After the discussion about food trucks in the Longwood area and the suggestion for the Gardner Museum cafe, I took advantage of a day when I could eat a real lunch and tried it. Best to go after 2PM (they serve til 4) as it was very busy at 2 but cleared out quickly. Seats about 24 people in a small space overlooking the courtyard. Soup is $6 and most entrees are $10-14. After glancing at the quiche next to me with a big plate of greens, I went with that and it was easily the best quiche I've ever had. Which sounds weird but it had a great crust, caramelized onions, good cheese, nicely dressed greens, with a sourdough roll, it was quite filling. But since I didn't know if I'd ever get back there, I figured I should try the pumpkin bread pudding with creme anglaise. This too was very nice but I think I was too full to really enjoy it, plus I needed to get going. $18 before tax & tip is way more than I ever spend for lunch, but once in a while it's okay.
Speaking of pumpkin, Blue Frog bakery in JP makes a nice pumpkin scone w/ white choc. chips. Moister than most, including their peanut butter choc. chip one. And I always recommend the croissants there. It's nice having this place down the street.