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Editors’ Choice 

Buttermilk Baking Company, Newburyport 

Standout qualities: Flaky hand pies and full-size ones—if you feel the need to share—are stuffed with local ingredients, from injudicious amounts of butter to seasonal fruits.

What’s new: An adorable line of logowear, from baseball caps and umbrellas to yoga mats toted in bags that read, “After this we’re eating carbs.”

Fun fact: The very tall apple pie includes 10 apples.

In the works: Owner Ashley Bush is generous with her pie knowledge—check the website for a schedule of baking classes this fall and winter.

9 Liberty St., Newburyport, 978-499-8278,


Readers’ Choice 

Agawam Diner, Rowley

Fun fact: The diner, which was moved to Rowley from Ipswich, takes its name from a local Native American tribe, not from the town in Western Massachusetts.

166 Newburyport Tpke., Rowley, 978-948-7780