Food & Drink

Friendly Toast

Sure 7-11's great when you want to sit on your couch at 4am, shaming yourself in front of God via Easy Cheese, but what about when you want to late-night shame yourself in front of other people? For those times, hit Friendly Toast

The Kendall Square spinoff of the cult Portsmouth favorite, FT's Fri/Sat 24-hr, 150-seat full-service diner featuring a 22-seat bar, front lounge, and two dining areas adorned w/ lime green walls, hunter green vinyl seats and booths, and an exquisite overload of kitsch art, vintage Levi's posters, old ice cream truck menus, and a statue of what's probably Mayor McCheese's brother. The menu's a sauced man's nirvana w/ 9oz Hereford beef burgers (cheddar, avocado & olive garlic spread, bleu cheese w/ fried onion strings) and a crazy range of sandwiches like the Mexican Melt (cayenne cheddar, marinated chicken, avocado-lime sauce), The Gooey (pressed tortilla w/ bbq, cheese, onion-smothered roast beef), and the cayenne cheddar bread/American & cheddar/olive garlic spread/side o' strawberry habenero dipping sauced Damn Good Grilled Cheese -- a name that doesn't do nearly enough to distinguish it from other grilled cheeses. To break your fast, they've got poached Green Eggs and Ham w/ herb sauce, plus other egg scrambles like the Sunrise (corn chips, jalapeno-jack cheese, roasted corn salsa), Sklarmageddon (sausage, bacon, ham, red chile pecans, jalapeno-jack, and Swiss), and the goat cheese/asparagus/bacon New Hampshire's Finest, obviously not sworn to protect and serve against bad pee smell

If you're a nosher, they've also got apps like Guinness-Battered Onion Rings, Cheesy Fries, and Spinach Dip, and plan on adding four more pages to the menu a week from now, which will reveal the ultimate shame -- you never learned to read!