Fab Eats: November 2014

Japanese Cuisine

At Maki Sushi Bar & Grill sushi is more than just dinner. An art within itself, our menu offers more than 50 delicious sushi rolls to suit any craving. Dine in tonight, you'll never think about sushi the same way again. Maki Sushi Bar & Grill, 43 Main Street, Peabody, 978-854-5426, makisushibar.net

The Spot

The perfect Spot (pun intended) to watch the game, grab a drink with friends or dine with the whole family. The Spot is a neighborhood tavern that was designed to be a gathering place for the entire community. The menu is rooted in American comfort food with a little edge courtesy of the restaurant's creative sushi team. With twelve taps and drink menu that pays homage to the neighborhood, the bar is sure to be the best Spot in town. The Spot, 19 West Main Street, Georgetown, 978-352-3351, georgetownspot.com

Bringing The North End To The North Shore

The Oliviero family has been serving authentic Italian food for over 25 years. We pride ourselves on using the freshest ingredients and serving the finest food. We are the Gold Regional Award Winner of five Readers' Choice awards for #1 Italian Restaurant for two years running (Marblehead, Swampscott, Salem, Peabody, Lynn, Lynnfield)! Caffé Italia, 10 School Street, Marblehead, 781-631-5700, caffeitaliarestaurant.com

D'Amici's Bakery

D'Amici's Bakery is the North Shore's premier bakery for great custom cakes, as well as many delicious products like pies, pastries, cookies, breads and more. All locations feature seating and delicious unique sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, and a variety of hot and cold coffee based craft beverages as well as fresh fruit smoothies. Visit a location near you - Melrose, Reading, and 2 in Lynn! D'Amici's Bakery, damicis.com

Cafe Piazza Dolce, Winchester

Boston Globe, TV diner and many local residence calling this place a real hidden gem. A cozy trattoria serving traditional fare with a contemporary twist. Homemade pastas, fresh local fish, brick oven all wood fired oven create real Neapolitan pizza's. Brunch, lunch, and daily dinner specials, three cozy dining rooms, outside seating, and an all season gazebo. Visit our website for menus and details. Cafe Piazza Dolce, 831 Main Street, Winchester, 781-838-6092, cafepiazzadolce.com

Lighthouse Dining

You're invited to a one-of-a-kind experience, dining at the top of the Newburyport Lighthouse. Named the "Most Romantic and Exclusive Dining" by Boston's Phantom Gourmet, and voted "Top 35 Things To Do" in New England by Yankee Magazine. The panoramic view is breathtaking, and the lighthouse is all yours for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. For reservations, contact The Lighthouse Preservation Society, 611⁄2 Water Street, 1-800-727-BEAM, lighthousepreservation.org

Now Servicing Appetites

"Best in Beverly" and "Readers Choice" awards recognize this neighborhood find as well worth investigating. The defunct auto body shop turned pub celebrates 14 years of serving great food. Modern décor, an ample bar, and generous portions of Italian/ American pub fare make it a winning choice for relaxed dining. Garden City Pub, 21 Enon Street, Beverly, 978-922-9018, gardencitypubbeverly.com

Nguyen's Vietnamese Cuisine & Sushi Bar

Nguyen's offers modern Vietnamese cuisine and brown rice sushi. Enjoy our romantic candle lit dining room while trying the Pho Vietnamese Noodle Soup or lemon grass spiced sirloin steak. Make it a night to remember at Nguyen's. Nguyen's Vietnamese Cuisine & Sushi Bar, 286 Humphrey Street, Swampscott, 781-592-0047, nguyenscuisine.com

Got Whoo(pie)?

Looking to send the perfect gift this holiday season? The Whoo(pie) Wagon offers unique packaging for this gift giving season! Whether it's a college student away from home, business associates, friends or relatives... our scrumptious Whoo(pie)s make the perfect gift every time! Order online. The Whoo(pie) Wagon...even our name is fresh! The Topsfield Bakeshop, 44 Main Street, Topsfield, 978-887-0795, thewhoopiewagon.com

Foodies Eat Free!

Foodies Eat Free! Serenitee Restaurant Group is looking for foodies to come dine in our restaurants and fill us in on your experience of our food, drinks and service. To join our secret shopper program you just need to pass our Foodie Quiz. Send us an email with the subject “NS Foodie Quiz” to NorthshoreRestaurantGroup@gmail.com. Serenitee Restaurant Group, sereniteerestaurants.com

New American Cuisine

A diverse menu influenced by French techniques, Italian flavors, and Asian spices. We offer creative appetizers, entrees and desserts in addition to a three course Prix Fixe menu at great value. Offering both on-site and off-site catering from appetizers to entrées to desserts, we will make the perfect customized menu for you and your budget. Ohana, 151 Main Street, Gloucester, 978-283-3200, ohanacapeann.com

The Lazy Dog Sports Bar

Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grille of Lynn is truly the closest thing to the iconic "Cheers." Our mouth watering signature steak tips, burgers, baked beans, seafood and Italian specialties are pub fare taken to the next level that won't hurt your wallet. There's entertainment 7 nights a week from karaoke to trivia to live music. Kid Friendly too! The Lazy Dog Sports Bar, 328 Broadway, Lynn, 781-477-1988, lazydogoflynn.com

I Dream of Jeanne Cakes

Bring some sweet magic to your holiday table this year! Let I Dream of Jeanne Cakes provide luscious desserts and treats for your special meals and holiday parties or a festively decorated gingerbread house centerpiece. Our holiday menu includes tarts, cheesecakes, tortes and our famous gingerbread men cookies that you won’t find anywhere else. I Dream of Jeanne Cakes, 978-869-6013, jtcakes.com

The Taste You’ll Remember

Come enjoy our fresh local fish, homemade pastas, hand-cut in house aged steaks, hormone free chicken, and milk fed veal that is so tender you can cut with your fork. All meals are individually prepared with authentic southern Italian flavors by Chef Benedetto Carenza. After dinner, treat yourself at our newly renovated bar, centered around great drinks and an inviting atmosphere. Paradiso Ristorante,15 Railroad Avenue, Swampscott, 781-581-7552, paradisoristorante.net

Angelina's Italian Restaurant

Specializing in Fine Italian Cuisine, served in simple elegance. In addition to serving Italian staples such as chicken parmiagina and veal marsala, we also offer our homemade raviolis, polanta made exactly how Nonno made it and served it, on the wooded board and a selection of fresh Italian seafood dishes prepared by Chef Novello, raised in Gloucester, MA. Come and enjoy the tastes of Italy. Angelina's Italian Restaurant, 1866 Main Street, Tewksbury, 978-319-9573, angelinasitalianrestaurantandpizzeria.com

Cantonese Restaurant

Welcome to Su Chang’s, the North Shore’s first Cantonese restaurant. Come and enjoy our authentic ginger scallion lobsters and our shrimp stuffed eggplant in a black bean sauce. Our chefs always choose the freshest ingredients for all of our authentic and luscious meals. You will find Cantonese cooking at Su Chang's to be light and healthy. Make it your home away from home. Su Chang's, 373 Lowell Street, Peabody, 978-531-3366, suchangspeabody.com

Cygnet Bakery

Leaves are falling and you will fall for our delicious decorated butter cookies! Stop in and have one with our micro roasted pumpkin spice coffee, order a dozen to take to a party or send a care package to your favorite college or prep student. We also do custom cookie packages for birthdays, bar mitzvah’s and weddings! Email orders@cygnetbakery.com. Cygnet Bakery, 40 Atlantic Ave, Marblehead, 781-631-4000, cygnetbakery.com

Where the Locals Come to Dine and Unwind

One of newest dining destinations in Salem and quickly becoming one of the favorites. Voted "Best Casual Dining Experience", by The Salem News and "Taster Choice" for our award winning lobster rolls! Add sandwiches, carefully crafted flatbreads, and seasoned burgers and sliders that are meant to be enjoyed at the long lively bar. 70" TV's, great view of the marina, and outside patio. Its the place to see and be seen! Longboards Restaurant & Bar, 72 Wharf Street, Salem, 978-745-6659, longboardscafe.com

Latitude 43

Latitude 43 is bursting with creative architecture and jaw-dropping artwork. It’s coastal cuisine highlights fresh, local seafood with a creative flair and contemporary sushi that has earned the title of “Best Sushi” from Northshore Magazine four years in a row. Latitude 43 features fireside dining in their intimate lounge. Plus, it’s a destination for an entire evening under one roof as guests can enjoy live music down the hall at Minglewood Tavern. Latitude 43, 25 Rogers Street, Gloucester, 978-281-0223, latfortythree.com

Salt Kitchen and Rum Bar

SALT Kitchen and Rum Bar is a new “gastro pub” located in historic Ipswich, MA. SALT serves locally sourced “elevated comfort food” in a rustic and inviting atmosphere. We also boast a 14 seat bar which will emphasize rum, an approachable wine list, hand crafted cocktails and a wide selection of micro brews. Come see what has made us BONS reader’s choice “Best New Restaurant” 2013. Salt Kitchen and Rum Bar, One Market Street, Ipswich, 978-356-0002, saltkitchenandrumbar.com

Mombo Restaurant

Mombo Restaurant is located in Portsmouth, NH’s historic Stawbery Banke. View the gardens of Prescott Park & the Piscataqua River while dining. Walk under the wood beamed ceiling and wrought iron chandeliers and feel the relaxed elegance. Mombo showcases made from scratch American cuisine with a twist. Stay and let us spoil you with our ever – changing menu. Mombo Restaurant, 66 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH, 603-433-2340, momborestaurant.com

Il Tramezzino Place

Come check out the new look of Il Tramezzino Place in Cummings Center! Come in for a cappuccino made with Lavazza and enjoy one of our delicious specials made fresh daily. Not sure what to do for dinner? Stop by and pick up one of our “dinners to go”- precooked and ready to bring home! Il Tramezzino Place, 100 Cummings Center -127Q, Beverly, 978-922-7007, iltramezzinoplace.com

Where the Food is Even Better Than the View

The original family owned restaurant since 1977, serves a wide variety of fresh seafood, Italian favorites, and wood fired pizza. The function rooms, with beautiful water views, are available for all occasions from family and office parties, to showers and weddings. The Sunday Brunch (from 11-2) was voted "Best Brunch on the North Shore" The Marina Restaurant & Bar at the Wharf, 543 North Shore Road, Revere, 781-629-3798, themarinawharf.com

Local Farm Fresh Ingredients

Scratch Kitchen is a quality-driven restaurant with a focus on regional and local, farm-fresh ingredients. We feature house smoked meats homemade: bacon, breads, condiments, pickles. We believe in helping our regional and local producers by show- casing their efforts to the best of our abilities in creating dishes that let their hard work stand forward. Enjoy. Scratch Kitchen, 245 Derby Street, Salem, 978-741-2442, scratchkitchensalem.com

Prides Crossing Confections

We still make candy the old fashioned way.... by hand. Our version of the sweet and salty caramel is offered in a variety of salts including bacon, espresso, merlot, ginger and habanero. Celebrating thirty-two years making brittles and buttercrunch by hand, as well as our famous turtles, truffles and creams. Our confections are the perfect gift for the holidays. Prides Crossing Confections, 590 Hale Street, Prides Crossing, 978-927-2185 pridescrossingconfections.com

Your Local Butcher & Grocer

In keeping with our core values, we offer only the finest of the North Shore in both our retail environment and catering services. As the holidays approach we will provide only the finest in fresh turkeys, crown roasts, and rib roasts to satisfy all your dining needs. Reserve yours today! Prime Meats & Provisions, 15 Enon Street, Beverly, 978-564-3200, primemeatsandprovisions.com

DoubleTree by Hilton

A little something for everyone! Focusing on North Shore favorites, Chef Beatty uses fresh and local ingredients to put a modern spin on classic favorites. Come enjoy our new menu which features our Hot New England Lobsta Roll, Pan Seared 8oz Filet Mignon, and our signature Cobb Salad. Our in-house restaurant is open 7 days a week and serves American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. DoubleTree by Hilton, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, 978-750-7960

Farm-to-Table Brunch Experience

We are proud to present to you, our locally sourced, farm-to-table brunch experience every Sunday. We locally source our eggs from Apple St. Farm, and our milk, yogurt, and cheese from Appleton Farms. The pickling for our Bloody Mary bar and meat curing for our breakfast meats are done in house. Come and experience what we can craft from these amazing, fresh, local ingredients. Foreign Affairs Wine Bar & Bistro, 26 Central Street, Manchester, 978-704-9568, foreignaffairswineandbistro.com

Ipswich Clambake Company

Are you planning a Holiday Party for family, friends or coworkers? Ipswich Clambake Company isn’t just for clambakes and BBQ’s, we cater all year round. Call our sales team to help create the perfect menu for your event. We pride ourselves in quality food, service and competitive pricing. Make your party one to remember. Call to reserve your date today! Ipswich Clambake Company, 196 High Street, Ipswich, 978-356-2050, ipswichclambake.com

Engine House Restaurant

Two North Shore chefs, Paul Moore and Brad Cipperly take over a landmark, Engine House Restaurant. Keeping with tradition of the best hand tossed Italian pizza on the North Shore, homemade pasta dishes, sandwiches on baked rolls daily, new salads, great beer and wine. New addtions coming in December, adding some of the best comfort foods in the North Shore. Engine House Restaurant, 71 Lafayette Street, Salem, 978-745-1744, enginehouserestaurant.com

Donatello Restaurant - Italian Done Right

The Dicenso Family is proud to have one of the North Shore’s finest authentic Italian restaurants. Featuring classic Italian dishes at a great value. Open for lunch and dinner, come join us and experience the award-winning taste of Donatello. Featuring an extensive wine list, beautiful banquet rooms for your special occasions, and a comfortable bar. We look forward to serving you soon. Donatello Restaurant, 44 Broadway, Rt. One, North Saugus, 781-233-9975, donatello-restaurant.com

The Best Things in Life are SWEET

Let Cupcake City help with your holiday and special occasion needs! Our gourmet cupcakes are baked fresh daily with no preservatives. We specialize in custom orders from a dozen to 1000. You can even rent our Cupcake Truck for your next corporate or larger private event. Cupcake City, 137 Main Street, Reading, 781-944-0400, or 313 Walnut Street, Newtonville, 617-916-0730, cupcake-city.com

Pleasurable Dining

The Hardcover has been proudly serving the North Shore since 1975. Featuring award-winning hand-cut aged steaks, prime top sirloin cuts, prime rib, salad bar, fresh fish, and fine seafood. The Hardcover has been honored with many Regional Gold Awards by People's Choice. Enjoy selections from our extensive wine list or one of our specialty martinis. The Hardcover Restaurant, 15A Newbury Street, Route 1 North, Danvers, 978- 774-1223, barnsiderrestaurants.com

Go Patriots!

Try our Smoked Ribs Special or Wings when the Pat’s play and remember the holidays are around the corner. Let us nourish your guests with one of our varied catering packages so you can enjoy the day! Phantom Gourmet rated “Gourmet Greatness” Must Eat Here and Top Ten BBQ’s in N.E. “Wood Smoked BBQ” combines delicious generous portions, affordable pricing, friendly service in a comfortable, warm, inviting atmosphere. American BBQ, 950 Cummings Center, Beverly, 978-921-1212, and 5 Railroad Avenue, Rowley, 978-948-2626, tabbq.com

Port City Sandwich Co.

Port City Sandwich Co. is a family owned and operated restaurant situated on Newburyport's historic waterfront. We proudly serve our fresh baked muffins, homemade soups, delicious sandwiches, crisp salads and tasty wraps daily. Since our inception we have been humbled by our local support winning Newburyport's Best Sandwich Shop 3 years in a row and Best of The Northshore 2 years in a row. Port City Sandwich Company, 40R Merrimac Street, Newburyport, 978-358-8628, portcitysandwichco.com

A New England Classic Celebrates 1 & 20

A Year of Firsts! Our seafood heritage comes to Salem where the catch-of-the-day becomes classic seafood and creative daily specials. Winning BONS, CrabFest in June, and September's OysterFest. November it's LobsterFest, celebrating year one in Salem and our 20th in Melrose. We’re early to the docks as good fish go fast but, the best goes to us, then to you, dock to table, same day! New England's best seafood experience. Turner's Seafood, Salem, 978-745-7665, & Melrose, 781-662-0700, turners-seafood.com

Home Style Cooking at It’s Finest

Welcome to Christopher’s Restaurant! We are committed to satisfying our customers with great food and excellent service. We offer a wide variety of delicious dishes for breakfast and lunch. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you can find it here! Take a look at our wonderful menu and you’ll find everything that you need! We hope to see you soon! Christopher's Restaurant, 580 Main Street, Reading, 781-944-3663, christophersreading.com

OTTO Pizza

With hand-tossed dough and a passion for simple, delicious food, OTTO takes a refreshing spin on a timeless classic, serving up award-winning pizza recipes such as the ‘Mashed Potato, Bacon and Scallion’ & the ‘3 Cheese Tortellini’. Now offering online ordering and free delivery. OTTO Pizza, 1210 Market Street, Lynnfield, 781-872-6991 & 202 Merrimac Street, Newburyport, 978-225- 6161, ottoportland.com

The Natural Grocer

Since 1997, The Natural Grocer has provided Greater Newburyport with a unique collection of certified organic & specialty foods, produce and delicious prepared foods. We also offer the highest- quality supplements, health & body care items, and safe home products. Check out our daily menu on the web at: thenaturalgrocer. net. Follow our food and other adventures through our Blog at: thenaturalgrocer.tumblr.com. The Natural Grocer, 334 High Street, Newburyport, 978-463-8713

Honey Baked Ham

Come visit the worlds best ham. We sell boneless and whole turkeys, side dishes, desserts and other premium products. We do catering, lunch, and business gifting. Come see what makes us the worlds best! Honey Baked Ham, 405 Broadway Street, Saugus, 781-233-9000, myhoneybakedstore.com/saugus/7006

Now Open at MarketStreet Lynnfield!

Enter this true house of exquisite elegance where fine cuisine isn’t just our business; it’s our passion. FuGaKyu's extensive menu of traditional and nouveau Japanese cuisine, includes sushi, sashimi, tempura, as well as unique entrees rarely found outside of Japan. Our extensive sake list includes handmade sake imported from Japan. Stop in today! FuGaKyu, 630 Market Street, Lynnfield, 781-334-3833, fugakyu.net

New Food Destination!

Lakeview Kitchen is your new destination for fresh, luncheon paninis, soups and salads. Enjoy our intimate cafe for your baked- from- scratch scones, muffins and cookies along with your coffee, expresso or fine teas. Discover our wide variety of pastas, sauces, fine cheeses and special cured meats. Don’t forget to tour our “Chocolate Box” of international chocolates. Lakeview Kitchen, 151 South Main Street, Bradford, 978-241-9226