The Friendly Toast
Weekend waits can be up to an hour, but this Kendall Square pioneer opens early and stays open late, so try an off hour and you might get lucky. Walking in is like entering a 1950s arcade — it is filled top to bottom with retro funky stuff, much of it fascinating. The fun tone carries over to the menu, too. The Hansel & Gretel Waffle is made with gingerbread and topped with pomegranate molasses and whipped cream, and then there are Green Eggs and Ham — the “green” is a light herb sauce. As for the namesake toast, you can choose from six kinds of homemade bread.
1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-621-1200, thefriendlytoast.net