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Beloved Taco Shop Chilacates Will Expand in Jamaica Plain

The first location will grow, and a second location is heading to Centre Street


A tiny, popular taco shop in Jamaica Plain will add another location in the neighborhood. Chilacates plans to take over the space Pink Samurai briefly occupied on Centre Street, bringing a second location to life a little more than a year after opening, Boston Restaurant Talk reports.

Chilacates first opened at 224 Amory St. in July 2015, as previously reported, and the restaurant will now add a new location in the area, an employee reached at the restaurant confirmed Friday.

In addition to the new digs at 658 Centre St. (formerly Pink Samurai), Chilacates will be expanding its existing original location, which currently seats 10 and specializes in tacos, burritos, tortas, and more, filled with with grilled chicken, carne asada, and fish, among other options.

In its year-and-a-half existence, Chilacates — which is included on our list of Boston’s 38 essential restaurants — has built up quite a following thanks to its friendly staff and excellent food. As Catherine Smart wrote in a January 2016 Globe review, the restaurant “isn’t a divey taco stand. It’s not a place to linger over a $15 agave margarita. And, thank heavens, it’s not an Americanized abomination serving greasy chimichangas.” Grab a taco, grab a bottle of Jarritos, and enjoy.

Three tacos line a metal tray, with lime and radish garnishes
Tacos from Chilacates
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

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Chilacates (Amory Street - JP)

224 Amory St, , MA 02130 (617) 522-6000 Visit Website

Pink Samurai

658 Centre St., Boston, MA