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Barbara Jean

Perfect For: Outdoor/Patio Situation

Located in the old Mare space on Melrose, Barbara Jean is bringing “elevated soul food” to one of the best back patios you forgot existed. And while there’s definitely some good stuff on the menu (the Mary’s Chicken and chicken liver butter are both excellent), the rest is pretty hit-or-miss. With hip hop blasting over the loudspeakers and couches lining the back wall, it feels like deep down this place just wants to be a sceney lounge rather than a restaurant.

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