New to Boston; Jamaica Plain Restaurant Recommendations?
My husband and I are new to Boston and getting to know our new neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. Aside from 'City Feed & Supply' (yum) we haven't ventured out much (we literally just arrived). Before branching out to other neighborhoods we want to find the gems in our own backyard. The Mister is a vegetarian so veggie friendly places are a priority. We are also interested in nice cafes, great bakeries, a tasty place for breakfast? Thanks for the tips everyone!
Centre St Cafe is definitely veggie-friendly, and very good. Their breakfast is wonderful - very hearty portions, heavy on the fruits and vegetables. I love their waffles topped with fruit - last time I ordered it there were probably 2 entire bananas sliced on to my waffle, plus plenty of very fresh berries. I have been there for dinner once, and it was also good, if not as memorable. Once again, a good sized portion with vegetables a-plenty. I wouldn't say that their food is anything mind-blowing or terribly original, but it's very fresh and well-executed.
Centre Street Cafe
669 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
One place that I would strongly recommend (especially for their sake cocktails is Cha Fahn which is right by the monument.
Here are a few others that stand out IMHO (most have already been posted in previous responses)
-Wonder Spice - I like their appetizers, but am not a fan of their main courses (except for the crispy fish).
-Fiore's - Best scones and great quality coffee
-James's Gate - best nachos in Boston (and good to decent pub food)
-Yelli's Coffee Shop (sp?) for chicken and more
You'll see quite a few Jamaica Plain/Roslindale subjects if you search. Besides others mentioned, Zon's in Hyde Sq. is good fancy home cooking and Bella Luna around the corner for pizza and Italian. June Bug Cafe in between is all right, not the most exciting baked goods in the world. Blue Frog on Green is best for that, also Bread & Butter on Washington, Fiore's on South and Sweet Finnish is okay with plenty of room to sit. Java Joe's by Forest Hills is a nice cafe too but again, not thrilled with baked goods (haven't had sandwiches at these places yet). Dogwood next door has good pizzas and cheapish entrees, Galway and Costello's on Centre for good townie places. Miami, Alex's and La Pupusa Guanica for latino food further down Centre. Wonderspice is Cambodian/Asian so should have some veggie choices. Doyle's is fun for a drink. And there a good places in Roslindale to check out.
Bukhara for Indian is good and has plenty of veggie options. JP Seafood is sushi and other asian stuff, and they have very nice veggie sushi and other veg friendly stuff. Centre St. Cafe has good veggie options but big lines for Sunday brunch. Ten Tables is a nice place and has a veggie tasting menu most nights.
I went there recently also. I loved the appetizers, but thought the entrees were just OK. I would definitely go back and order a few apps in lieu of an entree.
They also have very affordable wines and pretty nice service (although I have heard others report that service has been bad).
For a similar area and price-level, I much prefer Ten Tables.
welcome to the neighborhood! city feed has some great sandwiches and coffee to die for (Equal Exchange).
i second james' gate (my fave pub ever), zon's (my fave lamb burger ever) and fiore (among my fave dessert/coffee places ever).
look for a new place opening up in the old triple d's spot (i think the triple d's sign is still up). haven't heard much except that it'll be more of a bar than restaurant - but will certainly have food.
jp licks - ice cream, the original location!
centre street cafe - delicious brunch, you'll notice the long line out the door on sundays (worth the wait)
bella luna - good pizza