I was up in Portsmouth earlier this week for the day. Had the chance to experience a few places...:
Friendly Toast: I tried to go there for breakfast, but simply couldn't tolerate the number of houseflies. They have a problem -- it couldn't possibly be sanitary how many flies there were in the restaurant. I gave it a few minutes at a booth, but was too bothered by the sight of so many flies as well as the couple of them that kept landing on my neck and water glass. I considered saying something, but certainly the workers have noticed -- so I didn't bother. I left before ordering.
Instead, I had breakfast at the Works Bakery Cafe. Totally fine breakfast sandwich on a pretty good poppy seed bagel, nice atmosphere, no flies.
Dinner and drinks at the Portsmouth Brewery. The ploughman's plate was a good start - a bit of salami, a bit of roast pork, some white mild cheese, a few cornichons... all tasty. The IPA on tap was excellent, as was the stout. The steamed mussels in ale were absolutely delicious -- full of garlic, tomato, oregano, and perfectly cooked mussels. I kept seeing people order the nachos, which looked great but would have been way too much food just for me. I would happily drive back from Boston just to spend more time at this place. Great beer selection, really interesting menu, very nice vibe, and a helpful server.
The flies in the Friendly Toast are not a sight I will forget quickly.