General Excellence 

Editors’ Choice

Elm Square Oyster Co., Andover  

Outstanding Qualities: Executive chef Michael Sherman deftly blends the best of molecular gastronomy with approachable New England fare to come up with dishes that are exciting yet familiar. 

What’s unique: Everything is made in-house, including ketchup, bacon, vinegar, and finishing salts. A large selection of wines by the glass, alongside beer and cocktail offerings, can be perfectly paired to your meal by bar manager Colin Welch.

Fun Fact: Sherman uses his dehydrator to create everything from yogurt powder to chewy beer, enabling adventurous diners to experience a familiar flavor in a whole new way.

Insider tip: The five-course tasting menu is a thrill ride of tastes and textures, combining favorites, seasonal bites, and newly developed dishes.

2 Elm Sq., Andover, 978-470-2228,


Readers’ Choice 

Mission Oak Grill, Newburyport 

Insider tip: Owner Wellington Augusto hails from Brazil—the dishes on his predominantly steak house menu from his home country are outstanding.

26 Green St., Newburyport, 978-463-9009,


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