Raise of hands – how many of you Red Line-ers ever make it down to Jamaica Plain?
Almost no one? That’s what I thought. And it’s such a shame that so many of my fellow Cantabridgians and Somervillians (totally making up words now) never make it down to Jamaica Plain. It’s like Somerville’s sister city, or a mini Portland, Oregon, just south of Boston. Yes, it’s a bit of a trip, but so worth it. I love the vibe of the neighborhood, the bars, the galleries, and the friendly people.
Before traipsing about Arnold Arboretum last weekend, I stopped at Vee Vee for brunch. Vee Vee has a special place in my heart – I was introduced to a gallery owner through the restaurant’s manager, which led to my first art show in four years this past November. Obviously, these are some awesome people, and the food reflects their interest in all things good.
The brunch menu looks deceptively simplistic. Frittatas, french toast, an egg sandwich . . . But do not be fooled! That french toast? It’s crusted with granola and served with fruit and whipped cream. The egg sandwich? Forget the egg, there’s bacon, cheddar, avocado, and chipotle aioli getting cozy between the egg and the roll. And the fritattas. Ohh that heavenly mix of eggs, cheese, and whatever mix-ins the chef desires. Always be sure to check out the specials menu to see what special concoctions of awesomeness the chef has come up with that week.
Trust me, the butter-poached lobster on a biscuit with and egg and chive creme-fraiche spread was a real contender. As was the meat frittata, made with chorizo, pulled roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, and jack cheese. But I love my veggies, so I went with the veg fritatta: crimini mushrooms, kale, asparagus, herbs, and bel passe cheese.
It was a good decision.
Yes, a good decision indeed.
Alongside this ridiculously good fritatta is Vee Vee’s equally tasty fried potatoes, a salad of greens lightly dressed with vinaigrette, and a flaky, heavenly biscuit that I originally tried to ignore. I did not succeed though.
I can’t resist a baked good that flaky or buttery. Especially with a smear of butter and jam. It’s just not happening.
Next time you want to change up your brunch routine, give Vee Vee a go. Or if you’re headed down to the First Thursday event on Centre street next week, stop by the restaurant for some local brews and bar bites. You won’t go wrong there either.