Editors’ Choice

Barrel House American Bar, Beverly 

Standout Qualities: Upscale offerings from octopus and foie gras to a classic, well-crafted hamburger. 

What’s Unique: A long communal table dominates the dining room, inviting large parties to gather or strangers to become friends.

Fun fact: Bartender Deanna McCallum took second place this year in the New England Speed Rack Competition, which pits female bartenders against one another in a mixology race to benefit breast cancer research.

252 Cabot St., Beverly, 978-998-4627,


Readers’ Choice 

Salt Kitchen & Rum Bar, Ipswich

What’s unique: The Farmhouse Burger served on a pretzel roll, the lobster Reuben topped with coleslaw, and the fried chicken and bacon waffles are all examples of their kicked-up comfort food.

1 Market St., Ipswich, 978-356-0002,


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