Editors’ Choice (TIE)
While you can always pick up a sinful vegetarian burrito, filled with panko-crusted black bean sweet potato hush puppies, or a Korean barbeque taco at the brick-and-mortar Metzy’s Cantina near the Newburyport train station, sightings of the restaurant’s beloved taco truck can be elusive. Watch social media to see if it turns up at the Plum Island Airfield, its summer home in years past, or other spots around the North Shore. Or just stop by the train station, where there’s often live music and maybe even a pick-up game of cornhole.
Butter "UR" Biscuit
Light, airy buttermilk biscuits, fried chicken wrapped in a waffle, deep-fried mac-and-cheese balls . . . every single bite made entirely from scratch. Do we have your attention? One of everything might sound appealing, but if you must choose, get the chicken and waffle: It somehow manages to stay crisp and light while also folding around the filling like a pita. Topped with a house-made coleslaw and roasted corn relish, with the most subtle sweetness from a touch of real maple syrup, it deserves a place in the comfort food hall of fame.
For a fresh-baked sweet treat, it’s hard to beat these indulgent cakes sandwiching sweet creamy filling. From the classic chocolate to inventive flavors like graham cracker or pumpkin, you can’t go wrong. Watch social media for locations, or visit the pop-up in Burlington or the bakery in Topsfield.
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