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Breakfast and brunch spot Toast opens near the Fairgrounds 

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Uptown breakfast spot Toast opened a second location (1845 Gentilly Blvd., 504-351-3664; www.toastneworleans.com) Oct. 21 near the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  The original Laurel Street location (5433 Laurel St., 504-267-3260), which is operated by the same folks who run Tartine (7217 Perrier St., 504-866-4860; www.tartineneworleans.com), opened in 2014. The casual spot serves a French-leaning breakfast menu and sweet and savory crepes.

  The menu at the new spot is similar to the original location, with many of the same omelets, crepes and namesake toasts. Special to the Gentilly Boulevard menu are a toast topped with ricotta cheese, ratatouille and an egg; spicy fried chicken served over a waffle with maple syrup and cayenne butter; and a brisket burger dressed with roasted tomato and "Dijonnaise."

  The new spot features wood furnishings by local carpenter and woodworker Matthew Holdren. The main dining area includes bar seating, window booths, tables with seating for 50 people.

  Alcohol is not available, but owner Cara Benson says the restaurant has applied for a permit and plans to serve mimosas, bloody marys and other eye-opener cocktails.

  Toast is open 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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