Happy Friday!! One of the best parts about Fridays? knowing that the next two days mean brunch! (after all, something so good shouldn’t be reserved only for Sunday 😉 ) Whether you’re vegan/vegetarian, a health nut, meat lover, or love nothing better than a stack of pancakes and side of fried eggs, The Friendly Toast has you covered!
Disclaimer: all opinions are my own. I was not invited or compensated by Friendly Toast for this review.
Self-described as a “Hip retro-kitsch diner & bar dishing up hearty breakfasts, comfort classics & soda-fountain treats,” the Friendly Toast is a wacky, modern take on the classic breakfast diner. Located in Cambridge (Kendall Square area) and Boston (Back Bay) as well as now Portsmouth, NH, the Friendly Toast takes pride in offering breakfast and lunch comfort foods using locally sourced ingredients. What I loved most, besides the funky, retro-atmosphere, was the blending of classic diner staples with more hip and trendy ingredients, such as Greek yogurt in pancakes and tofu instead of eggs in a scramble. And before you write this place off as another calorie-loaded brunch spot, there is a “Fit and Friendly” menu section featuring four truly delicious-sounding options!
While I didn’t get to try all of the dishes ordered, we were all very satisfied with our meals and no one had an issue cleaning their plates 😉
I went with the Fab 5.0 sandwich off of the Fit and Friendly section, which was a sandwich made up of scrambled egg whites, kale, and smoked salmon served on toasted gluten-free bread. It also came with a fruit salad on the side with a delicious assortment of berries, pineapple, and melon. I loved the sandwich! The ratio of ingredients was perfect – no skimping on the salmon – and I really enjoyed the seasoning on the egg whites and sautéed kale.
Bry took a more classic brunch approach with his Breakfast Burrito, consisting of scrambled eggs, black beans, salsa, cheddar, and an avocado lime sauce. The best part about the burrito was the tang and sour-taste from the avocado lime sauce – a very cool update to this heavy classic! All of the fillings were well-cooked and the dish kept Bry full for hours (not an easy feat).
One friend went the same route as me and tried an item off of the Fit and Friendly section. Called “So It Ve-Gan” (very cute!), he got a tofu scramble with black beans, kale, roasted red peppers, corn salsa, salsa verde and home fries plus a side of toast (he went with the daily special: cheddar toast). It looked delicious and would also be a great breakfast-for-dinner idea to make at home . .
Our other friend was also feeling the smoked salmon and went with the Smoked Salmon Benny, which came on a slice of whole wheat toast and was covered with a beautiful hollandaise sauce and finished with a sprinkle of scallions.
My only qualm with the place was the coffee. It was a bit too strong for my taste, but Bry easily sipped down 2-3 mugs – just depends on how you like your coffee I guess 🙂 They also have some really interesting drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) that I am anxious to try out next time we go.
I highly recommend checking out The Friendly Toast this weekend! However, be prepared to wait in a long line or brunch-it-up later in the day (we went a little after 1pm and only had a 5 min wait) as they don’t accept reservations.
So here’s a toast to brunch at the Friendly Toast!
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I’ve been to the one in Portsmouth and I just noticed the Back Bay location a few weekends ago. I was actually wondering if that’s where you got the name of your blog from!
Haha no, I ended up with the blog name after a long brainstorming session with Bryan. That’s would have been much more convenient though!
It was very yummy!