Sea Level Oyster Bar, Newburyport
Standout Qualities: Fresh cod, fried perfectly and served on a brioche roll.
Fun Fact: Chef Jenn Normant has competed on Gordon Ramsay’s TV show Hell’s Kitchen twice, including this winter during the all-stars edition.
Insider Tip: The cocktail In a Pickle—an odd mix of Bully Boy whiskey, Grillo’s pickle juice, fresh lime, and ginger beer—is surprisingly tasty with fried food.
1 Market Square, Newburyport, 978-462-8862, sealevelnewburyport.com
Bob Lobster, Newbury
Standout Qualities: Massive portions—a whole fried filet of haddock with homemade tartar sauce, either traditional tartar or dill.
49 Plum Island Turnpike, Newbury, 978-465-7100, boblobster.com