Ellis Square Social
After 18 years at the critically acclaimed Boston steak house Grill 23, chef Jay Murray gets to splash out at Ellis Square. His menu includes seasonally driven small plates from a variety of cuisines and a crazy-good charcuterie platter, all for sharing, alongside hearty entrees and, of course, some perfect steaks. Combine that with friendly service and the cocktail wizardry of Todd Maul, and you’ve got a recipe for success.
252 Cabot St., Beverly, 978-998-4450, ellissquaresocial.com
Elm Square Oyster Co.
Any place with deviled eggs on the menu takes its bar food seriously. Tasty sandwiches are prepared with the same care as the creative entrées.
Two Elm Square, Andover, 978-470-2228, elmsquareoysterco.com