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The Friendly Toast

1 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 621-1200
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Ranked #21 of 535 restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $1 - $15
Cuisines: American, Diner
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Raleigh, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Omelette with bacon, ham, pepper jack, and PECANS. Wonderful home fries and what can only be described as King Sized Texas toast. Great atmosphere. Great find while on business in Beantown.

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This is a great place in East Cambridge. New went for breakfast and I got the biscuits and gravy which were great. I could only finish half and I'm normally the one going for fourths at the Chinese buffet. The sliced potatoes that came with it were spicy and incredible. I'd come back just for those potatoes. My girlfriend got... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Ok, so let me put this in context. Having been to this cool, hip, funky and quirky restaurant before, I was comfortable going on a weekend night just prior to St Patricks Day. The place was jammed and our waitress managed the order and all of us with aplomb and a great smile. Of course I should have gone with... More

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

The food and service was so good I visited twice! the pancakes are amazing and huge! I definitely recommend the blueberry ones!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

My wife and I visited Boston in late February, and we stayed in the downtown area. Surprisingly, we had trouble finding a good restaurant nearby serving a full, American breakfast, so we ended up traveling out to the Cambridge area, near MIT, to this restaurant. We ended up being very thankful, as it was probably the best breakfast experience we... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

The brunch food and drinks are great - spicy bloody mary's and sweet mimosas hit the spot. nom nom nom

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

This place is very tasty, their menu is huge, the decor is fun to stare at, and you can pretty much be guaranteed to get two meals out of one serving - their portions are huge!

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New York City, New York
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Yes, the wait for this place is often insane but it's worth it. A lot of times they call you earlier than your quote so don't go too far. Sometimes you'll get in even faster if you're in a group of two. I've never had a bad meal, in the numerous times I've been here. I'm no longer a T... More

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Pepperell, Massachusetts
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

My sister and I stumbled upon this gem while looking for a brunch spot. The food was great! Fresh homemade breads were the high light as well as the house special hash browns and enormous portions! It was a little crowded but retro-décor, the rock music playing in the background and the excellent service more than made up for it!!

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Glenside, PA
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25 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Of course, the kitschy decor is terrific. Service was friendly and competent. I had biscuits and gravy which was the best I've ever had. So GOOD! My companion's pancake was so big it just about fit on the plate. Not that large = good, but this pancake was divine. My only complaint is that I waited so long to go... More

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