Portsmouth, New Hampshire
An inaugural visit to the venerable Friendly Toast can be intimidating, so you wouldn't be wrong to just shrug, point at the menu, and walk away with a perfectly great plain waffle. But this is a place to get something a little outlandish. Case in point? There's a breakfast appetizer menu. Further argument? Said menu includes breakfast egg rolls stuffed with kimchi slaw, corned beef hash, eggs, and cheese. After that, get down on the like their Sklarmageddon omelet “built to kill” with sausage, bacon, ham, red-chile pecans, jalapeño-Jack & Swiss, plus a zesty maple sour cream, or the outstanding new personal favorite, the King Cakes -- two not-very-“mini” pancakes packed with chocolate chips/bananas, slathered in peanut butter, topped with whipped cream, and surrounded by bacon. Suck it, regular waffle. But also, thank you regular waffle, for being a wonderful gateway drug.