In a shallow wide bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla and salt.
Place bread in bowl to absorb batter.
Spread almonds out on a plate.
Heat a skillet over medium heat and melt half the butter.
Dip half the bread slices in the almonds, pressing them into the side.
Place the bread in the melted butter and grill until browned, about 2–3 minutes on each side.
Put finished bread on an ungreased baking sheet.
Melt remaining 1-1/2 tablespoons of butter and repeat with remaining bread slices.
Bake the grilled bread in the oven for 8–10 minutes, or until cooked through.
If desired, heat honey mixture on stove top or in microwave.
Serve French toast slices with a dollop of ricotta and remaining honey mixture.