The Friendly Toast
Grilled Cornbread, Grilled Blueberry Muffin, Grilled Biscuit
Coconut Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Monte Cristo on Oatmeal French Toast with Strawberry Jalapeno Jam
Planning to spend much of the day in Providence, though breakfast plans turned to Boston for an early start, suffice it to say that nothing could have prepared our group for the disaster that was The Friendly Toast in Back Bay where the only thing less inspiring than the service may have been the food itself.
Apparently part of a small chain, additional locations found in Portsmouth and Cambridge, The Friendly Toast purports a “family friendly atmosphere with a unique menu featuring locally sourced ingredients” and although the latter may be true to some extent, the former seems to mean ‘loud and understaffed, with several of the waitresses barely capable of smiling or filling a glass of water.’
Seated close to the door, one part due to the place being quite busy and additionally to avoid a few large tables that seemed to be chasing the night prior despite it being only Thursday, it was shortly after opening menus that the waitress first stopped by to collect drink orders and with coffee and water both filled by a different staff member it was nearly twenty minutes before an order was placed, empty glasses completely ignored in the process which necessitated a trip to the bar with my coffee mug, another unhelpful young woman refusing service and instead suggesting she would “tell the waiter.”
Acknowledging the crowd, not to mention a conversation overhead near the timeclock about two persons running late, it was nonetheless ten more minutes before a second woman was flagged down to refill beverages, our ‘designated’ server returning with food perhaps fifteen minutes thereafter…only to have botched the order.
At this point half-amused by the mediocrity, Grilled Cornbread just fine while both the Blueberry Muffin and Biscuit were so dry that one wondered if they were day-old, the Lobster Benedict served on Toast was perhaps the menu’s loan savior as an ample amount of tender meat was found beneath two poached eggs and respectable Hollandaise, the Coconut Chocolate Chip Pancakes a touch dry even before adding pure Maple Syrup brought from elsewhere while the late-arriving Monte Cristo was simply set down without an apology or description, the presentation just fine for an unfried version, though the Housemade Jam offered very little in the way of heat amidst the over-sweetened strawberry flavor.