Yesterday I had the most wonderful afternoon bopping around Centre Street in Jamaica Plain with my mom and my aunt. The sun was shining, there was a light spring breeze and we had our wallets at the ready for shopping.
We started at our favorite gift store, On Centre. There was a rack out front marked "All items 50% off." On the rack I found a fantastic, black party dress. I also left the store about twenty minutes later with birthday gifts for three friends.
Our next stop was the magnificent hat shop, Salmagundi. I was so enamored with this place that I asked the owner if I could come back and do an entire blog post about them. Stay tuned!
We also popped into Kitchen Witch (the most adorable, fun housewares store) and Boomerangs, where my mother purchased two bud vases for her fresh flower obsession.
After a healthy dose of bopping we needed to refuel. We decided to have lunch at the Real Deal.
When you enter the Real Deal the first thing you notice is the counter. Naturally, they put the baked goods within steps of the front door!
We each ordered the housemade iced tea. My mother and aunt complained that it had no flavor, but I found it nice and refreshing.
Both ladies raved about their sandwiches. They said the bread was thin, but deliciously seasoned. The eggplant was fresh and not overly breaded or fried and all of the veggies were divine. They also both sang the praises of the pesto mayo.
I decided on the portabella panini which included marinated portabella mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, red onion, spinach and pesto mayo. Check out those marks from the panini press!
The one thing I will say is, though these sandwiches are packed with goodies, they are messy to eat. We went through about ten paper napkins each! I wouldn't come here on a first (or second or third) date with someone you really like. Holy unflattering!
To accompany our sandwiches we ordered a side of french fries which came in a brown paper bag.
Our sandwiches at the Real Deal were sublime. The bread was incredible, the ingredients were fresh and every bite was packed with Italian flavor.
The Real Deal is perfect for lunch because the food is great and the place is no fuss. The next time you're in JP, come hang with Carmella.
Visit the Real Deal at either of their two locations: 736 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain or 1882 Centre Street in West Roxbury.