Best of Boston

2004 Best Jamaica Plain Restaurant, Neighborhood

Centre Street Café

In a neighborhood brimming with worthy bistros (Ten Tables, Arbor) and watering holes (Milky Way, Doyle’s), finding the best among them seems impossible. Until you’ve tasted brunch at Centre Street. No other place draws such a salad of local characters—yups, students, families, and artists. The food and art are local, too, and the tunes are just loud enough to inspire but not preclude conversation. The servers are so friendly, they feel like buddies who just happen to be fetching you fluffy banana pancakes with farm-fresh blueberries. And that’s the best kind of friend there is.

669A Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-9217,