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Octopus toast

Dustin Clark, Besaw's, Portland, Ore.

If the challenge with savory toasts is to make sure they can work for any meal, then the charred octopus toast at Besaw’s in Portland, Ore., is the answer. Dustin Clark toasts a levain-style bread with garlic oil, then tops it with green garlic mayonnaise, chunks of octopus that have been braised in red wine before being seared,...