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2022 Comfort Food

Editors’ Choice

The Blue Ox, Lynn

Dedication to local ingredients (including pickles produced right next door in Salem), perfect craft cocktails, and an award-winning burger add up to a soothing night out in this cozy spot. The aptly named Sin Burger drips with truffle aioli and is topped with applewood smoked bacon, but we also love the decidedly nontraditional Tabasco-spiked clam chowder, the tender sweet lobster tacos, and the “Under $5 before 5” menu of specials available Sunday–Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., loaded with Street Corn, oysters, and even fish tacos. 191 Oxford St., Lynn, 781-780-5722,

Readers’ Choice 

Flip The Bird, Beverly

They keep things simple at this counter-service fried chicken spot that has quickly grown to five North Shore locations—crispy poultry on a tender bun, served a variety of ways. We like the O.G., topped with homemade buttermilk ranch and half-sour pickles. But if you want things spicy, grab the Angry Bird. Ribs and frappes round out the menu. 407 Cabot St., Beverly, 978-921-1507,

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