1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA
- Neighborhood: Cambridge
- Hours: Mon–Thurs 8 am–10 pm, Fri-Sat 8 am–1 am, Sun 8 am–9 pm
Serving up classic comfort food and nostalgia, the best diners take you on a trip back in time — an acid trip, in the Friendly Toast’s case. Like its New Hampshire cousin, the interior of this Kendall Square brunch favorite is a hallucinogenic maelstrom of detritus from a lost age: Elsie the Cow leering from the host stand, ceramic dachshunds bearing Splenda packets, Wacky Packages embedded in the bar like fossilized insects suspended in amber. The menu is its own explosion of tasty kitsch — where else can you get a Moxie milkshake to go with your anadama toast?
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