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, barrelhousebeverly.com
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, saltkitchenandrumbar.com