7), an out-of-the-box salty, lobster bloody Caesar ($8) with a delicious briny flavor, and fruity mimosas ($6). In addition to the classics, they have weekly frozen daiquiri ($10) specials that are bright, vibrant, and full of sweet ingredients.
2. Biscuits and the Pastry of the Day
When I say you have to get the biscuits, I’m telling you that you HAVE TO GET THE BISCUITS. Unbelievable on their own, they always come with seasonal jam to take them to the next level. They also offer beignets ($6) and their Sunday morning pastry of the day. Their baked goods never disappoint – like the King Cake on the menu for Mardi Gras this year or the old-fashioned glazed cake doughnut. Pro tip, any time they have their cinnamon buns, you get one. Just like the biscuits, you always get one. You should probably also get a cinnamon bun to go. It’s literally the best thing you’ll ever taste.
3. Quality AND Quantity
They don’t skimp on portions at Toutant, that’s for sure. A few of my all-time favorites include their creamy shrimp and grits ($18) with plump gulf shrimp, heirloom white corn grits, tomato broth, and ham, the buttermilk fried chicken ($20) spiced with cayenne sea salt and served with collards, and the muffuletta (half is $14 and whole by $20) served on the freshly baked garlic bread and stuffed with cured meats, cheese, and olive salad. Not enough people talk about this muffuletta. If you crave salty foods, you simply have to give it a try. I still had leftovers with the half portion, and it tasted even better the next day! There’s more where that came from with BBQ hash ($15), chicken fried steak and eggs ($15), breakfast sandwiches ($10), and other tasty options.
437 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203
Sunday Brunch Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm