Editor's note: The Serious Eats editors spent the month of September jetting around the nation; here's a snapshot from our travels.
There are two kinds of dressed-up French toast: French toast with stuff on it, and French toast with stuff in it. I generally find myself more a fan of the latter, so I loved the Jule Kake French Toast ($8.49) at Finn's in Salt Lake City, which might be called a Scandinavian diner. Here, the "Norwegian Christmas Bread" is laced with raisins, citron, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon, dipped in a simple creamy-eggy batter and griddled golden brown. It's the cardamom and ginger that come through, aromatic spices that make each bite wintery and warm. Maple syrup unnecessary—though there's nothing wrong with another swipe of butter on top.