Eveleigh + Avocado Toast with Frisée, Lemon & Sea Salt

Avocado ToastIn LA there’s always something healthy on the menu. At Eveleigh, a welcoming farm to table style restaurant in West Hollywood, it was the avocado toast.

The majority of fashionable young women at Eveleigh that morning ordered the same thing, avocado toast, with a few free spirits opting for the granola with frozen banana yogurt.

The Eveleigh, Meanwhile, the men stuck to Eveleigh’s heavy hitters like the schnitzel breakfast sandwich or the bubble & squeak, a hearty corned beef hash. Not one guy in the hour we spent there ordered avocado toast. Unfortunately for them, they missed out. Its quite nice.

But then… so is the bubble & squeak which Reed ordered. It’s as tasty as the name is fun to say. For the bubble & squeak, Eveleigh tossed hunks of corned beef with  spinach, mustard and fingerling potatoes browned in plenty of butter. The whole thing was topped with a soft cooked scotch egg. I was more than happy to share some of Reed’s.
Bubble & SqueakAvocado Toast & Bubble and Sqeak at Eveleigh

Eveleigh’s avocado toast came as two slices of toasted ciabatta covered with a thick smear of smashed avocado topped with espelette pepper and a side of boiled egg gribiche.  Its was good but, for me, slightly bland.
The avocado toast experiment

Avocado ExperimentA quick look around the blogosphere showed me that many people like their avocado toast straight up so Eveleigh is probably on to something. It has several merits: its super easy and quite healthy. For myself for breakfast on a Tuesday morning…  that’s great.  But it doesn’t hold its own if you’re planning a brunch that takes place outside of a spa, health clinic, or West Hollywood.

Avocado Toast with Frisee

The best Avocado Toast

Back in glutenous NYC, avocado toast seems more appropriate as a canvas for more sinful ingredients like bacon and creme fraiche. Avocados are a friendly fruit that play nicely with lots of other flavors so why make it stand alone. Once I started thinking about it there are so many options so I decided to experiment. I made:

  •  Avocado Toast with Bacon, Eggs & Balsamic
  • Avocado Toast with Frisée, Lemon, and Sea Salt
  • Avocado Toast with Creme Fraiche & Grapefruit
Oddly enough the one that I expected to be my least favorite, Avocado Toast with Frisée, Lemon, and Sea Salt, was my definite favorite. In a moment and you can upgrade your avocado toast from nice, if bland, to flavorful and festive. The bitterness of the frisee brings out the sweetness of the avocado and the lemon the salt cut through the fattiness of the avocado making the whole thing pop.
Avocado Toast with Frisee, Lemon, Sea Salt
The problem with my other two versions of avocado toast is they both added more fattiness by way of bacon and creme fraiche. But it really needs an acid to cut through the avocado and brighten the dish. Enjoy!

Avocado Toast with Frisee, Lemon & Sea Salt (yields 2 slices of toast, scale as needed)

(Active/total time 5-10 minutes)
2 slices of good chewy bread, like ciabatta or sourdough, toasted
1 avocado
1 cup frisée lettuce,
half a lemon
sea salt
Roughly mash the avocado with the back of a fork. Divide the mashed avocado evenly and spread on toasts.  Divide the frisee evenly and place on top of the avocado toast slices.
Zest the lemon and sprinkle the zest over the toasts. Squeeze the lemon juice over the toasts. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste and serve.

-Serve alone or with your favorite brunch items; bacon, hash browns and/or fruit salad.

-Inspired by Eveleigh