It’s time to discuss the most important meal of the day.
Ok, I take that back. Considering that it’s a totally optional meal, it’s not the most important meal of the day – it’s just the most PERFECT meal of the day.
especially when you have it at The Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, NH.
The Friendly Toast isn’t just a place to get brunch – it’s THE place to get brunch. It comes up over and over again in google searches, there is always a wait, and it has a menu that is less of a menu and more of an encyclopedia.
*Disclaimer – most of my pictures turned out terribly, thanks to awkward lighting. Hence, the outsourced photos.*
The interior is something out of a John Waters film. It’s a huge warehouse that is crowded with vintage posters, memorabilia, and random paraphernalia – a full sized rocking horse hung from the ceiling, anyone? Before you are allowed to sit at a Formica covered table from the 1950s, you will probably have to wait in line – that’s how popular this place is. The wait is made easier by the coffee, hot cocoa, and scones waiting for you to sample at the hostess station.
Orleans Fries – sweet potato fries topped with Tabasco and brown sugar, and served with sour cream
Hands down amazing. Somehow these fries get super crispy and stay that way beneath their sticky, sweet, spicy, and tart glaze. Yep, brown sugar and Tabasco tend to do that to a fry. It’s sweet and hot perfection, especially dipped in tangy sour cream. This may not be on the brunch menu, but it’s an awesome starchy counterpart to a very good bloody Mary – ask for some horseradish to up the spice quotient.
Ole Miss – cayenne cheddar toast topped with sausage, chipotle mashed sweet potatoes, scrambled eggs, and mango sour cream
What sick genius runs this joint? This is over the top and yet JUST enough. The homemade toast is stellar – filled with hunks of sharp cheddar and enough cayenne to make it taste zesty but not spicy. Atop that is a porky, savory sausage patty and atop that are some sweet and smoky chipotle mashed potatoes. The eggs are well scrambled, but not overly done, and topped with a fresh, vibrant sour cream that is sweet but not sugary – just enough mango to bring another facet to the meal. This really has it all. Yes, it’s extremely heavy but it’s so, so good. The pork is really important to ground the meal so you don’t just have a landmine of carbs.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Oh yeah, and there are some kick ass sweetly caramelized onion-laden breakfast potatoes alongside, too.
Chocolate chips, peanut butter, bananas, whipped cream. and bacon.
All together. Nutty and creamy and porky and banana-y.
In pancakes. Fluffy on the inside, crispy on the edges, pancakes.
I’m all shook up.
This meal is more than most in Portsmouth, but is so worth the price. The portions are huge, the staff is competent (not to say amazing), and the food…is…memorable.
Hands down the best meal of our little getaway.
Hands down the perfect way to have the perfect meal.