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Jan 10, 2011 06:27 AM

Canary Square in Jamaica Plain

Really enjoyed our meal last night at Canary Square. From the moment this place opened, it's been popular and packed. We found Sunday night a good night to get in without waiting. We enjoyed the attentive service, varied menu offerings, and overall experience. I had the skirt steak and mashed potatoes. Wow! They have funky offerings liked a different flavored popcorn each night, which rocked. And the fried Twinkies were to die for. Definitely going back for more!

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  1. We went last Thur and also enjoyed it. I had the steamed mussels and fries appetizer, which was enough for dinner. DC had the chili and we shared a dozen Island Creek Oysters ($1 each). Good food and good value. I really like Marco Suarez and have followed him from Eastern Standard to Bon Savor to here. He makes food tasty which is a surprisingly rare talent.

    Eastern Standard
    528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

    Island Creek Oysters
    296 Parks St, Duxbury, MA 02332

    Bon Savor
    605 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

    1. How are the cocktails?

      As a JP resident, I'm glad we have good options for great beer in the neighborhood but am disappointed that we lack any decent local cocktail destination.

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      1. re: Canadian Tuxedo

        Canary Square has a list of cocktails with JP-type names like the Arborway and Centre Street. My DC had the Arborway. I tried it and it was nice. I had a beer, so I can't comment on the cocktails, but it was a nice list of beers.

        Centre Street Cafe
        669 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

        1. re: Canadian Tuxedo

          I think the cocktails are good. I am particularly fond of their take on a non-bloody bloody mary. The waitress hinted that not many people had enjoyed it, but I thought it was quite good. Clever, even.

          1. re: Canadian Tuxedo

            I've only been for drinks once, but the cocktail situation seemed a notch below The Alchemist. My Manhattan was served on the rocks in a highball glass, no questions asked, and there was nothing on the menu like a Pisco sour or Pegu club, which Alchemist used to churn out solidly.

            1. re: cassoulady

              No lunch yet. We asked our server and she said it is not in their immediate plans.

              1. re: cassoulady

                Just learned today that they are now offering weekend brunch!

              2. Food was pretty good, although the service, on two occasions, was sub-par. Apps arrived two minutes before entrees. Waiter said "sorry" yet still dropped the entrees on the table. Other time was picking up take-out at the bar. Was charged twice for one beer and my food sat at the end of the bar for over ten minutes despite my asking the bartender to check on the status. It wasn't until a second bartender checked in with me that the issues were resolved.

                Mac & cheese was decent, brussel sprouts w/pancetta were very good. Cod fritters were a pale comparison to Eastern Standard's. If I didn't live so close to CS, I would not go back. That said, the beer selection merits a periodic visit.

                Eastern Standard
                528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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                1. re: gaucho14

                  We went for the first time last Sunday night to watch football and get something to eat. Although there are many beer taps (30 maybe?) the offerings are not very compelling. Beyond the few local interesting brews available (Pretty Things, Mayflower), most of the taps were taken up by the tried and true commonplace beers found everywhere around here (Harpoon, Sam's, Dogfish, etc.) and old standards like Bass and Newcastle. A beer lover looking just for drinks would do much better across the street at the Brendan Behan.

                  1. re: jpsox

                    As a neighborhood beer lover, I agree to a certain extent. I definitely agree that their list is perhaps the least interest 30-tap list I've ever seen. The Behan probably is more interesting in general, although Canary tends to have a few more interesting ones and thus far has had a lt of rotation, which is nice. The prices can get a little gougey, though. I actually think that Galway House is the hidden gem in this regard... not beer geek status by any means, but solid and VERY well-priced.

                    Galway House
                    720 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

                    1. re: celeriac

                      I totally agree about the Galway. I go there regularly (not "a regular", if you know what I mean ;-), and their beer list has gotten very good over the past year or so. Surprising from the superficial looks of the place. Some of the food is very good too, especially most any seafood.

                2. I live in JP and was very excited to try the place. It's a great location with a nice building. One wall is a commercial "garage-type" door and will be fantastic to open this summer.

                  Was disappointed in the food.

                  Roasted Salted Radishes appetizer had such potential, but needed to be cooked for less time at higher heat. They were a little limp with no char. Also, oddly , not salty enough.

                  The half roast chicken was well done, but the brussels sprouts were also a little mushy. Seemed like the kitchen was still fine-tuning it's technique.

                  I want to like this place and will definitely give it another try, but our first trip didn't live up to expectations.

                  Canary Square
                  435 S Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130