The folks at Chowhound report that a second branch of the Portsmouth, N.H., institution is scheduled to open in April at 1 Kendall Square.
This is great news, because boy could we use more good breakfast places in these parts. Think of it: a rainy Sunday, head to the Friendly Toast for almond joy pancakes; spicy mashed potatoes topped with chorizo and fried eggs, served with toasted homemade bread; the Vegan Valhalla wrap (tortilla stuffed with sesame tofu, portobellos, brown rice, spinach, and tahini dressing) or the Mission Burrito; and maybe a chaser of sweet potato fries with brown sugar, Tabasco, and sour cream. Slurp mojito milkshake, various flavors of cocoa, or an alcoholic beverage. (Seacoast Online reports there will be a full bar.) Then roll out of the restaurant -- decorated with retro dinette sets, mannequins, '50s lamps, tacky wall art, and rubber cow heads -- and into a matinee.
As far as I'm concerned, that's a Sunday that can't happen soon enough.
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