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Moving to Hyde Square - your advice requested

Hi Chowhounds! After 6 years in Camberville, I'm officially moving to the other side of the river. We've bought a house in the Hyde Square area of JP.

What is your favorite restaurant in the area? I'm a big fan of walking/biking distance, but they can be drivable/T-accessible as necessary.

For a cafe, Ula seems nice, but on the other side of the T. I love Canto 6, but again, it's on the other side. Is there anything by Hyde Square for a good cup of coffee and a croissant?

Do I have to head to Dot for Vietnamese and Brookline for Thai and Chinese?

Is Ghazal the best option for Indian?

Is Pupusa Guanca good for Salvadoran?

What's the best place for a date night - Ten Tables?

What about brunch? I like Center Street Cafe for dinner - is their brunch also the best in town?

Is the Haven my best bet for a beer and a brew?

What are my other grocery store/liquor options than the Stop & Shop and the new Whole Foods?

What else am I missing?

Thank you in advance!

-gini

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Ten Tables
597 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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  1. Although it's been a while since I've been, I used to really like Orientale de Cuba.

    I also really dislike Sorella's for breakfast. I've been when it's busy and I've been when it's slow. It's just not good.

    Congratulations on your new house and move!

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    Sorella's
    388 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

    1. I *love* Center Street's brunch - enough so that for a couple of years I was a biweekly regular there, even though it involved a two-bus trip from Allston on the Sunday schedule. There are a lot of people who hate on it, in large part because the wait can be way too long - the food's great, but not stand-in-line-for-half-an-hour-or-more great. I particularly love the waffles; a lot of the breakfast specials are tasty but too big to finish (and I don't say that easily!) Get there right when they open, or skip it until after 1 or so.

      Sorrella has its fans, as well, but I've tried them a bunch of times and didn't get it. Seemingly hundreds of variations on pancakes and French toast, but it turns out I don't really care for French toast made with quickbreads (e.g., banana bread.)

      1. Papusa Guanca closed a few months ago and has been replaced by a pizza place that I have not tried. Since Veloura closed, there isn't any good coffee in Hyde Square -- you'll have to go to City Feed or Ula (both very good). I like Canary Square a lot for the brunch and brew categories -- it's a great addition to the neighborhood and much better than Alchemist (and has Pretty Things on tap). Orientale de Cuba is as good as ever. There have also been positive reviews of a new tapas place--Tres Gatos--near Hyde Square.

        I find myself frequently leaving JP for chow because a short drive to Brookline gives you much better options. For example, I prefer Olecito to Purple Catcus; Mangia to any of the various pizza options; Khao Sarn to Wonder Spice; and Fugakyu to JP Seafood.

        There is a liquor store in Hyde Square that's fine for the basics. Blanchard's on Centre has a much wider selection.

        Ten Tables is very good but you'll need to plan ahead to get a seat (see the thread about phone reservations).

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        Khao Sarn
        250 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

        Ten Tables
        597 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

        Fugakyu Cafe
        621 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776

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

        Mangia
        655 Washington St, Canton, MA 02021

        Olecito
        12 Springfield St, Cambridge, MA 02139

        Canary Square
        435 S Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130

        1. Alex's Chimi's for Dominican style rotisserie chicken, the thing I miss most about Hyde Square.

          MIami restaurant for great Dominican/Cuban food, and nice cafe con leche. El Oriental de Cuba has a nice con leche too for your coffee needs.

          A lot of friends have gone to the new Tres Gatos in the old Rhythm and Muse bookstore and dug the spanish tapas there.

          I really like Sorellas for what it is, a cheap greasy breakfast joint. I think its best to stick to simple things like eggs and french toast.

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

          Miami Restaurant
          381 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

          El Oriental De Cuba
          416 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

          Tres Gatos
          470 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130

          1. Try VeeVee at the Monument on Centre and South Street.

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            South Street Cafe
            5 Turner St, Waltham, MA 02453

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            1. re: cwinboston

              Welcome to JP! I echo cwinboston, VeeVee is a fave of ours. Depending on how frequently you eat out and how long you'll live here, you'll probably try everything at least once.

              The Haven is a very welcoming place- we've only eaten there once so far but we liked it a lot.

              There is a liquor store right on Centre Street in Hyde Square but I don't know the name of it. You really can't miss it, very close to Video Underground and Miami Restaurant. Blanchard's is down Centre Street closer to the Monument .

              Whole Foods isn't open yet, so if you're searching for a similar alternative to Stop and Shop a quick bike ride down to South Street will get you to Harvest Coop. It's a smallish grocery store with bulk bins and a selection of wine/beer. Next to Harvest is Fiore's Bakery, which serves organic coffee, sandwiches and bakery items.

              RE: Asian flavors, we have some tasty options in JP including Wonder Spice Cafe, which describes itself as Cambodian/Thai. JP Seafood is Korean/Japanese, including sushi. Both are on Centre Street towards the Monument from Hyde Sq. We have no bahn mi or pho places that I know of, and for anything better than americanized chinese takeout, you'll have to head to neighboring towns.

              Lastly, JP is home to some Irish pubs worth checking out, if only for a pint and to say you've been there. Doyle's on Washington is the most well known example of these. James' Gate on South Street has some pretty good food, and in the winter you'll not find a better spot in JP for a burger and beer next to the fireplace.

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