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You can’t judge the quality of a Caribbean restaurant in Boston by whether David Ortiz has been there - because, judging by the pictures on the walls, David Ortiz has been to literally every Caribbean restaurant in Boston. But we wouldn’t be surprised if El Oriental De Cuba in JP is legitimately one of his favorites. It’s a small place that makes really big plates of Cuban specialties, and the flaky, oily empanadas might be the best in a neighborhood that has a lot of empanadas. They don’t have a liquor license, but that just makes it a good place to go when you’re not trying to spend too much money.

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Where To Eat And Drink In Jamaica Plain

Our 15 favorite spots in the neighborhood.

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Yely's Coffee Shop

Yeli’s is a great (and cheap) counter-service Dominican place in Jamaica Plain.

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Gustazo

Gustazo is a fun Cuban place in Porter Square with a big menu of small plates and good cocktails.

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La Fabrica

La Fabrica is a lively Latin restaurant in Central Square with live music and a big menu of small plates and ceviche.

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Tres Gatos

Tres Gatos is a restaurant and bar in Jamaica Plain that also sells books and records.