Elm Square Oyster Co., Andover
What’s Unique: Owner Matt Morello drives up to Kittery twice a week to secure the freshest, most unique oysters he can find, and loves to share the backstories with staff and customers.
What’s new: A line of handcrafted hot sauces to accompany the babied bivalves.
Insider tip: A daily $1.49 oyster special from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.—chef’s choice.
2 Elm Square, Andover, 978-470-2228, elmsquareoysterco.com
Island Creek Oyster Bar, Burlington
Standout Qualities: The restaurant grew from Skip Bennett’s carefully managed oyster farm, which ships to Michelin-starred restaurants like Per Se in New York.
What’s Unique: Training—the opening staff for the Burlington location spent a day down on the farm, learning about how the oysters are grown and harvested, and studying huge binders about “merroir” and flavor profiles.
What’s new: The “Back Bar” series the last Sunday of the month through the summer offers oyster pairing and education with ICOB’s top experts.
300 District Ave., Burlington, 781-761-6500, islandcreekoysterbar.com
Insider tip: Brine has a robust caviar program and sometimes offers plates that combine the two for the ultimate indulgence.
25 State St., Newburyport, 978-358-8479, brineoyster.com