I love Jamaica Plain. I am pretty sure that if we stay on the East coast, JP will be the next place we move. I first started spending time in this Boston neighborhood about three and a half years ago when I started volunteering at the MSPCA, and I have been going back ever since.
Canary Square’s space is SO different than that of its previous occupant, Alchemist (a restaurant I really liked!). Where Alchemist was broken into rooms, Canary Square is wide open with a long bar at the far end of the room and tons of windows.
Any restaurant that starts my experience off with house-made pickles gets an immediate gold star. If these were on the menu, I would have gotten several orders. I am a pickle fiend.
Canary Square has a really good beer and cocktail menu as well as quite a few wines by the glass. It was hard to decide what to order, but I settled on a Harpoon Leviathan, a dark, strong beer served in a cute little glass. The beer was actually too dark to photograph in the dark room, but it was really good.
Deciding on a meal was even more difficult. I thought for sure I would get the SLT, a BLT with smoked salmon in place of the bacon. And I really do want to return to try that.
But, when my eyes came across a really interesting salad, my greens-craving body decided to go for it.
WARM SWISS CHARD AND CRANBERRY
fire roasted pulled chicken, pecans, poached egg, bacon
Interesting, right? I love chard, and as I am going to be focusing more on getting stronger and toned in my workouts, I liked that this had a lot of protein from the egg and chicken. This was the perfect winter salad, and I never would have dreamed it up!
My husband’s meal was a little less exciting but just as delicious.
WOOD ROASTED PULLED CHICKEN
canary slaw, bbq sauce, black pepper brioche,
hand cut fries
These were some seriously good fries, thick cut, well-salted, rustic and flavorful. The slaw was quite good as well, and the tender, zesty chicken went perfectly with the peppery bread.
Canary Square was a great place for a casual and reasonably priced meal. The service was quick and friendly, the vibe was fun and relaxed, and the restaurant was bustling but not obnoxiously loud. I look forward to returning to sample some of their special cocktails.
I have been on a big greens craving lately but feeling too cold to eat salads, so warm greens it is! What have you had a craving for these days?