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Feb 15, 2011 02:18 PM

Affordable JP eat-in or take out

Hey all...I am looking to get some affordable food in JP either eat in or take out in a couple of hours. I don't venture out to JP much. Where do I have to go?

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  1. Head to Centre Street at the intersection of Burroughs. Start walking up and down, you'll see quite a few places. For sushi/Korean hit JP Seafood. For Cambodian/Thai go to Wonder Spice Cafe. Kinda crunchy/hippie - check out Centre Street Cafe. There are a couple of Indian food places on the same block (between Burroughs and Eliot). Purple Cactus Burrito is not exemplary Mexican but at the same time, it isn't bad. There's definitely more in JP but without knowing your tastes, this is the area of JP with the greatest concentration of offerings. Enjoy.

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

    Wonder Spice Cafe
    697 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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    1. re: powella

      Based on my single brunch experience, I do not understand the appeal of Centre St Cafe at all. I wanted to love it - sweet service, some local ingredients, clearly a neighborhood favorite - but the food was sub-mediocre, and pricey for what it was. Terrible, near-rotten fruit was served with a decent but tiny waffle. The bites I tired of other dishes were just as bad. Never again.

      Sticking with Centre St, the sandwiches at City Feed don't inspire poetry, but they're solid and fresh. The one time I had some soup there, it was good. I really love the pizza at Same Old Place--if you're into the NYC corner slice style it's my favorite in Boston.

    2. The Galway House has surprisingly decent traditional American tavern food (not sure what else to call it) for reasonable prices. The fish is especially good and there is pretty wide ranging beer selection as well.

      Galway House
      720 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

      1. I would have recommended the roast chicken at Alex's Chimis, Cuban at Miami Restaurant or El Oriental, a burger at Costello's, or a sandwich at Cafe Ula.

        Vee Vee and Ten Tables are a higher price point but a good value.

        Alex's Chimis
        358 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130

        Vee Vee
        763 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

        5 Replies
        1. re: robwat36

          I also like Yely's Coffee shop for dominican (similar to Alex's) Guanaca for Pupusas and Canto 6 for excellent pastries.

          1. re: gourmaniac

            Sadly Guanaca has closed.

            I love the chicken at Yely's. LOVE.

            1. re: yumyum

              Also, the chicharrones are great. Sad about Guanaca.

              1. re: yumyum

                could you describe the chicken at yely's?

                1. re: galangatron

                  It's similar to the chicken at Alex's that you cite below if I recall correctly. Moist rotisserie chicken with a side of the red hot sauce, similarly priced.

          2. this is too late but...

            cubano at el oriental de cuba
            goat stew at miami restaurant
            rotisserie chicken or a chimi super at alex's chimis
            especial sandwich at tostado
            assorted postres from estrella bakery