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Editors’ Choice 

Seaport Grille, Gloucester

The waterfront location—the restaurant overlooks the harbor—is only one reason to visit this Gloucester hotspot. The other is the fried Ipswich clam plate, which comes served with the restaurant’s own tartar sauce. Fat, juicy, and candy-sweet clams are quickly fried and served searingly hot. Diners have weighed in and many agree: There are few better options on the North Shore. 6 Rowe Sq., Gloucester, 978-282-9799, 

Readers’ Choice

Village Restaurant, Essex

When it comes to seafood, the Village Restaurant, in Essex, continues to reign. The restaurant’s whole-belly local clams are a standout: sweet native clams, fried until just done, and accompanied by tartar sauce. Clams are large, succulent, and an exemplary representation of one of the North Shore’s most treasured native foods. 55 Main St., Essex, 978-768-6400, 
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