At the original Jamaica Plain location of Ten Tables, the pastas are homemade and exquisite. The raw materials—bluefish, olive oil, corn, butter, strawberries, whatever—are high-quality and always fresh. And the execution is always spot-on, particularly when it comes to preserved meat preparations like sausage and charcuterie.
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I harbor none of the usual prejudices against vegetarian sandwiches that many carnivores do. To me, a good stack of vegetables, fruits, cheeses, herbs, or tofu (matched with well-chosen condiments, of course) can be at least as satisfying as layers of beef, pork, chicken. The trouble is, I find most of the meatless creations out there unimaginative, if not utterly redundant. One of the exceptions is the Farmer's Lunch ($6.99) at City Feed and Supply, a boutique market in Jamaica Plain.
Jamaica Plain in Boston has three real bakeries: Fiore's Italian Bakery, Blue Frog, and Canto 6. Each one has a strong local following, but which is the best? Many baguettes and croissants later, we have some conclusions.