Boston Globe highlights intriguing destination for its readers who like to travel

The Globe travel section yesterday ran an introduction to an exotic locale where both the shopping and the dining offer a break from the humdrum - and where the locals are friendly and, in many cases, able to converse with you in English.

There’s nothing ordinary about Jamaica Plain, or "JP" as it’s called, a dynamic Boston neighborhood located southwest of downtown.

Unfortunately, the article doesn't state which airlines fly there or what shots are required.



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Right On

Sometimes I wish this were a Facebook page so I could just "like" your witty and sarcastic posts like this one! Good to know the Globe realizes JP is a Boston neighborhood; I'm sure their counterparts at Boston Magazine will still give a Best of Boston award to some restaurant in Somerville, and grant a restaurant in JP with a Best South Shore award since anything past the South End is terra incognita for those folks (but Cambridge and Somerville are somehow an extension of Downtown Crossing).


The author didn't even bother to learn

any of the quaint colloquialisms employed by the residents. For instance, saying "JP" (with emphatic air-quotes) is a tourist usage that makes locals cringe, like referring to San Francisco as "Frisco". Everyone who's lived there for longer than two weeks knows it's Tha Jape. Also, no mention of the Jamaica Plain Games, like the daily Demolition Derby on the Raceway, or Trolley Dodge 'Em on South Huntington? Completely ignoring craft cocktail destination The Drinking Fountain? Pffft. Carpetbagger.


And they left out the best part

US dollars are accepted everywhere!

Maybe they left the Drinking Fountain out because it is, after all, a bit off the beaten path. Fortunately, though, motorists who run low on fuel getting there can find welcome respite at Hatoff's, where, as the locals will reassure you, gas is gas.


I'm wondering if they'll let me in

to Salmagundi, which is listed as a destination for "hat aficionados". What if I'm not a hat aficionado, but just like wearing hats every so often? A glossary of hat aficionado jargon would have been appreciated. What's that edge part that goes around at the bottom? The "brim", you say? Aha.


Used to live by there

I lived up the hill from there on Forest Hills Street. I'd do my laundry at the Rossmore because the laundry room in my building was a disaster. As an incentive to do the chore, I'd go into The Drinking Fountain during the dry cycle, or occasionally to the Midway. They were always very friendly to me.

I've lived in Lynn since 2007, but I'm looking forward to returning to that stretch of Washington to support friends at the Midway Sunday night.


actually, we do refer to it as JP

So commonly that when I'm in another part of the country I accidentally say "JP" and people think I'm referring to Japan.

Anyone who has been in Camberville about a year knows what "JP" means; folks in Brookline/Allston know about JP within a month or two, etc.


JP is served by discount

JP is served by discount carrier Orange Airlines, known as one of the more unreliable carriers in the local air travel network. All of its planes are more than 30 years old, and show considerable rust. The airline is prone to delays, although it is seen as somewhat more reliable than other local carriers including GreenAir, Blue Airways, FlyRed and United.


I tried to take the local

I tried to take the local transportation there, I waited for the green line for over an hour, til a local told me it was temp. Suspended. I never got to try the desert specialty boutique "JP Links."


Spent 9 years there

1993 - freshman at Emerson, they told me never to take the Orange line out "that way."

1996(I think it was) - A few parties and a rockabilly show at the Midway later, I learned never to listen to anyone "born and raised" in greater Boston about greater Boston. Too many prejudices - though it's prejudiced of me to assume that.

1998 - 2007, I lived in Jamaica Plain. When I could no longer afford it, I had no qualms about moving to downtown Lynn, which is actually safer than living on my old street in JP. Just don't listen to what the "born and raised" have to say about it. It's actually a cool place to live.

I'm glad the Globe is finally reporting on what everyone else figured out 12 years ago.



I think I was 14 when I was first allowed to take public transportation into the City (or when I first did, anyway). Only, it wasn't Boston. It was NYC. That'll probably make you more critical. ;)

But you should also know that I'm too old to be a hipster...accuse me of whatever it was called before, I suppose, but I'm not sure I'd join any club that would have me as a member.


Depends on your interests, but generally..

High Rock Tower in the Highlands, Lynn Woods (mountain biking, hiking - 2600 acres I think), Diamond District victorians, downtown restaurants/cafes, LynnArts, Raw Art Works, Lynn Museum, if there's an art show up, Visionspace gallery, a concert at the Lynn Auditorium, a live band in any number of small bars, dive bars that aren't overrun by hipsters completely yet, A theatre production by Arts After Hours (next one is Ave Q), golfing at Gannon, or get to know some locals for good loft parties and other spaces..

I maintain an events calendar at (plug)



And R&B Consignments on the Lynnway has expanded and beats the pants off of Oldies in Newburyport. There's also the smaller but friendly Ocean St Treasures if you're into antiques.

For high end lighting, there's Lucia's on Western Ave. For high end closets/movable walls, there's Noteborn (upstairs showroom on Market St. near Zimmans), but sadly, we lost Lynnway Lumber. There were good for restoration projects.

I order from Fauci's

Forced to give up gluten (not on a fad diet), Fauci's is the only pizza shop in Lynn that has a gluten free option. Otherwise, I'd recommend Enzo's downtown.

I'm partial to Tacos Lupita because I can eat safely there (see above situation), and therefore I'm not a good person to seek restaurant advice from.

For most diverse menu in a single establishment, I'd have to nominate my local haunt, Tatiana's.

We also have more breakfast/brunch places than any city our size I know. My favs are Mildred's, Christopher's, Tatiana's, 47 Central, D'Amici's (downtown location), Capital Diner - and that's narrowing it down and in no particular order.

We have Cambodian, Vietnamese, Russian/Eastern European markets, Iraqi markets (though no actual Iraqi restaurant, yet)...

Pretty much anything. Even high end dining with Rosetti's, The Blue Ox, and Antique Table.

Hey, Globe....

Isn't there a canned story about Boston's Best Beloved Burgers. or eight photos of Linda Pizzutti that have gone begging, because of this editorial decision? Can't we get back to the kind of relevant, hard-hitting local journalism that makes you the go-to site for stories about Resumes that Get You Noticed, or Your Photos of Pets in Red Sox Gear?


"JP" you say?

sounds quite charming and quaint! Finally, something else to do on a weekend other than the Vermont chalet. And one does get so tired of shopping on Newbury St ! So lovely that the locals are service oriented and outgoing! One does get so tired of the typical huffy attitude in Boston!


The weird thing is

that it just seems to miss so many of the places that would actually bring me to JP if I didn't live here--our awesome bakery-cafes (Ula, Canto 6, Bartlett Square, Blue Frog), Cityfeed which is fun hipster-central groceries and sandwiches and perfect people-watching for non-JP folk, and the great little galleries on Centre and South). Just seems kind of spotty, though I suppose that's to be expected.


I hear you

I like Cityfeed though--it is pricey and hipstery but also a good-hearted place and they do great events with their local purveyors and First Thursdays and so on. I was thinking more as a spot for visitors to get the JP vibe and watch the world go by.

I love Doyle's but it's definitely been impacted by the Sam Adams brewery tour crowd, which is a bummer.


The article is kind of pathetic

The Jape is a fabulous place, but that article reads like it was written by a high school student from somewhere outside Boston who happened to spend an afternoon walking down Centre St for a class assignment and then went home and did some quick wikipedia research for filler.

"It’s a neighborhood made to return to again and again."



Safe and warm by the pond

I like that the Glove travel guide lists exactly one place east of the Orange Line in its list of attractions. Intrepid travel reporter or not, Ms. Regis is apparently too frightened of Parkside Jape to venture into its crime-besotted streets. (Note to brave visitors to our fair town: Star Fish Market in Egleston Square has the city's best fried fish, Canto 6 makes a bangin' ham-and-fennel-slaw sandwich, and the Sam Adams Brewery is a great place to get drunk for free at 10AM on Saturday)


There are a few Dominican places I like,

but I'd hardly call myself qualified to anoint a "best". The Jape's own Alex's Chimis does great rotisserie chicken, and I don't see chimis (which I also love) at many other places around Boston. Roxbury's Merengue probably has the nicest atmosphere I've seen, and live music is a plus along with its excellent food. I have fond memories of Madego's, the pastelito cart that used to appear near the Mozart Street Playground, but haven't seen it lately. Been meaning to get to Latino Restaurant for years. Just added Delicias to my list, thanks!

Village in a city

If the article was written with a mind to suggesting it is a good place to live then I would add that the area has a village in the city feel. I can easily spend several days not going anywhere else in the city. All the basics are covered: grocery store, gas station, library, an endless region of parks and open spaces, buildings which by and large are human scale. Need to garden? Reserve a plot. Just need to find a quiet place at night for some star gazing (light pollution notwithstanding)? Get some binoculars and go to any of the open spaces.

On the other hand it still is the city, zombie-thugs still wonder around looking for people to rob or eat.

Being used to living in even denser neighborhoods, where the ratio of concrete and asphalt to nature favors the former by a huge amount, for me JP is a verdant paradise.


Wait a minute...

A smart, thoughtful comment written by...Anon? Can it be?

Anyway, well said. I agree completely. If we had a few more good restaurants--Asian (c'mon, MeiMei!!), a good BBQ joint, and a movie theater, I'd probably never leave.