Neighborhood cafe in JP offers pastries, sandwiches, and more

In addition to baked goods and latte, Tania and Phil Peterson (middle right) serve up sandwiches, salads, soups, and ice cream at the bright, airy Cafe Bartlett Square in Jamaica Plain.
In addition to baked goods and latte, Tania and Phil Peterson (middle right) serve up sandwiches, salads, soups, and ice cream at the bright, airy Cafe Bartlett Square in Jamaica Plain.Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

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If Jamaica Plain is Boston’s Brooklyn, Amory Street is its Williamsburg -- home to artists, hipsters, musicians, and cafes. The newest addition is bright, airy Cafe Bartlett Square, at the corner of Amory and Green streets, in an area known as Bartlett Square, the kind of neighborhood hangout where tattooed customers tote laptops and toddlers in approximately equal numbers. “Boy, is it exciting!” enthuses operating partner Phil Peterson, who helped open Hi-Rise Bread Co. in Cambridge years ago. Peterson’s vision for Bartlett Square involves “good solid food, nothing too fancy, using honest ingredients and good techniques.” The menu offers gooey grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches, a delicious Americanized banh mi, salads, soups, ice cream from Christina’s in Cambridge, the requisite froyo, and baked goods by Peterson’s wife, Tania.

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