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Of course this tasty sandwich is a staple of the North Shore. Check out some of our favorite choices below. Are you curious about who we selected for the BONS winner? Click here.

King’s Famous Roast Beef & Seafood

Photo by Lauren Poussard
145 North St., Salem, 978-745-7779, Everybody has their favorite neighborhood roast beef joint, but King’s towers above the rest. The meat is cut slightly thicker than at other spots which gives it a pleasing bite. This tiny spot, with only three tables for eating in, has been dishing up tasty beef for 15 years. Regulars demand the “three-way,” a generous portion of tender, rare beef with a slather of sauce, mayo, and cheese.

Harrison’s Roast Beef

Photo by Lauren Poussard 80 Chickering Rd., North Andover, 978-687-9158 Thin-sliced and high quality is the mantra at Harrison’s. They’re celebrating 30 years spent pleasing carnivores. As a result, customers from as far afield as Idaho crave their choice top round and enjoy the large retro dining room and rock ‘n’ roll vibe.

Kelly’s Roast Beef

Photo by Lauren Poussard Kelly’s has been keeping the North Shore fed and happy for more than 60 years. As a result of their long history, they’ve actually been around long enough to claim to have originated the roast beef sandwich. While the franchise now boasts five restaurants, selling nearly a million sandwiches a year, there’s no beating the original location on Revere Beach. Walk up to the window, order a couple of sandwiches and a side of onion rings, then cross the street to enjoy it on the beach.
410 Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, 781-284-9129,

Prime Roast Beef

Photo by Lauren Poussard Newcomer Prime is working hard to catch up to its established brethren by using only prime beef, roasted daily, in its sandwiches. Dressings are made in-house, and the beef is sliced thin, almost shaved, and so tender it just melts in your mouth.
85 Andover St. Danvers, 978-767-9505,

Nick’s Roast Beef

Being the best roast beef contest is no small feat given the number of long-standing establishments serving the North Shore’s star sandwich. That in mind, Nick’s has pulled out ahead of its competitors for our BONS awards multiple times. See if they won this year. Its favored sauce could have made the difference. We all know it’s half about the tenderness of the beef, and half about the satiation of the sauce.
139 Dodge St. Beverly, 978-922-9075,