Review: The Friendly Toast, Portsmouth, NH

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | December 31st, 2010 | Restaurant Reviews

Over Thanksgiving weekend, my husband and I took a quick overnight trip to Portsmouth.  We love visiting this ocean community as there are many adorable shops and a wide array of restaurants.  We have spent several delightful evenings here, enjoying the amazing queso at Agave.

On our last stay in Portsmouth, we enjoyed a hearty breakfast at Roundabout Diner before heading home.  This time we decided to try something new to us and chose The Friendly Toast.  Located a short half-mile walk from our hotel, we were there in no time.  Although it was 9:30 on a Sunday morning, we were the second party in line for a table.  We were seated within two minutes of our arrival, which was a delightful surprise.

From the start, our service was pleasant and timely.  We were given menus and our coffee orders were taken promptly.  The menu had amazing offerings, with such unique dishes that deciding was not easy.  How often do you find omelets that have cashews or pancakes with coconut?  Although I can have difficulty deciding between the sweetness of pancakes and the savory flavor of omelets, it was easier for me because most of their unique pancakes had chocolate in them.  Not really enjoying chocolate, I was able to eliminate those dishes quickly.

However, that didn’t make my decision all that easy.  There were so many original egg creations that I had to eliminate one by one until I made my final choice, New Hampshire’s Finest.  An egg scramble that was filled with locally made goat cheese, asparagus, scallions, and bacon, it was incredible.  The goat cheese was creamy with a nice bite, the asparagus and scallions gave a fresh flavor, and the bacon was crisp- a perfect combination.  It was served with homefries and toast.  I have to confess that I didn’t eat the homefries, as there was so much other food on my plate, and when I stack ranked my food, the toast and scramble had higher priority.  As for the toast, to say the slice was thick is an understatement.  The toast was so thick that I sliced it in half, making it thinner, because there was too much there for my appetite.  (I ate the buttered half and offered the plain side to my husband.)  Once cut to a manageable size, I found the whole wheat toast to be quite nice.

My husband thought the menu was just as challenging as I did with all of the options but settled on the Sklarmageddon, an omelet that was filled with sausage, bacon, ham, red-chile pecans, jalapeno jack and swiss cheese.  It was supposed to have been topped with a zesty maple sour cream, but my husband chose to have it on the side.  He did enjoy the cream but also liked being able to add as little or as much as he liked.  Having a bigger appetite than mine, he was able to eat his homefries (and mine, too) and found them to be quite tasty with a nice amount of seasoning.  While his toast was cut as thickly as mine, he was able to manage to eat his slice in its entirety.  He ordered the cayenne-cheddar bread and enjoyed the flavors of this bread very much.

The Friendly Toast was a great choice for our breakfast.  Filled with hearty foods, we were ready for another day of exploring and shopping.  With such friendly and efficient service, it made our day start with a smile.

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