MAY 17, 2015 by SLAWANDORDER
Five minutes away from Toast Montclair, we learned the impossible: Toast advertises a ridiculously appetizing brunch menu without mentioning that the restaurant is BYOB. Our brains go into overdrive. It’s official, we about to attend Runch, brunch without the “B.” The “B” in brunch referring to booze instead of the beginning of breakfast, clearly. Don’t get us wrong, we love BYOB. What we do not love? Getting blind-sided by a BYOB. Just give us some warning, people! Word for the wise: if a brunch menu does not list its boozey drinks, it probably doesn’t have boozey drinks.
Enter Merit Wines to the rescue. About a block away from Toast, we were able to pick up a bottle of champagne to pour over some orange juice. Given the usual 30-40 minute wait time for a table, it’s completely reasonable to walk down the street and peruse for your preferred libation. While we did not take that chance and bought our champagne prior to putting our names in, we are also here to spread some extra words of wisdom (or at least, experience).