Editors’ ChoiceThe Blue Ox, Lynn Standout Qualities: Devotion to high-quality ingredients in everything from the spicy clam chowder to the craft cocktails. What’s Unique: This godfather of North Shore gastropubs jumpstarted the dining scene in Lynn. Now entering its 10th year, it’s still firing on all cylinders. Fun Fact: After winning the Boston Battle of the Burgers three years in a row for his truffle aioli–laced Sin Burger, chef/owner Matt O’Neill retired from competition. 191 Oxford St., Lynn, 781-780-5722, theblueoxlynn.com
Readers’ ChoiceElm Square Oyster Co., Andover Standout Qualities: The dream team of executive chef Michael Sherman and bar manager Colin Welch elevate the food and drink experience to greatness. 2 Elm Square, Andover, 978-470-2228, elmsquareoysterco.com
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