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Friendly Toast, Sabur, and Cabots- have in common?

Heathen & Spells | Nov 22, 2004 01:50 PM

what these 3 wonderful restaurants have in common is that I heard about all of them from watching the Phantom Gourmet- The friendly toast (Portsmouth, NH- I will describe here further on) I only heard of from the P.G., Sabur I heard of from both P.G. and this site but there is something about actually seeing the rest. for yourself- seeing the space and what the dishes look like, and more being able to feel the ambiance than just a verbal description (though most chowhoundies describe things very well indeed!), and Cabots (West Newton lunchplace-soda fountain) I had been wanting to go to for ages and seeing it on P.G. kicked me in the butt to make sure that my husband and I actually went (it is a hard thing for it is by the BLue Ribbon in West Newton- and once I start thinking re their pulled pork sandwiches it is exceedingly hard to have the will power to not go there instead, as it is when we went to Cabots[which is absolutely splendid- fountain treats - the best chicken salad club in the planet, and their burger melt- oh my!- they also seem to have later hours than they used to- they are closed Mondays but other than that open from 7 a.m.- 11p.m.] we did make the requisite stop and pick up a loaf of Irish Soda bread w/raisins at the celtic crust next to the Blue Ribbon- again hard to not also pick up BBQ from them...)...Now to the Friendly Toast: 50s kitsch decoration inc. what looks like a plaster- of- paris cross bet. Santa Claus and Degas' dancer- yes, resembles Santa in a tutu! The food actually reminds me of the former Pentimento (Huron Ave, Cambridge)- breakfast all day- green eggs and ham, almond joy pancakes- lots of different home-made breads- huge portions and inexpensive- cheap eats ala "Globe" from the mid-80s- soda fountain, pies which we did not get to portions so humungous- a must to get and my husband and I got as an app.- could be gotten as a side w/ very creative sandwiches/burritos(inc. one with smoked salmon, brie, cucumbers)- of New Orleans sweet potato fries-I can't wax inane anough about these treats!- crisp thin -type s.p. fries pre-soaked in tabasco prior to frying, served with brown sugar liberally sprinkled in gentle crytaline chunks all over the huge plate of deep orange fries, w/ a generous dollup of wonderful fresh seeming sour cream ( might be from local area farm- they had apple cider from NH farm, and they noted that their veggie chili was not vegan- thay have many alternatives to their incredible seeming burgers)- this is among the most addictive treats on the planet! There are big bottles of tabasco on the table and splashing on a bit of the pure perky sauce ahh the sweet cringly fries already with the tabasco slight burn- rather like a kiss and the also cringly and sweet brown sugar and then the sour cream ( the only thing that can break the capsicum layer-the bond that is formed molecularly bet the spicy-hot pepper and ones tongue/mouth is dairy. This is one reason that Mexican food is trad. served with sour cream- also because dairy plus corn equals a complimentary protein that one can digest and use well, both reasons that the cuisine and many other world cuisines evolved this way: tastyness and healthness rewarding a cuisine)- it is truly a magnificent dish! The friendly toast as well as normal weekday hours they are open from fri-sun 9 p.m.the feeling that my husband and I had about the place is that they make everything well- the poached eggs on my juevos rancheros was perfect- with excellent ingredients and for bet $6-8 per entrees and most people were leaving with take-out containers. We absolutely should have a place like this in Central Sq. Cambridge- please will somebody open up such a place? (the no longer open Johny's luncheonette was close but not really because I didn't like the taste of some of their food but also they were preachy- subbing healthier options for the trad. and they told you about this on the menu- whereas the Toast merely lists their menu choices and letting people know whether it is vegan fare, and giving plenty of options) One more thing- they are on Congress st. Portsmouth, NH- if you go to the back there is a parking lot and in the back it merely says "Toast", the front says the Friendly Toast- just a very cool and wonderful place that I wish was closer to Boston/Cambridge!

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