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Looking for a Quick Early Dinner in JP

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We need somewhere on Saturday night where we can be done in about an hour, so places like 10 Tables are out. We're flexible as to cuisine, more interested in food than drinks. Most recently tried the Haven and were underwhelmed. Any suggestions?

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  1. Two ideas: I really enjoyed (most of) the small plates at Tres Gatos. You can sit at the bar, have some nibbles and wine and be out in an hour I'd think. Be sure to take a few minutes to browse the bookstore in the back.

    Haven't eaten there, but the food at Canary Square has always looked and smelled good when I've gone in for a drink. The place is vast so I'd think you'd have no problem getting in early on a Saturday.

    Oh, and one more: you could head up towards Rozzie (a quick 5 minutes drive?) and get a great pressed Sandwich at Tostado sandwich bar. No booze and just a few seats but well worth it for the food.

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    Canary Square
    435 S Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130

    Tres Gatos
    470 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130

    Tostado
    3880 Washington St, Boston, MA 02131

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    1. re: yumyum

      There;s actually a closer Tostado at 300 Centre St - going towards Jackson Sq.

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      Tostado
      3880 Washington St, Boston, MA 02131

    2. The Ten Tables bar side would be perfect, actually. You can easily get out of there in an hour.

      I'd personally avoid Canary Square- opting for Tres Gatos instead since you didn't like The Haven. I've never had a good meal at Canary Square. Avoid Blue Nile just for the time constraints.

      On the opposite end of town, VeeVee is an option (opt for bar service again), as well as Ghazal, if you are up for Indian.

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      Ten Tables
      5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

      Canary Square
      435 S Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130

      Tres Gatos
      470 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130

      Blue Nile Restaurant
      389 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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      1. re: Kirs

        Second VeeVee -- the bar is small, but they keep most of their tables for 2 open for walk-ins. Ten Tables has been much easier to score a seat after opening the bar side. Tres Gatos is a nice vibe, and good food if you can get a seat. And finally, it's not much for atmosphere, but the new little sushi place called Super Fusion, near the Monument, is rarely crowded and serves you a ridiculous amount of sushi for the price.

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        Ten Tables
        5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

        Tres Gatos
        470 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130

        1. re: Kirs

          Agree about Canary Sq.: overrated

          Also agree about Ghazal (sp): delicious

          1. re: C. Hamster

            Canary Square was good for brunch on our one visit. Well-cooked cheddar scrambled eggs, homefries a little heavy on the paprika but still tasty, and decent if non-traditional huevos rancheros. I haven't been for dinner.

            Service was rather indifferent. Staff seemed to enjoy socializing together rather than give coffee refills, etc. We'll give it another try based on the brunch food, though, and see if service has improved.

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            Canary Square
            435 S Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130

        2. I have always enjoyed JP Seafood Cafe. Solid spot for sushi and Japanese/Korean fare.

          1. Had a good meal at Tres Gatos a few months back - would happily go back.

            And, contrary to other posts had an enjoyable early dinner at the bar at Canary Square on Sunday. Started with the tofu/leek dumplings. Didn't care for the sweet/hot dipping sauce, but Sriracha did the trick. Also had the tuna tacos - rare tuna, guac, sour cream. The black bean salad was nothing to write home about - canned black beans, lots of cumin. Overall a quick, satisfying meal, great beer selection, and I just liked the vibe there.

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            Canary Square
            435 S Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130

            Tres Gatos
            470 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130

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            1. re: rozziegirl

              I liked the vibe, too. I'm hoping the so-so service was just an off day.

              1. re: bear

                During my two visits to Canary Sq. the service was a major problem. I liked the vibe there as well but the service was pretty awful. If I return I will probably sit at the bar rather than be forgotten about for long periods of time by the waitstaff.

            2. Reporting back: we wound up at Tres Gatos and were very happy. A variety of small dishes exceeded our expectations, particularly the large shrimp in garlic sauce (better than several versions we've had at other Spanish restaurants around town) and a confit chicken thigh with brussels sprouts and chanterelles. Service was prompt and friendly.

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              Tres Gatos
              470 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130