Teresa’s Prime, North Reading
Standout qualities: Three triple-thick slabs of bacon, slow cooked for four hours, seared with a Maker’s Mark bourbon glaze and topped with cherries. This salty-sweet umami bomb is one of the most unique—and popular—appetizers around.
What’s Unique: The restaurant, built on the grounds of a former country club, is part of a complex that includes a more casual pub and a seasonal pool club.
Fun Fact: The bacon appetizer was the first dish they created for the Teresa’s Prime menu.
20 Elm St. (Rte. 62), North Reading, 978-276-0044, teresaseatery.com/prime
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