What a Hunk: Our Four Favorite French Toasts in L.A.

Egg-soaked, browned, and drenched in syrup—bread has never had it so good

Tall Boy
Canelé serves fat wedges of french bread topped with mascarpone and stewed prunes. The rich crust gives way to a custardy, vanilla-scented interior. » 3219 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village, canele-la.com.

Dressed Up
Thin brioche slices are battered and pan fried in a combination of oil and butter. It’s Square One’s topping combos, though—caramelized peach-pecan, kumquat jam, and cream—that draw lines around the block. » 4854 Fountain Ave., East Hollywood, squareonedining.com.

Everything Nice
A swirl of cinnamon sugar runs through the brioche slabs at Nickel Diner. After a quick sauté in butter, they’re cut on the bias and stacked. Maple syrup and orange juice are perfect foils. » 524 S. Main St., downtown, nickeldiner.com.

One and Only
Filled with house-made ricotta and topped with a seasonal fruit compote, the two creamy slices at M.B. Post sing. With fall comes a poached pear-and-chestnut honey riff. » 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, eatmbpost.com.