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Editors’ Choice 

Sea Level Oyster Bar, Salem

What’s unique: Chocolate Dough Boys—Chef Jennifer Normant’s pillowy, hand-molded, fried ravioli, rolled in cinnamon sugar and filled with chocolate. Other fillings, like seasonal fruits or berries, might be offered on special at the chef’s whim.

Fun fact: Chef Normant made it to the final five on Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen TV show.

In the works: Look for the enticing-sounding Twinkie Tiramisu on the dessert menu this summer, along with lemon blueberry pie and carrot cake.

94 Wharf St., Salem, 978-741-0555, 


Readers’ Choice 

Caramel French Patisserie, Salem

Fun fact: It’s run by brother and sister team, Sophie Vallier, who manages the business, and Dimitri Vallier, master chef, both of whom have worked for star chef Daniel Boulud.

281 Essex St., Salem, 978-594-0244,