Ledger, SalemStandout Qualities: Pastry chef Michelle Boland takes center stage for brunch, with a donut of the day and the Department Store Blueberry Muffin—her take on the famous Jordan Marsh treat.
What’s Unique: Bananas Foie-ster—grilled slices of banana bread, smeared with foie gras butter and rum caramel sauce.
Fun Fact: The safe from the old bank was converted to a walk-in refrigerator.
125 Washington St., Salem, 978-594-1908, ledgersalem.com
The Poynt, NewburyportFun Fact: The self-serve Bloody Mary bar offers everything from bacon and cheese to pickled vegetables and extra-hot sauce.
31 Water St., Newburyport, 978-358-8501, poyntnewburyport.com