In mid January The Friendly Toast opened their third location in the Back Bay. The Friendly Toast opened a second location in Kendall Square a few years back not long after the original owners sold both locations to Eric Goodwin and Scott Pulver in October 2013. At the time, the new owners said they planned to open new restaurants in other locations under the Friendly Toast name. The Friendly Toast Back Bay is the first of these other locations to open.
Located on Stanhope Street, the restaurant opens early on the weekends at 8AM and weekdays at 7AM. The kitschy decor associated with The Friendly Toast is in full effect here with formica tables packed close together and barely a square foot of empty wall space.
The menu includes a lot of decadent treats from the “Sweet Stuff” section of their menu like, Coconut Cakes made with shredded coconut and chocolate chips drizzled with coconut sauce and topped with crushed pecans; and the Caribbean Waffles that is topped with caramelized bananas and crushed pecans. Healthier options are available in their “Fit and Friendly” section of the menu but this isn’t really the place to come for healthy eating.
Sergio and I focused on some more traditional options for breakfast. My order of Huevos Rancheros (shown above) came with two poached eggs buried under a small mountain of melted cheddar, avocado and fresh salsa and resting on thick anadama bread.
Sergio surprised me by forgoing his usual French Toast and getting a breakfast sandwich, which unfortunately didn’t photograph very well. Both breakfasts were best described as mezza mezza. Based on my experience, I would suggest The Friendly Toast is probably best for those with families looking for large portions and good price points. For me, the one time visit is sufficient to check it off the list, but I do wish the location much luck and future success.
Note that the early opening time and affordable price points makes this a favorite destination for families.
The Friendly Toast
35 Stanhope Street in the Back Bay