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Apr 2, 2009 05:02 PM

Lunch near Franklin Park Zoo

Does anyone have any suggestions for a good lunch spot near the Franklin Park Zoo that is open on Sundays? I found an add for Picasso Creole Cuisine on Blue Hill Ave., but can't find a website or menu. Ever been? Any other ideas... on Blue Hill Ave., perhaps? Soul food would be divine....

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  1. Lots of places in JP on Central Street, just a few blocks away from the zoo. If you head down to the Orange Line stop, under the bridge, and turn right onto Central, you'll fine gobs of places. I haven't been there in years so I can't recommend a particular place, but I know it's still lively.

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    1. re: rememberme

      Actually CENTRE Street is way more than a few blocks from the zoo. But it does afford a lot of dining options.

      There is also Doyles on Washington Street

      1. re: C. Hamster

        Sorry -- I stand corrected about the street name. But it's where I would go. And Doyles is great too, but I don't really know how to get from one to the other.

    2. Nothing really close. Poppa B's on Blue Hill Avenue (5 min drive) is open for brunch on sundays is as a good soul food restaurant. (Call and check as it sometimes closes for private parties). I agree with C. Hamster that Centre Street is far but disagree about Doyles where I find the food to be meh. Along Washington near Doyles is Canto 6, my favorite bakery with excellent sandwiches and very near Forest Hills Station is the Dogwood Cafe.

      1. If you're driving, Mrs. Jones in the lower mills neighborhood of Dorchester is not far -- just down BH Ave., left on Morton -- 15 minutes, tops, and it's great soul food. Not sure about their Sunday hours, though. I drive by Chef Lees Soul Food at Morton & BH Ave. a lot, but have never been -- that'd be too long to walk, for me, for lunch. If you head over to JP, consider Cuban -- El Oriental de Cuba does a mean fried tostone, and with their chicken fricasee, you would feel soulful and well fed.

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        1. re: SpicyTea

          I think of Mrs Jones as being more like a take out place. I've never seen anyone eating at the few tables in front of the counter, but haven't been for a while. Has it changed?

          1. re: catsmeow

            you're right, catsmeow. i usually eat in the car ;-) i should've mentioned that. not everyone's idea of fine dining.

        2. I vote for the Dogwood and one of their delicious pizzas. Probably the one with steak and gorgonzola cheese.

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          1. re: Pegmeister

            I like the Dogwood's pizza too. Their steak tip are also good. Driving through the road that cuts throught the golf course next to the entrance to the zoo, it's only about 5 minutes.

            1. re: Pegmeister

              This is where I go before I go to the zoo and order just that. Yum!

            2. Well you could always go to Flames III further down Blue Hill Ave.