Sea Level Oyster Bar, SalemStandout Qualities: A choice of three sauces: smoked tomato, provençal, or seafood bisque. We like the light smoked tomato broth.
Insider Tip: Order a side of fries to dip in the broth.
Fun Fact: Servers’ t-shirts have cheeky expressions like “Wanna see my mussels?”
94 Wharf St., Salem, 978-741-0555, sealeveloysterbar.com
Gaslight, LynnfieldInsider Tip: The firepit out front is a delightful spot to enjoy a steamy bowl of mussels awash in white wine and butter.
1100 Market St., Lynnfield, 781-334-3433, gaslightlynnfield.com