New England-based chain serves affordable diner food and ice cream treats in a homey, family-friendly atmosphere.. In Short Friendly's opened its first location in 1935, and thanks to red vinyl booths and an old-time vibe, many of its 500-plus locations still feel rooted in that era. While nobody's ever mistook Friendly's signature ice cream for Ben & Jerry's, the restaurant does deserve acclaim for its Fribbles (extra-thick frappes) and inexpensive sundaes. Straightforward breakfast platters are served in the mornings only, while standard diner fare (tuna melts, beef burgers) is offered day and night.
Friendly but Fried.
Good for family dining. Kid menus are helpful, smaller portions and kid-friendly food with a free sundae! I go there with my daughter for lunch or dinner once in a while. The food is good. We have our favorites, I usually opt for the mushroom swiss burger, while she gets chicken fingers or shrimp in a basket. There is not a terrific selection, and may of their foods are fried. If you want a nice quiet dining experience, you are out of luck, lots of local teenagers seem to adore this place. But its a great treat for my daughter....the famous friendly's ice cream is always available in all sorts of concoctions, and of course, in 1/2 gallons to go if you chooose.