>> Friday, February 26, 2010
Funky. Tacky. Retro. Kitschy.
A neighborhood icon in Portsmouth, New Hampshire since 1994, The Friendly Toast has been a hit there, commanding long waits for its creative breakfast items, huge portions, and great food. This past spring, owners Melissa and Robert Jasper finally opened a second outpost in Cambridge. They worked hard to make sure that the second place embodied the character of the original one, down to the knick knacks that adorn the walls, the bright green paint, and the wacky menu items.
The Friendly Toast serves a variety of food, focusing mostly on brunch-like items (pancakes, French toast, eggs, and the like), but also serving sandwiches, burgers, and milkshakes (frappes, they're called in New England). It's sort of a chi-chi hippie granola version of a diner -- diner-like food with a twist: creative ingredients, vegan-friendly choices (tofu scramble anyone?), and wacky names (mmm . . green eggs and ham). Honestly, Cambridge is the perfect city for this type of place.
Lines are super long on weekends, especially during brunch time. Fortunately, they open until 1 AM, one of the few places in Cambridge to do so.
Check out some of the dishes we've enjoyed!