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food_lubber Apr 12, 2010 07:23 AM

Headed to the Friendly Toast in Cambridge this week. I know the menu is extensive, but I was hoping some of you could help me by pointing me in the right direction on my final selection, I like everything, so any suggestions are helpful! I know they are known for their Almond Joy pancakes...are they really worth the calories???

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The Friendly Toast
1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

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    ginafly Jun 14, 2010 09:32 AM

    Drunkard's French Toast.

    1. litchick Jun 10, 2010 07:50 PM

      Dude. Friendly Toast: WTF?? I've been now several times and I just cannot stand the hipper than thou attitude. I always walk away feeling that the servers spend more time mentally planning tomorrow's carefully disheveled outfits than actually doing the job of waitstaff.

      I actually like the food, and it sure is convenient to Kendall Cinema, but cripes this place irritates the bejeezus outta me. Tonight they served me a beer in a lowball glass. For $8. WTF??? Gah!

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      The Friendly Toast
      1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

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        allgimbel Jun 11, 2010 04:10 AM

        Yup. Went there for a birthday lunch for a work colleague in March.

        I'll go for an early brunch some day just to sample the offerings, but essentially, my thought was, "They're trying way too hard in all the wrong areas."

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        Gabatta Apr 29, 2010 09:34 AM

        This thread probably got the Toast on my brain and I ventured back there for the first time on over 6 months. Unfortunately it was more of the same old. I have no idea why, but that kitchen simply can't turn out the food fast enough, and the food quality & service is not nearly good enough to make it worth waiting nearly an hour for an omelette.

        We arrived around 9am on Sat and were seated immediately. The restaurant was only about half full. It took 10+ min after being seated for our next contact from the waitress. She was friendly enough, but the service was not good. Wary from past experiences we ordered immediately. 40 minutes later our simple breakfasts came out. My Huevos Rancheros were cold, and they forgot the side of salsa with my wife's omelette (par for the course with any special order there). After we had finished eating we waited 15 min for a check as the waitress had mysteriously disappeared.

        To top it all off, we were overcharged for both breakfast entrees. I regularly check menu to bill prices since MC Slim pointed this out some time ago (thanks a lot, now I am obsessed with this).

        Unfortunately, this place is far below the standard of the Portsmouth location which we quite enjoy (it is a bit slow as well, but at least they can get the damn eggs out hot). The Friendly Toast is now off our list for good, we won't be back unless friends drag us there, and even the we will push for an alternative.

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        The Friendly Toast
        121 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

        1. amatuerfoodie Apr 21, 2010 11:22 PM

          I've only been to the one in Portsmouth, and I've been going there since I was 17, so for 6 years. And I still love the place.
          I've never ordered any of the sweeter things because I'm a savory kind of person but I love:

          The french melt but I always get it with chicken instead of ham.
          Vegan valhalla was great
          NH's finest

          those are prob my top 3 "specialty" items I like, but I like the make my own grilled cheese I've gotten it with brie, tomato and red onion on their cheddar cayenne. so good, as well as their clubs.

          Must order are their Cheesy fries with the strawberry habnero dip =)

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            pollystyrene Apr 12, 2010 08:45 PM

            I love their blueberry pancakes, and don't find them to be sweeter than any other pancakes I've had. I liked the french toast, but less than the pancakes because the bread is so thick it doesn't soak up the egg mixture all the way through. I also thought the egg part of the omelette I had was way too thick. But I Iike the feel of the place, along with the pancakes.

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              awhitehouse Apr 12, 2010 06:39 PM

              I love the Almond Joy pancakes, but as it's been said in here, it's for people with a huge sweet tooth only.
              And the insane slices of Anadama toast are fantastic!

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                nickls Apr 12, 2010 02:25 PM

                I usually get the basic breakfast which is eggs and toast with home fries. The anadama, cayenne cheddar, and raisin bread are all good. If you get scrambled eggs they usually give you more like 4 eggs instead of 2.

                I also liked the Mexican Mashed which Allstonian mentioned, with the mased sweet potatoes and sausage. I ate 3/4 of what they gave me and skipped lunch due to not being at all hungry.

                The food doesn't blow me away, but I enjoy going to the Toast every once in a while. And when the home fries are nice and browned and properly spiced they are delicious.

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                  Pemmican Apr 12, 2010 09:17 AM

                  I am afraid I must join the "underwhelmed" chorus here. I would second (third?) the recc to stick with the savory side and deem the pancakes not worth the caloric hit. I would also steer clear of their coffee--cocoa seems to be of the Swiss Miss-prepared-with-water ilk despite menu claims...

                  1. Allstonian Apr 12, 2010 08:29 AM

                    While I'm very fond of pancakes/waffles/french toast, I'm not all that keen on those items at the Friendly Toast because they're too over-the-top for me - specifically, I don't actually care for the Almond Joy pancakes, which are *very* sweet. I keep meaning to try the Hansel & Gretel waffle (gingerbread!) and the Caribbean waffle (pecans in the waffle topped with caramelized bananas.) The one sweet thing I really love there is a side order of cinnamon toast made with their cinnamon-raisin bread, but overall I far prefer their savory

                    I much prefer their savory offerings. In particular, BarmyFotheringayPhipps and I are both EXTREMELY fond of the Green Eggs and Ham, poached eggs on toasted anadama bread with sliced ham, topped with a delicious herbed mayonnaise sauce. Also quite good without the ham.

                    As a matter of fact, we ate at the Portsmouth, NH location on Friday, and I went for something I hadn't had before - I can't recall the menu name, but it was scrambled eggs on top of chipotle-spiced mashed sweet potato, sausage patty, and cheddar-jalapeno toast, garnished with a mango mayonnaise. Very tasty indeed, although another time I think I'd actually have them hold the sausage patty or serve it on the side; it kind of got lost.

                    I've also quite liked a couple of their omelets - I've had the herb one and one called New Hampshire's Finest with goat cheese, asparagus, scallions, & bacon.

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                      teezeetoo Apr 12, 2010 08:40 AM

                      i always want to like this place more than I do. Their pancakes are too sweet for me and their portions are overwhelming. That said, I prefer their egg dishes, and agree on the Green Eggs and Ham and their toasted bread is quite good. My so and I usually order one omelet-type thing to share (I like their spicy ones) and an extra order of toast. Neither of us have ever been able to finish an individual breakfast order.

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                        Gabatta Apr 12, 2010 09:11 AM

                        Sharing is a great call. Their portions are very Cheesecake Factoryesque.

                        I like their Huevos Rancheros.

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                        BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 12, 2010 02:34 PM

                        That sweet potatoes and scrambled eggs dish is called the Ole Miss.

                        And but yes, unless you're seriously into sweets, avoid the pancake/waffle options. Better to order a savory breakfast and a side of the cinnamon toast on cinnamon-raisin bread.

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                          BJK Apr 12, 2010 05:37 PM

                          Love the Ole Miss. Pretty spicy.

                          And while I, too, find the pancakes generally too sweet, somehow the King Cakes work. Maybe the peanut butter is savory enough to balance the sweetness? The whipped cream is also excellent and clearly homemade.

                          Definitely get the sausage patty instead of the bacon on the side, though. Bacon's way too thin and crispy.

                          Kate's Tofu Scramble is very tasty, too. We sometime get a 1/2 order of it for our toddler. They'll do a 1/2 order of anything for kids.

                          And in addition to all of the other breads already recommended, if the pizza bread is available you must try it. Lots of parmesan and oregano.

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                            beetlebug Apr 12, 2010 06:15 PM

                            They do half order of the breakfasts for adults as well. I've only ordered half portions with no problems from the staff. And, it's a much more manageable plate of food.

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                              teezeetoo Apr 13, 2010 08:03 AM

                              thanks for that info! I didn't know that and it's a great option.

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                          CreativeFoodie42 Apr 22, 2010 05:58 AM

                          Like Allstonian, I also really enjoy the New Hampshire's Finest.

                          My other favorite is the Mr. Haegar, a cheddar cheese melt with dill pickles, plum tomatoes, Dijon mustard, and horseradish mayonnaise. It is served on grilled oatmeal bread but I usually substitute for the cayenne cheddar bread. I also substitute the side of chips with a side of homefries.

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                          precia Apr 12, 2010 08:13 AM

                          I've never been to the Cambridge location, but I have enjoyed just about everything I've ever had at the Toast. My least favourite dish was the King Cakes - an Elvis sandwich in pancake form - but only because I found the chocolate chips to be overwhelming. My all time favourite item is their cayenne-cheddar bread.

                          I tend to opt for their egg based breakfast selections (so I can have that toast), but a number of my friends really love the Almond Joy pancakes as well as the Carribean waffles. And honestly? The Toast is not a place to worry about calories in. (I mean, there are plenty of calories, but there's almost no point going to the Toast if you're going to get fruit salad.)

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