JP Restaurants Hosting ‘Dining for a Difference’ to Support Immigrant, Refugee Advocacy Coalition March 6-9

This coming week you can eat at some of the best restaurants in Jamaica Plain during the first Dining for a Difference Week, which will support the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Vee Vee, Tres Gatos, Casa Verde and The Frogmore, will each will donate a portion of proceeds from a night of business from March 6th through March 9th, as part of Dining for a Difference Week. The following is the schedule for Dining for a Difference:
Tuesday, March 6 - Tres Gatos
Wednesday, March 7 - The Frogmore
Thursday, March 8 - Vee Vee
Friday, March 9 - Casa Verde

This is the third event organized by Boston For All, a grassroots group of local neighbors inspired by the 2016 presidential election to raise money for civil liberties and civil rights organizations. Jeremy Fischer founded Boston For All and with other local parents, he organized Run for All, a benefit fun run weeks after the election, raising $6,000 for the Massachusetts ACLU. Months later, Fischer created Rock for All, a rock concert for kids in Jamaica Plain that raised another $8,000 for the ACLU.

CJ Reese, who like a large majority of the staff lives in or very near JP, tends bar.

City Floats 15 JP-Only Alcohol Licenses

Jamaica Plain businesses would get five new booze licenses a year for three years under a proposal floated Monday. Mayor Marty Walsh and City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley announced the plan, which would add a total of 105 licenses to JP, Hyde Park, Roxbury, East Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan and Mission Hill. In a holdover from the days when the state did not trust Boston to distribute its own booze licenses, a restauranteur faces six-digit costs and Byzantine rules to serve vodka, stout or chardonnay. All licenses are tightly regulated and involve approvals at both the state and city levels. Pressley, taking up liquor licenses as an economic development issue, shepherded a similar program through in 2014.

The 10 Best Restaurants in JP, According to TripAdvisor

What do you think is the "best" restaurant in Jamaica Plain according to TripAdvisor? Does your favorite restaurant make the Top 10? If you said Doyle's is ranked #1, then you are correct. According to, Doyle's Cafe is the #1 restaurant in Jamaica Plain out of 79 restaurants in JP rated on the site. Out of 402 reviews, Doyle's received 188 "excellent" ratings.

The Frogmore Unveils Brunch Menu, Launching This Weekend

Chef Jason Albus of the newly opened The Frogmore in JP rolls out a Southerly brunch this Saturday, July 18. Albus will turn out brunch eats from the rich flavors of coastal South Carolina and Georgia - think creamy grits, country ham, pickled shrimp and hoecakes - with fried pork chops and cheesy tater tots for good measure. Check out the full menu below. To accompany the brunch menu Alex Homans, manager of the beverage program at the Southern gem brings an impressive list of homespun cocktails with ingredients and names inspired by the flavors and landscape of the region including the Back Road Rider bloody mary with Pisco, peach and lemon, Rainbow Row mimosa with strawberry shrub and gin, and the King Street cocktail with rum, maraschino, cynar and lime. Brunch is served at the pineapple clad digs from 10:30am - 3pm every Saturday and Sunday.

CJ Reese, who like a large majority of the staff lives in or very near JP, tends bar.

Sneak Preview: The Frogmore Brings Southern Hospitality to Hyde Square

The Frogmore, a coastal Carolina-style restaurant and bar, has adopted the pineapple as a symbol of how it hopes to integrate into Hyde Square. For southerners, the pineapple means hospitality. The pineapple is also a sign of the Latino culture in Hyde Square, and you'll see it displayed prominently on signs around the neighborhood. On Tuesday, the Frogmore held a preview for friends, family and media. The 365 Centre St.