Dishing Out Superlatives for Jamaica Plain Restaurants

Tres Gatos was recently named as a great place to go after waking up next to someone you don’t really know (presumably with that stranger). So that got us thinking — what are some other superlatives for Jamaica Plain restaurants.

To start, no other JP restaurant was provided a superlative in Kara Baskin’s Globe piece “The Perfect Restaurant for Every Situation.” But that makes sense, because they’ve got to appeal to a larger market than just our wonderful food-centric neighborhood. Luckily, we’ve got lots of ideas for JP superlatives.

Children dance on the lawn at the Loring-Greenough House to a performance by Gunpowder Gelatine, an all-woman Queen cover band, on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Chris Helms

Children dance on the lawn at the Loring-Greenough House to a performance by Gunpowder Gelatine, an all-woman Queen cover band.

Trying to Impress Your Parents

This is from actual personal experience. I have taken my parents to Vee Vee (763 Centre St.) on several occasions, and the creative American fare restaurant has never, ever disappointed. They serve up dinner, brunch and plenty of beer options. IF there’s a line out the door, Ver Vee is worth the wait. Also, note the menu changes frequently, with the new dishes executed well, which is tough to accomplish (and will surely please the folks).

Where to Take Your Vegan Friend(s)

Maybe you thought your vegan friend wouldn’t be able to keep it up. You were wrong, so very wrong. So where do you take them? Fiore’s Bakery (55 South St.) is not just a bakery. There are several tasty vegan sandwiches, giving any vegan options, options, options (it’s important to have options). There are also numerous vegan desserts. Also, a shoutout is needed for FoMu (617 Centre St.) for its alternative ice cream using a coconut base.

Your Loud, Toddler-Aged Nephew or Niece Gotta Eat Someplace

This is a summer special only on Thursday nights from 3:30 pm until dark  June through Oct. 1. Take your active toddler (whether it’s yours or someone else’s) to Thursdays on the Lawn at Loring-Greenough (12 South St.). There are rotating musicians, community organizations, a farmer’s market — and food trucks. Usually Bon Me, Clover and a tHurd truck, too. Get some food, eat some food and let the child tucker him or herself out on the lawn with all the other kids in the neighborhood. You’ll all go home happy.

Hungover and Hungry

Sorella’s. Sorella’s. Sorella’s. Located in Hyde Square (386 Centre St.), this family-run breakfast and lunch spot has a plethora of dis he’s — pancakes (chocolate chip, blueberry and more), waffles, French toast, omelettes (what do you want in your omelette? Because they’ve got it), and eggs (scientifically proven to help with hangovers).

This is an incomplete list, of course. If you’ve got a JP superlative to share, add it to the comments section!


  • Marty

    Doyle’s to out-of-towners for a traditional Boston Irish pub experience. the political murals are a must

    • Money is Powerful

      Mediocre food. It’s just a pub. Move on.

      • Marty

        Isn’t that what traditional Boston Irish food is?

      • Monster

        You are a ray of sunshine.

  • Bella Luna for catching up with friends you don’t see often enough. Grass Fed’s new location for delish and quick dinner when you don’t feel like cooking. Noodle Barn for soup on a cold afternoon and Bukhara’s lunch buffet when you want one meal that will make you feel well-fed for a week. Oriental de Cuba for any reason you can think of.

  • Pamela Gifford Isaacson

    The Blue Frog Bakery for homesick expats. Scones that cry out for clotted cream, proper baguettes and varieties of freshly made croissants that will make the most jaded European smile. Get there early and everything is still warm from the oven, and remember to buy one extra for you to eat on your way back to the house. I promise we won’t tell the others!

  • jon

    ok what a fun topic heading into the weekend. Random thoughts:

    canary square…so parents with kids can remind themselves what its like to eat in a real restaurant
    jpseafood…so you can upstage friends who say “we know this great sushi place in yada yada yada”
    costellos…cause chili dog
    Galways…cause it reminds you what every restaurant in the us used to be like, except that its decent with a great crowd
    Roslindale restaurants (yea Redds)…for when you say “we haven’t been out of jp in ages…how about roslindale?