Hello everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful week. I have quite a bit of traveling coming up…which means crazy schedules and lots of (hopefully!) delicious gluten free foods. For now, it’s time for another restaurant review. I somehow forgot to publish this review on a fantastic place right in the Back Bay area of Boston, MA. I stumbled upon this place when I was desperately hungry during my conference there. And I managed to eat there three times in the course of 2.5 days. That’s how much I loved it! So here are the details on the Friendly Toast…
Locations: Cambridge, MA (1 Kendall Square b3101), Back Bay, MA (35 Stanhope St), and Portsmouth, NH (113 Congress Street).
Food: This restaurant serves breakfast ALL DAY LONG. It is a perfect comfort food when traveling. Even better? SO MANY GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS! The first night I arrived in Boston, I was pretty hungry and nervous for presenting the next day. Naturally, this meant I was craving comfort food, particularly something bread-y. I was surprised to find that the Friendly Toast carries gluten free bread and has pancakes! They can pretty much make any flavor gluten free (except pumpkin and multi-grain I believe). Importantly, this place UNDERSTANDS celiac disease. In addition to offering a whole array of gluten free options, this place takes tons of precautions to prevent cross contamination. The last thing I wanted to do was get glutened when sharing a bathroom with a roommate so I was VERY happy to hear that they have separate pans and utensils for gluten free. AKA the gluten free pancakes and grilled bread do NOT touch the same surface as gluten. Celiac heaven here! I LOVED their chocolate chip pancakes. They were so fluffy yet dense and kept me full for hours. The restaurant was also very accommodating for modifying items to be gluten free. My second time visiting, I was able to get an omelette with a side of home fries (AKA potatoes). Usually this dish comes with toast (gluten free upon request) but I had mentioned to the staff earlier that I haven’t had french toast since I was diagnosed with celiac. They offered to make me special gluten free french toast!!! DELICIOUS! I’m pretty sure you can easily get sandwiches and non-breakfast items made gluten free, but I was too focused on savoring the breakfast foods. Oops.
GF&G Rating: 10/10. I absolutely loved this place (as evidenced by me returning 3 times). I appreciated their understanding of celiac by changing gloves, using a dedicated cooking surface, and knowing the ingredients. The staff made me feel welcomed and not a burden. I had so many options to choose from and had a hard time picking. The food was also very reasonably priced. I couldn’t even finish the pancakes in one sitting. Great quality, great atmosphere, great experiences. Highly recommend.
Have you tried the Friendly Toast yet?
**Please note that this review solely reflects my own honest opinion. I was neither paid nor compensated for my visit here. Also, kitchen protocols and menus can change at any time. Make sure to speak to the staff at any restaurant before eating to make sure that they can accommodate your dietary restriction.**