The pancake was huge and hefty. The exterior was deceptive; the Raisinets emerged as soon as I cut into it. At first they struck me as an odd combination, but on further thought I realized that pumpkin is often combined with chocolate or raisins, so why not both at once? And I generally don't waste calories on whipped cream, but I dipped into this one and couldn't help but dip in a few more times. It was homemade and creamy, not artificially sweet. The flavors of the pancake were good, but rich, and I have to admit that, though I came close to defeating it, this single pancake edged me out with the help of the toast. The toast was thick and gently crispy with a cumulative fieriness.
anadama toast, clarified on the menu for non-New Englanders as "a New England classic, made with cornmeal and molasses." As shown here, the treasure was hidden underneath the beautiful eggs. The beans were bold and robust in flavor, not watery as black beans sometimes are, with a kick to them. It was a great delicious mess of a dish to dig through.
As the Boston Globe review notes, at a place like this, it's probably best to stick with the morning foods. The Friendly Toast was well worth my visit, probably more so because I chose not to endure a long weekend wait and instead came during a calm weekday morning. The service was friendly and the setting fun, and I hope to return for a hearty start to another day.