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the friendly toast opening in cambridge!

perpetual waitress Feb 18, 2009 09:19 AM

My pops just forwarded me an article about the Friendly Toast (of Portsmouth, NH fame) opening a new location at One Kendall here in Cambridge. As someone who will often rally her fellow waitstaff on a Monday morning to make the drive up the coast for some post-weekend munching and moaning, I could not be happier. My hope: It'll rock as much as the original and pick up some of the old B Side vibe (full bar!). My fear: It'll be a watered-down version of the flagship's funk. Anyone else have fond Friendly Toast memories? Favorite dishes? Thoughts?

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  1. hiddenboston RE: perpetual waitress Feb 18, 2009 09:25 AM

    I haven't been, but here's an article on the new one opening soon in Cambridge:


    1. Allstonian RE: perpetual waitress Feb 18, 2009 09:26 AM


      Wow. If they can actually replicate the original's vibe and solid food, I would be SO thrilled. I *love* the Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, and have been known to work in a stop there on pretty much any trip over the NH border whether we're actually heading in that direction or not.

      Favorite dish: Green Eggs and Ham. Side of cinnamon toast made with the house-made cinnamon swirl bread. Damn - we've got a Zipcar for a full day on Saturday, but we're heading towards Providence...

      1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: perpetual waitress Feb 18, 2009 09:42 AM

        This is excellent news, but I'm gonna miss the drive up to Portsmouth. And the really good record store across the street, now that I think of it. On the other hand, now Allstonian and I will have someplace to eat breakfast after our annual one-hour slot on Breakfast of Champions, and someplace to go after movies at the Kendall, so...win!

        1. MC Slim JB RE: perpetual waitress Feb 18, 2009 09:46 AM

          Where in One Kendall? The old Anise space?

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            alexek RE: perpetual waitress Feb 18, 2009 10:05 AM

            this is FANTASTIC news. I always try to find an excuse to make it up to portsmouth so I can get the New Hampshire's finest - a scramble with goat cheese, asparagus, and bacon with thick cheddar jalapeno toast on the side......do we know when it'll be opening?

            1. soxchik RE: perpetual waitress Feb 18, 2009 10:18 AM

              This is SO exciting! I went to UNH and hit up the toast frequently. I hope we get the great atmosphere, amazing homemade bread (I'm already dreaming about their french toast), and 24 hour service on the weekends!

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                Allstonian RE: soxchik Feb 18, 2009 10:59 AM

                Is there any place at all in Cambridge open 24 hours? I wouldn't hold my breath on that. Not least because seeme to me that would be a really poor location during off hours - way out of the way of foot traffic, fo one thing.

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                  soxchik RE: Allstonian Feb 18, 2009 11:40 AM

                  I figure the 24-hour service is too much to hope for, but I'll happily patronize the new toast during normal business hours.

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                Boxerina RE: perpetual waitress Feb 18, 2009 12:53 PM

                I'm already waiting in line for the huevos rancheros, with a velvet painting in one hand and an Elvis lamp in the other! Yay!

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                  Northender RE: perpetual waitress Feb 18, 2009 01:42 PM

                  Finally went to the one in NH last year and loved it. Very funky and an endless menu.

                  1. Bob Dobalina RE: perpetual waitress Feb 18, 2009 02:05 PM

                    Wow...the Toast in Portsmouth totally rocks. Whenever I go there, I would always think about how cool and surprising that Portsmouth had a place like that, while Boston did not. One Kendall is really not the best place - it would do much better in Central, Harvard or pretty much any other place that is more T-accessible.

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                      Canadian Tuxedo RE: Bob Dobalina Feb 18, 2009 02:27 PM

                      While One Kendall is not nearly as T-accessible as Central or Harvard, Hungry Mother does not seem to be having a hard to finding success in that neighborhood. Nor did B-Side for quite a while. To paraphrase Field of Dreams: If it is worth it, people will come.

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                        Bob Dobalina RE: Canadian Tuxedo Feb 19, 2009 07:25 AM


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                          jgg13 RE: Canadian Tuxedo Feb 19, 2009 09:33 AM

                          They just won't come as often as they would if it was more accessible :)

                          Heck, I live in Central and I find myself not going to stuff over that way as much as I'd like just because it mentally seems "soooo far away" (even though I know it's not)

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                            Canadian Tuxedo RE: jgg13 Feb 19, 2009 01:05 PM

                            My turn: touche.

                            I guess its easy for me to say what I did because I now LIVE in the neighborhood. But before moving to Kendall I also always thought the B-Side was on the other side of the universe. But I was also always amazed how busy it was considering it was on the other side of the universe...

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                              jgg13 RE: Canadian Tuxedo Feb 19, 2009 01:16 PM

                              other side of the universe ... perfect way of putting it :)

                              I talk about this w/ some of my friends quite frequently. I *know* it's not that far, but for whatever reason that whole area (stretching all hte way back to Cambridge St - I love Atwoods) seems to be 'on the other side of the universe'. I'll walk the same amount of time in another direction and not think twice about it.

                              I used to call that region of Cambridge the "Cambridge Dead Zone", there's just something about it which causes things to disappear from the conscious mind.

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                        corgette RE: perpetual waitress Feb 18, 2009 02:28 PM

                        I desperately miss the Mr. Haegar sandwich, with sweet potato fries. Best hangover cure of my college years.

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                          mollydingle RE: perpetual waitress Feb 19, 2009 09:22 AM

                          Hubs and I must the only people on the planet who aren't in love with this place. The one time we went we didn't even stay for the food, the wait staff were dirty and inept and the manager didn't seem to care. If that's funky, I'll take staid anyday.

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                            BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: mollydingle Feb 19, 2009 09:45 AM

                            No, I've seen a lot of posts in various places who are horrified by the fact that the waitstaff have visible tattoos and the tables and chairs are mismatched and second-hand and the stereo in the kitchen is blaring old Husker Du albums at 8:30 in the morning. You're certainly not alone, but I think it's mostly a matter of this place is not for you.

                            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                              derekj RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 19, 2009 10:50 AM

                              I would have to add, just because someone has tattoos and looks a little different than you, doesn't make them "dirty", nor "inept".
                              I have always found the service there to be courteous and prompt.

                              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                                Northender RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 19, 2009 11:54 AM

                                Actually those are some of the many endearing features I noticed about the place!

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                                  mollydingle RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 19, 2009 12:51 PM

                                  Tattoos and self aware 'Funkiness" we can handle. I'm talking actual dirt and grease. We tried to talk to a manager , but he/she couldn't be bothered to speak with us.
                                  I suspected I would get this reaction when I weighed in against a popular sacred cow...

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                                    jkv RE: mollydingle Feb 19, 2009 01:06 PM

                                    Actually, I had a similar lousy service experience the last time we were up there. Couldn't hail anybody down...food took forever, and then was COLD when it arrived...couldn't get coffee refills (an absolute diner no-no)...

                                    Be all that as it may, I love that place, and am beside myself at the prospect of their cowboy eggs right here in the people's republic.

                                    P.S. Interesting that several people decided that your use of the word "dirty" referred to tattoos and not actual dirt. Kind of a big leap, don't you think?

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                                      mollydingle RE: jkv Feb 19, 2009 01:15 PM

                                      I noted that, but refrained from comment. I try not to be quick to judge.

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                                        Prav RE: mollydingle Feb 19, 2009 01:46 PM

                                        Barmy's the one who even suggested the connection between "looking different" and "dirty". I completely agree with you, Molly. Funky != dirty. Anyone remember "Someday Cafe" in Davis Sq? ;)

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                                          pollystyrene RE: Prav Feb 19, 2009 07:18 PM

                                          The Someday had the best espresso drinks and most comfortable, cheerful atmosphere in town. There was that waft from all the homeless using the bathrooms, but I liked that they were kind enough to let them. I mourn the place.

                                        2. re: mollydingle
                                          derekj RE: mollydingle Feb 21, 2009 07:50 AM

                                          molly, your quote:
                                          "the wait staff were dirty"
                                          you did not say the restaurant was dirty, so what conclusion would you expect people to draw?

                                        3. re: jkv
                                          BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: jkv Feb 19, 2009 08:02 PM

                                          Well, given that the several dozen times I've eaten there, I've never found the place less than spotless, forgive me for not considering the place "dirty" or "greasy."

                                          Factor in that I have heard people explicitly say things like "Ew, they have all those secondhand tables and chairs and the waiters all look like they never wash their hair, gross" and you can see why I would make that leap.

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                                            Prav RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 20, 2009 06:09 AM

                                            It's unfortunate, I agree. I hope as hounds we look past appearances and focus on deliciousness. :)

                                        4. re: mollydingle
                                          Allstonian RE: mollydingle Feb 19, 2009 04:13 PM

                                          I think it's a little unfair to complain "I suspected I would get this reaction when I weighed in against a popular sacred cow..." because a handful of people disagreed with you, particularly since you've made a rather serious charge - that the staff of the restaurant are personally dirty and greasy. I've eaten there on quite a few occasions, and have not found the staff to be dirty or greasy, though they are indeed heavily inked.

                                          To be honest, I'm finding it difficult to imagine what exactly happened when you went there, based on your comments above. You went in, found the staff to be dirty/greasy and also in some way inept, left before being actually served, and tried to complain to a manager who would not speak to you. The whole incident sounds very strange indeed. I feel for you, but it's just hard to picture in my mind.

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                                            mollydingle RE: Allstonian Feb 19, 2009 06:01 PM

                                            We went in, were seated promptly at a table that that hadn't been wiped.The waitress asked if we would like a beverage, noticed the unclean table and remarked that she'd be back to wipe it.
                                            She returned with Hub's coffeee, commented that she forgot my OJ, didn't clean the table. We waited for about 15 minutes (it wasn't especially busy) She returned -still without my OJ and with water in dirty glasses and asked us if we wanted menus. At this point, we decided this wasn't working well and asked politely to speak with the manager who was in back. The hostess didn't even ask what the problem and when the manager ddidn't appear after 10 minutes or so, we left.
                                            End of story. It may well have been an off day, but we're disinclined to give it another try.

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                                              Allstonian RE: mollydingle Feb 19, 2009 06:47 PM

                                              Fair enough - a bad experience for sure. (My own approach to an unwiped table is that I won't sit down. I stand beside the table waiting till it's been cleaned. For one thing, I don't want anything to be inadvertently brushed onto my lap!)

                                        5. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                                          kf2vv RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 19, 2009 06:25 PM

                                          I think the place is definitely for me (since at this point, I know most of the people who work there and I've been going there quite frequently through the last couple of incarnations of the place), but it's not without problems. Cleanliness is one of them: on, say, Saturday afternoon after they've been slammed by the brunch rush, the accumulation of glop on the floor can get ankle-deep. (Still more of an aesthetic issue than anything, and I still eat there.) Money is the other: there have also been a couple of recent price hikes, to the point where it feels like a pretty bad value for the dining dollar.

                                          They still, however, put together awesome specials that manage to combine incredibly unlikely ingredients into something completely awesome. That's why I keep going back.

                                          Another dirty anecdote: there was one waitress a while back who habitually carried drinks not with her hand around the cups but with her hand pinching the top edge of the cup, thus with half her hand in your drink. That was a bit much for me, but she also got the boot really fast.

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                                            BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: kf2vv Feb 19, 2009 09:30 PM

                                            To be fair, I don't think I've ever been at the Friendly Toast at the tail end of a heavy rush like that -- generally, we're there either fairly early in the morning or at completely odd random times -- and I certainly never met thumb-in-the-coffee girl. But the fact that she got fired quickly only supports my main contention: not only have we never found the restaurant untidy (much less "dirty and greasy"), we consistently get service that's both entirely competent and totally friendly.

                                            Again, I think that might simply be a matter of being more on the restaurant's wavelength: I have noticed that the wait staff we've had think it's funny that we spend our down time waiting for our meals looking at the walls and saying "Wait, is that piece new?" and "Didn't that thing use to be on the other wall?" and the like. Similarly, we completely made one waitress' day when we recognized that her tattoos were taken from Gorey's The Epiplectic Bicycle. I'm really not trying to be hipper-than-thou here or anything -- I am coming up on two decades past my own hipster phase -- but I really have found over the years that there are people who find the Friendly Toast unsettling in some inchoate way, including some who apparently find the place downright frightening. (And in those cases, that has usually had to do with the servers' tattoos and hair, so again, you can see why I mentioned that aspect of the place.) It really is a matter of wavelength and expectations.

                                            I apologize to mollydingle if she feels unfairly slighted, but as Allstonian says, you made a rather serious charge -- "the wait staff were dirty and inept" -- which you changed in a later post to the TABLE being dirty, not the person serving you. (An unwiped table, not matter how unpleasant that is, is something VERY different from your waiter being dirty, wouldn't you say?) My reaction had nothing to do with you having "weighed in against a popular sacred cow," but with having made an insulting and unfair accusation against a waiter who did not deserve it.

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                                              Prav RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 20, 2009 06:44 AM

                                              Ahh, any Gorey-inspired art would make my day. :)

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                                        Gabatta RE: perpetual waitress Feb 19, 2009 01:12 PM

                                        Awesome! If it is comparable with the NH location, I have a new favorite breakfast place in Boston (not that there is much competition).

                                        1. aadesmd RE: perpetual waitress Feb 19, 2009 10:02 PM

                                          Having lived around Portsmouth for the past 20 years, I'm not sure what the excitement is all about. The food, in the many times I have been there, has been ok, nothing special. The place is dirty. I can't comment on the waitstaff, and I find the piercings and tattoos somewhat refreshing in NH.

                                          In the times I have been in, tables are not cleaned. The glassware is filthy at times, and the kitchen area is not what I would say pristine.

                                          But then again, this place has obviously gotten the imprimateur of the heavy posters, so any criticism will be treated with invectives.

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                                            yumyum RE: aadesmd Feb 20, 2009 07:31 AM

                                            Oh man. Sweet. I love it when you drop in here to tell us we are borg.

                                            "But then again, this place has obviously gotten the imprimateur of the heavy posters, so any criticism will be treated with invectives."

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                                              aadesmd RE: yumyum Feb 20, 2009 04:27 PM


                                              I would not say borg at all. I was actually thinking of "Lord of the Flies"., or perhaps "1984". The Borg, at very infrequent times, were capable of independent thought, and Seven of Nine is irrefutable proof.

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                                              Bob Dobalina RE: aadesmd Feb 20, 2009 10:30 AM

                                              You are so full of bull! - There is NO WAY you are going to be treated with invectives for expressing that opinion.

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                                                aadesmd RE: Bob Dobalina Feb 20, 2009 04:30 PM

                                                I always maintain the option of being wrong.

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                                                  Bob Dobalina RE: aadesmd Feb 23, 2009 06:01 AM

                                                  Tags (for my comment): Sarcasm, silly, getbacktowork

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                                                Prav RE: aadesmd Feb 20, 2009 10:33 AM

                                                I wish there were a lolcat to describe this thread. ;)

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                                                  yumyum RE: Prav Feb 20, 2009 10:38 AM

                                                  I've been waiting for the right moment.

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                                                    pemma RE: yumyum Feb 23, 2009 09:35 AM

                                                    I was there once. The food was good. We had a pierced, tattooed waitperson which was fine with me since the service was fine. I liked the funky atmosphere. The one thing that ruined the experience for me was that it was very dirty under the booths/tables. This did look like recent dirt from a busy stretch. It looked like it had been there a long time.

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                                                rscolao RE: perpetual waitress Feb 20, 2009 06:59 AM

                                                We drove to Portsmout last weekend from Boston just for Breakfast at the Friendly Toast. While Portsmouth offers much more after Breakfast than Kendall Square, we sure would love to have them here, especially if they can re-create the look of the place and the tattoos on the waitstaff. I only would wish for better coffee. It's definitely on the diner side of the coffee spectrum.

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                                                  glenn mcdonald RE: perpetual waitress Feb 20, 2009 11:36 AM

                                                  This is the best Boston-area restaurant news ever. Ever. Seriously.

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                                                    phoebek RE: glenn mcdonald Feb 20, 2009 04:54 PM

                                                    I agree. Love the FT in Portsmouth, wish them nothing but the best in Cambridge. Yeah, it's not pristine, but better than the old Someday!

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                                                    sammalama RE: perpetual waitress Mar 19, 2009 06:31 AM

                                                    I had known friends that would occassionally make the drive from Boston to Portsmouth for the brunches. I couldn't imagine what would possibly make the hour-and-a-half worth it. Using the toast as an excuse for a day excursion, I feasted there one Sunday and was delighted. The food is extraordinary and vegetarian friendly, but the best part about the Toast is the 50's decor. The wall art is impeccably chosen, and everything else is the real deal from the bakalite dishware to the moddish lamps to the formica tables. And each table, and its accompanying appernatures is completely different. Heaven for cowpunks, rockabilly angels, and indie rockers -- but also for anybody else looking to experience something completely unique.


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                                                      BostonZest RE: sammalama Mar 19, 2009 07:39 AM

                                                      What was the sound like? Can you chat or is it loud with music to match the decor?

                                                      Weekend breakfast is chat time, quiet conversation time for me. Is this a place to meet friends and enjoy a good catch up on things?

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                                                        BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: BostonZest Mar 19, 2009 09:47 AM

                                                        At the Portsmouth location, it depends where you're sitting. If you're near the kitchen, you're likely to have an old Husker Du or Misfits record playing quite loudly, although even then, you don't have to shout to be heard or anything. I wouldn't call it quiet, so that might be a problem for you.

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                                                      scubajane RE: perpetual waitress Mar 19, 2009 01:03 PM

                                                      demo guys are at the old b-side location - looks like work is underway!?

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                                                        rlh RE: scubajane Mar 21, 2009 03:50 PM

                                                        Based on the article link above, it is going to be at 1 Kendall Square, right? Not the old B-side location - hopefully something good is going in there...

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                                                          jgg13 RE: rlh Mar 23, 2009 07:38 AM

                                                          If they're calling the old B-Side location "1 Kendall Sq", I'm going to be irritated. I get mad enough when people refer to "1 Kendall" generically as "Kendall Square" (which is a 5+ minute walk from 1 Kendall)

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                                                            Allstonian RE: jgg13 Mar 23, 2009 07:59 AM

                                                            According to the Herald, The Friendly Toast is going into a space at 1 Kendall Square "across from the Blue Room" - presumably the old Anise space. Whatever is going on in the B Side space, it is not the Friendly Toast.

                                                            1. re: Allstonian
                                                              Bob Dobalina RE: Allstonian Mar 23, 2009 08:10 AM

                                                              I thought it was a foregone conclusion that the B-Side was bought by the Northampton beer guy - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/588406

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                                                                jgg13 RE: Allstonian Mar 23, 2009 08:20 AM

                                                                Now that you mention it, I do remember thinking of Anise in regards to the friendly toast.

                                                                This was the second mention I've seen of TFT ending up in the old B-Side space, which had been bugging me due to the "1 kendall square" distinction.

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                                                                  glenn mcdonald RE: jgg13 Mar 25, 2009 04:54 AM

                                                                  Yes, it's the space where Anise was. Last time I peeked in, a week or so ago, the walls were painted but blank, the tables were in but no chairs, and there were piles of stickers and swizzle-sticks on the counter by the entrance, presumably on their way to being decor. So they might actually be more or less on schedule for an opening in April. Although my birthday, the 4th, is looking a little optimistic...

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                                                          julieapfel RE: perpetual waitress Mar 23, 2009 09:06 AM

                                                          For some reason I thought that this place was going in the old B-Side location. Does anyone know what is going there? I miss B-side

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                                                            shopgirl_07 RE: julieapfel Mar 23, 2009 04:05 PM

                                                            Just saw this thread. I'm originally from Portsmouth so I've spent many a late night and Sunday morning at the Friendly Toast. Service has never been one of it's strong suits, but it never really bothered me as the food and atmosphere are fab.

                                                            Last time I went for a Sat lunch with my mother, it wasn't too busy. The food took over an hour, the waiter was nowhere to be found, when I did find him and ask about our food, he mumbled something and ran away. Finally came back and literally threw our plates on the table. Food was, of course, cold. The kicker was, as I was getting ready to pay, he came back and asked me out! It was so weird. I told my mother I was ready to give it a break for a while.

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                                                              Blumie RE: shopgirl_07 Mar 25, 2009 06:43 AM

                                                              So, how'd the date go?

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                                                                shopgirl_07 RE: Blumie Mar 26, 2009 07:14 AM

                                                                It didn't. I ran out of there like I was on fire.

                                                          2. erinire RE: perpetual waitress Mar 26, 2009 07:42 AM

                                                            I've never been to Friendly Toast, but it sounds awesome - ESPECIALLY with the demise of B-Side brunch! That said: does anybody else think the Anise space is cursed? I've been going to Kendall fairly regularly over the years, and nothing in that particular building seems to stick.

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                                                              djd RE: erinire Apr 1, 2009 08:58 AM

                                                              I thought the Kendall Café space was cursed when it went through only one, barely opened restaurant in the three? four? years after the old place closed, but Hungry Mother has evidently proved me wrong.

                                                              As for the Friendly Toast, I have only one question: how late will it stay open?? The Skillet Doux blogger is moving to Boston and asked about late-night options. Somehow I'd managed to forget, for my own happiness, the dearth of them.

                                                            2. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: perpetual waitress Apr 2, 2009 06:26 PM

                                                              Allstonian and I were in Portsmouth this afternoon. Although the FT there is closed for renovations (back up this weekend, they hope), we ran into an employee out back as we were going back to our car: she said they're looking at May 1 for an opening date, fingers crossed.

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                                                                Tir_na_nOg RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps May 2, 2009 11:54 AM

                                                                Any update on when The Friendly Toast in Kendall Sq will open?

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                                                                  erinire RE: Tir_na_nOg May 3, 2009 06:39 AM

                                                                  My husband and I were at one Kendall yesterday... looks like it shouldn't be long! the front area and bar are almost finished, it seems, and the back is stocked with chairs, tables, glassware, and weird-ass statues. I can't wait!

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                                                                    air RE: erinire May 10, 2009 02:00 PM

                                                                    Do you guys know if it has opened?

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                                                                      Gabatta RE: air May 10, 2009 02:08 PM

                                                                      Not yet, seems like very soon though.

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                                                                        newyorker1 RE: Gabatta May 11, 2009 11:01 AM

                                                                        I heard second-hand that it will be this Wed...

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                                                                glenn mcdonald RE: perpetual waitress May 16, 2009 10:54 AM

                                                                I walked by early this morning (Saturday, ~9am), and the place looked entirely ready. Tables set, "coming soon" sign off the door. Wouldn't surprise me if they're serving this very moment, a thought that makes me very hungry.

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                                                                  BJK RE: glenn mcdonald May 16, 2009 11:24 AM

                                                                  I called last night and asked if they'd be open this weekend and they said "not until next week." Didn't have a firm date and suggested I call back again to confirm before I head down.

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                                                                    umeditor RE: BJK May 16, 2009 03:17 PM

                                                                    I just called ((617) 621-1200) and they said they'll be opening tomorrow at 7 am. I can't wait!

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                                                                      BostonCookieMonster RE: umeditor May 17, 2009 07:38 AM

                                                                      It's open! Just had a breakfast that couldn't be beat!!

                                                                      Was about 1/3 full when we got there around 9 on a rainy Sunday morning, 20-minute wait by the time we left a little after 10.

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                                                                        KingCarnivore RE: BostonCookieMonster May 17, 2009 09:24 AM

                                                                        anyone know what their hours are? are they open for dinner? breakfast for dinner...mmmmm...

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                                                                          MC Slim JB RE: KingCarnivore May 17, 2009 09:50 AM

                                                                          They still have their training wheels on, not the complete menu. I think they're open till 3pm today. A quality greasy breakfast.


                                                                2. enhF94 RE: perpetual waitress May 17, 2009 10:04 AM

                                                                  Haven't been to the original, but enjoyed the scene and food this morning! It's full of kitch (reminding me of Louisville's Lynn's Paradise Café), and the waitstaff said "this is only the beginning; they'll add more as time passes."
                                                                  Had a very nice Anadama bread french toast, while DC had a nicely-finished omelet with entire strips of bacon in it. They're still finishing the basement kitchen, so the signature home fries are *not* available yet; they had "non-signature" homefries with a little heat to them. Staff seemed laid-back and eager to work out the kinks, and interested in good service while asking for a little patience, which we gave.

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                                                                    glenn mcdonald RE: perpetual waitress May 17, 2009 10:18 AM

                                                                    Yum. Walked the 1 block from my house this morning, in what I am pleased to suspect is going to be a very quickly familiar ritual. Funny scene with a huge crowd of waiters being trained, and presumably a similar huge crowd of cooks in the kitchen taking turns with the spatulas. "2/3rds" of the full menu, a note claimed, but that's still longer than most other places'. Yummy waffle, yummy eggs, yummy toast. Kendall Square just became a better neighborhood!

                                                                    1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: perpetual waitress May 17, 2009 10:29 AM

                                                                      Has anyone familiar with the original been yet? I'm wondering if beloved menu items like Green Eggs and Ham (toasted anadama, country ham, poached eggs and herb mayonnaise) and the Almond Joy Cakes (pancakes with almonds, coconut and chocolate chips) have made the trek south. It would be a bitter disappointment if there was a Friendly Toast so nearby but they didn't have my Green Eggs and Ham.

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                                                                      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                                                                        MC Slim JB RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps May 17, 2009 11:25 AM

                                                                        Both of those dishes are on the Cambridge menu.


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                                                                        ChocolateMilkshake RE: perpetual waitress May 18, 2009 05:39 AM

                                                                        Serious Eats posted a "First Look" of it today. It looks as good as the original.

                                                                        1. hiddenboston RE: perpetual waitress May 18, 2009 06:57 AM

                                                                          I took a quick look at the place yesterday (didn't eat there, though, as I was on my way to Jimmy's Steer House in Arlington). Definitely a quirky, offbeat looking place.

                                                                          One note: They will not be open 24 hours on the weekends. According to one of the workers there, they will be open until 1:00 AM on weekends, and serving food until 10:00 PM.

                                                                          1. Eatin in Woostah RE: perpetual waitress Jun 14, 2009 09:00 AM

                                                                            My DC and I dropped in for dinner last night. We went early (6:30) in order to make a 7:30 movie, and it was pretty empty. Maybe four other tables of people.

                                                                            Loved the atmosphere, and everyone was really friendly. We had the spinach dip to start. Chips were nice and hot, and the dip had a really good jalepeno kick. My husband thought it was a little too vinegar-y, but I enjoyed it.

                                                                            We weren't thrilled with our meals, though. He had the chorizo burrito. I tried it and thought it tasted yummy, but it had a strong orange note that after a few bites he found overwhelming. I ordered the Mr. Hegel (sp?) sandwich - grilled cheese with pickles, dijon, and horseradish. The bread anc cheese were wonderful, but I would have liked it more without so much horseradish. I could only eat half because it was sort of overpowering. The fries were good, though. Not the crappy battered/frozen type you find in so many places - they seemed like they may have been hand-cut.

                                                                            I had a North by Northwest cocktail - fruit puree with two types of rum. Very sweet but delish, and went well with the kitschy atmosphere. Would have been perfect if served in a tikki head.

                                                                            We both agreed it's probablly much better for breakfast items, and we'll probably get breakfast next time. We'll definitely be back - anyplace that serves breakfast all day, plays Pixies albums and has old Chuck Taylor Converse ads on the walls needs to stay open.

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