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Boston Restaurant Blog -- April, 2006

Friday, April 21, 2006

Outstanding Comfort Food at the Centre Street Cafe in Jamaica Plain

We took a drive down to Jamaica Plain last night to check out the Centre Street Cafe last night, and honestly, this is perhaps the best Boston restaurant I have been to so far in 2006 (with all due respect to Orinoco in the South End and Green Field Churrascaria in Allston.)

photo of the Centre Street Cafe, Jamaica Plain, MA The Centre Street Cafe is a funky little restaurant in the heart of Jamaica Plain, a Boston neighborhood filled with quirky, unusual shops and restaurants. The restaurant is small but attractive, with art lining the walls and a staff that really seems to care about the diners who come here. The food we had at the Centre Street Cafe was nothing short of spectacular; I actually had a salisbury steak, a dish that brings back memory of school lunches. But this was no school lunch; the salisbury steak at the Centre Street Cafe was all-natural, with no hormones or additives, and incredibly tasty. And the mashed potatoes that came with it were excellent, as well.

Other standouts from last night at the Centre Street Cafe included a delicious potato leek soup; a chicken salad that blew away those of many other restaurants we have been to; and outstanding wines, including a vina borgia from Spain that went perfectly with the salisbury steak (if wine can, indeed, go with salisbury steak--not sure about that one).

I would love to include the Centre Street Cafe as one of our featured dining spots in Boston's Hidden Restaurants, but it may be just a bit too popular and well-known to be considered hidden (although perhaps it isn't known as well outside of Jamaica Plain). But that is one reason for this blog; to bring to light some of the best restaurants in Boston that, while perhaps not famous like Pizzeria Regina or Legal Sea Foods, are also not little-known places, either. Kudos to the Centre Street Cafe for being such a great neighborhood restaurant--it is one Boston restaurant that I cannot wait to return to very soon.

For those who want the address for the Centre Street Cafe, here it is: Centre Street Cafe, 669 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; the phone number is (617) 524-9217.

Centre Street Café

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CS said:
I was taken to the Centre Street Cafe almost to the date of your visit and can absolutely agree with your comments. I had the salisbury steak as well and it was outstanding! And I could feel that the other dishes would be handled in the same manner.
Posted on 7/15/08
MH said:
An update: The Boston's Hidden Restaurants site has now featured the Centre Street Cafe. If you would like to read the featured review on this restaurant, please go to
Posted on 9/28/08

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