Nightshade Noodle Bar
The space is almost as seductive as the food at Rachel Miller’s Lynn restaurant, which entices diners with a heady blend of scent, texture and flavor. The menu changes frequently based on what is seasonal and fresh, but you’ll most assuredly find dishes like homemade egg noodles tossed with caramelized garlic sauce, peanuts, and Thai basil, then topped with shredded beef or mushrooms; the curried beef in betel leaves, the luscious bone marrow fried rice, and a selection of “Viet-Cajun.” Everything is all inflected with Miller’s signature mix of Vietnamese flavors.
73 Exchange St., Lynn, 781-780-9470, nightshadenoodlebar.com
Owners Sa Nguyen and Mia Lunt use local and organic ingredients when possible to craft their authentic food. Many recipes were handed down from the pair’s mothers, including the classic pho, which simmers overnight.
10 Bessom St., Unit 9, Marblehead, 781-990-1233, soallbistro.com