?photograph by Anthony Tieuli
It’s no surprise that a French bistro–influenced restaurant would top our list for mussels. Gaslight’s moules frites is a luscious bowl of cold-water mussels, steamed in a flavorful mix of white wine, shallots, coriander, and Pernod and served up with a side of hand-cut fries and aioli. Ask for a spoon or use an empty shell to slurp up every last drop of the tasty broth. Helpful servers will be happy to suggest an appropriate libation to accompany your bivalves.
Sea Level Oyster Bar
Enjoy the waterfront view and a choice of four different sauces—smoked tomato, provençal, seafood bisque, or rosemary mustard—to top your shellfish at this new establishment.
94 Wharf St., Salem,? 978-741-0555, sealeveloysterbar.com