What makes a kid-friendly restaurant? Free grilled cheeses, highchairs, staff who know you need the check quickly before the kids turn into pumpkins, and of course, places where your kid can make some noise. Those are just a few special somethings that make you want to bring your kid so you can dine out like a normal person for a meal. Jamaica Plain News asked the JP Families Facebook page for feedback about which restaurants are the most kid-friendly in JP. This article is based upon people's experiences and observations.
Leading up to her appearance on Food Network's hit show Chopped, Brassica Kitchen sous chef Brianna Bowering got tested Chopped-style by her coworkers. "Every day the kitchen is responsible for a meal for the staff before service. Leading up to me going on the show, some of the staff would go to the bodega down the street and pick three ingredients for me to cook with, then would set a time and watch me go for it. Each time we shortened the time I had to cook," said Bowering. To prepare for the show that pits four chefs against each other in three rounds of timed competition, Bowering memorized a few pastry recipes and ratios to ensure she had a few dessert possibilities if she made it to the final round.
100% Delicias Express opened its doors on Centre Street for the first time on Sunday and there was quickly a steady stream of eager customers. 100% Delicias Express is a sister restaurant of the same name on Hyde Park Avenue and both offer a large and varied menu. Unlike the restaurant in Hyde Park Avenue, the new Jamaica Plain spot only has a few tables for customers in its small space at 660A Centre St. The JP version sells 10 different types of empanadas, including a ricotta & spinach version, a crabmeat one and quipe (deep fried bulgur). The empanadas are one of owner Civelis Marte's favorites.
Ethiopian cuisine, delicious baked desserts, corny bread, locally brewed beer and stilt walkers were all part of the 23rd Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain on Thursday night. Held at Annunciation Hall on the VFW Parkway for the first time, the annual event serves as fundraiser for JP nonprofit Ecumenical Social Action Committee (ESAC), and particularly its senior home programs and youth opportunity collaborative. Along with more than 20 restaurants, personal chefs, food businesses, there was a cash bar with beer and wine, raffle tickets being sold, a silent auction and live music.
Blue Nile, Chilacates, Café Beirut, FoMu, The Frogmore and Tres Gatos are just some of the participating businesses in the 23rd Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain on Nov. 15. This year's Taste of Jamaica Plain has a new location at Our Lady of Annunciation Church on the West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain border. In recent years the Taste of JP has been held at the Franklin Park Zoo. While the event is moving inside this year, it will still benefit a good neighborhood organization, Ecumenical Social Action Committee (ESAC), its senior home programs and youth opportunity collaborative.