Rediscovering Jamaica Plain

One fine day in this eclectic corner of the Hub.

Make a dinner date with James’s Gate (5–11 McBride St., 617-983-2000, and order the scrumptious shepherd’s pie and house-made wild mushroom ravioli, all the tastier enjoyed on the quiet patio this time of year. If you’re looking for a lively night out, try Bella Luna Restaurant and the Milky Way Lounge (284 Amory St., 617-524-6060, for one-stop dining, music, and dancing. Tucked away in the factory-chic Brewery complex, this J.P. institution packs its calendar with many events, such as salsa and merengue nights every Saturday at 9 p.m. To gear up, order Bella Luna’s "Better Than Your Mama’s Meatballs," perfectly paired with Parmesan linguini. And there’s no better way to cool off after dancing than with a scoop or two at the original location of Boston ice cream institution J.P. Licks (659 Centre St., 617-524-6740,, open until midnight.