Ithaki Mediterranean Cuisine
This reliable outpost has a strong focus on Greek food, thanks to the heritage of chef/owner Petros Markopoulos, but the menu also stretches to include everything from pasta to burgers. The selection of light, healthy small plates is particularly enticing, from the spread of dips and bread to the pan-fried Cheese Saganaki, served with cucumber salad. Round out your meal with a selection from the interesting array of Greek wines and beers.
25 Hammatt St., Ipswich, 978-356-0099, ithakicuisine.com
Yella on the Water
The spacious deck, decorated with handcrafted ottomans and lighting fixtures imported from Lebanon, and cozy convivial interior space, invites lingering. The menu at Danielle and Carlo Berdahn’s waterfront outpost of Yella Grille, the Andover spot the pair opened in 2009, has the same the Middle Eastern influence that has made the restaurant’s reputation, with a side of ocean breezes.
25 Western Ave., Gloucester, 978-491-5334, yellaonthewater.com