Editors’ Choice 

Kokeshi, Salem 

Standout qualities: Parents can enjoy a craft cocktail while kids are absorbed in Japanese anime shown on a giant TV screen, décor including paper parasols suspended from the ceiling, and walls painted by a local graffiti artist.

What’s Unique: The large, raucous space offers many seating options, accommodating a variety of groups. The kids’ bento box comes with a bendable ninja figure, and enables junior foodies to get creative with selections while allowing picky tots to keep their plain white rice separate from their chicken. 

Fun fact: Pronounced Ko-kesh-ee, the name derives from hand-painted Japanese dolls, following the trend of the owners’ first restaurant, Bambolina, which translates from Italian to baby doll.

41 Lafayette St., Salem, 978-594-4197,


Readers’ Choice 

Flatbread Company, Amesbury

Fun fact: Amesbury was the first location in this pizza empire.

5 Market Square, Amesbury, 978-834-9800,

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