Elm Square Oyster Co.
Executive chef Michael Sherman consistently turns out top-notch fare, whether you are seeking a perfectly juicy burger or something more elevated like crudo or a sirloin steak. Nothing comes from a box or a bag—everything from the ketchup to the ground beef, soups to sea salt, is made in-house. Start with the deviled eggs, add in a cocktail from the talented Colin Welch and you have a recipe for a delightful evening—especially out on the charming patio, which evokes a European bistro.
Two Elm Square, Andover, 978-470-2228, elmsquareoysterco.com
The vast selection of craft beers, combined with a menu that stretches from burgers to banh mi, means you’ll find something no matter what you crave at this friendly, comfortable spot.
397a Main St., Wakefield, 781-587-3427, publickitchen.net