We had a great breakfast at the Friendly Toast in Portsmouth the morning of the 4th of July. We did the online wait system (a must!) and only had to wait about 5 more minutes after checking in to the restaurant. Everyone’s food was great, and they were especially accommodating for my celiac (gluten free) daughter who enjoyed her chocolate chip pancakes and eggs made on a separate cooktop. We do wish they had real maple syrup and our waitress seemed a bit hasty however.
Friendly Toast was my favorite breakfast spot before my Celiac diagnosis and remains my favorite now! So many great options and they always take the extra measures to prepare it safely.
— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu
I ordered gluten free blueberry pancakes and confirmed with the waitress about the allergy and I received normal pancakes. I got sick after because I ate them without realizing.
It’s nice that they have options, but after I told the waitress I had celiac they brought out my eggs Benedict with normal bread as the base. This is an easy mistake but I was the one that noticed and the waitress told me she had to instruct the chef not to just switch out the bread which is what they had been planning to do. She made sure they made it over again from scratch. They don’t take allergies/celiac as seriously as I had hoped from reading the previous comments, but the waitress was awesome and very accommodating. They also use almond milk in their gf pancakes so due to a nut allergy I couldn’t have those either, just as an FYI
This place was AMAZING! They specifically asked if I had an allergy and didn't make me feel guilty or uncomfortable at all. They changed the batter, cleaned the griddle, changed gloves and equipment, etc. I sat at the bar and could see into the kitchen - they did great! The bartender was awesome too. I ordered the French toast made with GF bread and carmelized bananas. It came out faster than I expected and it was delicious. No symptoms after. I'll be back for sure.
Such good service! Asked about allergy vs preference. We were so glad this was our first stop in Portsmouth!
The pancakes were good, fluffy and large. I had gf avocado toast. They have the stick labels for gf food, and asked specifically if it was an allergy. I feel like they make a good effort, but hours later I find myself with a stomach ache. As a celiac, I would say be aware of a shared kitchen and shared surfaces. There is a chance it will effect those that are sensitive.
I wanted to like this place. But it fell short in multiple ways. I’m generally forgiving of that if I have a safe meal. However, while the blueberry pancakes were delicious (with the exception of a couple of bites tasting like body odor, what?!?), I’m not sure they were entirely safe as I felt some sickness after eating.
Never have I waited so long for breakfast . Was told 30-45 minute wait . We waited a little over an hour and then it literally took an hour and a half to get our food . 50 dollars a walk to the meter to put more money in and a cranky child later we left . Pancakes were good but if that is how the service always is I wont be going back.
So amazing! Have a ton of gf options and have a dedicated grill! I got eggs, toast, pancakes, bacon, and homefries and felt great! Love love love this cute place
Food is fine but not safe for celiacs
This was my spot when I was in college. Fast forward 15 years, I'm in town visiting, and now I can't eat gluten or most grains. Their gluten free pancakes are delicious and also free of corn flour/starch. I don't know about preparation, but they did make sure to bring my food out separately from my husband's. Glad I came back!
Every time the staff was knowledgeable and took their time to provide a safe meal.
My son ordered gf chocolate chip pancakes and he raved about them. Staff understand celiac and the need to not cross-contaminate. Great find!
dedicated gluten free grill. GF pancakes that are yummy. they take it seriously.
Prices were high. Food was average. There was leftover vomit from the person before where my mom was sitting. Staff was knowledgable about celiac disease and the menu items containing gluten. Menu didn't openly list what had gluten or not so had to ask.
I love the smoked salmon eggs Benedict!! They seemed knowledgeable when I discussed what was safe to eat. The gluten free bread was pretty good too.
Busy place and less than friendly staff. Food was okay, limited gluten free options. They were familiar with cross contamination, which is always a plus!
Great place! I had the gluten free pancakes with bacon. There home fries are the best I've had and loved the atmosphere! Definitely go back!
Not great communication. Home fries are not GF apparently, nor are their corn tortillas, which was not communicated to me. They will make substitutions without telling you. Could have made what was served to me as a substitution at home for a lot less trouble.
amazing! breakfast is always an issue for celiac and this menu was huge. from pancakes to omlets to eggs benedict to blood marys! staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. if my waistline could handle it is would eat here everyday. didn't have lunch but again a huge menu and I would be comfortable eating here.
Nice pancakes!! But we didn't like the rest so much. The restaurant seemed not that nice and clean, staff was ok, coffee was really bad.
The staff is well aware of Celiac Disease, they have pans designated for gluten free cooking, and they are conscious of cross contamination in the kitchen. The manager came over after we ordered and explained their kitchen procedure. They do have Udi's gluten free toast, though I stuck with eggs and home made corned beef hash.
Fantastic meal! I had a New Hampshire's Finest scramble, which was eggs with goat cheese, asparagus, bacon, and scallions. It came with home fries and gluten free toast. (I don't eat toast, so I ordered it without) The chef came out and told me that he was using all new pans and had a non contaminated cooking area. The waitress was very attentive. Highly recommended!
The wait staff is highly educated about Celiac. They have a separate grill for GF cooking. The wait staff gives your order to the manager who then gives it to the cooks! Fabulous system for safe eating.
Super tasty food, knowledgeable staff, udi's bread, and an interesting atomsphere! Overall, one of my favorite restaurants. (There is also one in Cambridge, Ma)