2 Perkins Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
--- Winner, Best American (New) Restaurant in Boston Area, 2007 ---
Jamaica Plain is known for its offbeat shops and restaurants, and Zon's, a funky restaurant located on a side street just off the main drag of JP, is no exception. This small, attractive dining spot has the feel of a restaurant you might find in the Greenwich Village section of New York, as it attracts all walks of life, from aging hippies to well-dressed businesspeople to artists to college students. And they all come to this neighborhood restaurant for some of the most delicious comfort food you will find in this section of Boston.
In a way, Zon's can perhaps be described as diametrically opposed to such generic chain restaurants as Applebee's, the Red Lobster, and TGI Friday's. Unique in nearly every respect, Zon's is the type of place where you can listen to the British band Radiohead blasting through the speakers of the kitchen while you are drinking a microbrew and dining on such delightfully decadent dishes as macaroni and cheese, chicken pot pie, or meatloaf. And perhaps it is the creamy, calorie-laden mac and cheese that is the most talked-about dish at Zon's (though this is surely up for debate); it is a simply wonderful dish that rivals some of the best mac and cheese in the Boston area, including that of Harvard Gardens in the Beacon Hill section of Boston and the Ashmont Grill in Dorchester. Yet as much as this writer loves the mac and cheese at Zon's, it is the simple, humble burger that stands out in my eyes. Juicy, substantial, and bursting with flavor thanks to various seasonings added, this is one special burger. And the cheese and onion roll just add to the enjoyment, as well as the tremendous handcut fries that come with it. Indeed, if heaven has cheeseburgers, this burger lover is hoping that they taste like the ones at Zon's.
From its funky red walls and its somewhat odd decor to its fantastic upscale comfort food and decent drink selection, Zon's is yet another Boston classic, albeit one that relatively few people know about. And although it is one of many high-end comfort food joints calling Boston its home, it is certainly one of the best, and well worth making the trip to Jamaica Plain no matter where you are coming from.
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