In Zagat’s recently published “neighborhood smackdown,” Jamaica Plain took home the title for the “most underrated dining scene” in Boston.
Some folks act like you need a passport to find your way to JP — but news flash: It’s right on the Orange Line, so there’s no excuse not to explore this arty ‘hood. Newer restaurants cover every taste, from stellar hole-in-the-wall Mexican at Chilacates to Southern Lowcountry cuisine at The Frogmore and Scottish eats at The Haven. Tres Gatos is a homey haunt for top-notch tapas (plus there’s a cool used record shop in back), Casa Verde gets creative with tacos and the Grass Fed burger bars offer excellent patties. And one of the city’s best-kept secrets is Brassica Kitchen + Cafe, where 30 Under 30 honorees Jeremy Kean and Philip Kruta focus on clever farm-to-table fare from breakfast through dinner.
We’re obviously pleased with the props, and perhaps even more tickled that there are so, so many other restaurants that contribute to JP’s diverse, delectable dining scene. We’re thinking of everything from the buttery pastries at Blue Frog to the delicately spiced Ethiopian cuisine at Blue Nile to the flavorful Cuban fare at El Oriental de Cuba to the reliably fresh sushi at JP Seafood to popular brunch spots such as Centre Street Cafe, Vee Vee, Sorella’s and Robinwood Cafe — and still, we’re only scratching the surface.
What’s your favorite “underrated” restaurant in JP?