Best Chow on the North Shore. Period.
What is your #1 on the North Shore ? The place- no I mean THE PLACE - you go for that perfect experience of great food, classic NS vibe, good service...the total package. I am too jaded at this point to pick one...but it might be Duckworth's in Gloucester. ...but I need to report back from Market, in Annisquam.
The North Shore is now home to several great chef-owned restaurants. The Market in Annisquam has excellent, locally sourced food in a beautiful relaxed setting. Both chefs are from Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA. For a seat on the water with and terrific food, it's definitely worth the drive.
5 Corners Kitchen recently opened in Marblehead and Barry Edelman, who was previously chef at both Lumiere and Aquitaine is serving up some marvelous meals there at very reasonable prices. It's a small room, though, and can get noisy. 62 on Wharf is also quite good, and Chef Tony Bettencourt's signature is amazing hand made pasta. He has started to source locally as well and is currently using produce from First Light Farm. The Blue Ox in Lynn is always a pleasure, I haven't had a bad meal there yet.
I absolutely love the Blue Ox. Ate there 2 weeks ago. Itwas wonderful. Sixty Two on the Wharf is also very good. I usually go to Jack Tar's every other week since I live in Marblehead. The owners Emily and Scott are terrific and the food is very tasty.
191 Oxford Street, Lynn, MA 01901
Jack Tar Restaurant
126 Washington St Ste 2, Marblehead, MA 01945
The following is from a blog I just started "North Shore Restaurant Reviews"
Brutole is an excellent fine dining restaurant. When I ate there about six months ago, everything was perfect from the food to the service. For an appetizer I had the Fried Calamari which was great since it wasn't at all greasy or overly breaded. Then for the main course I had the Braised Short Ribs which were amazingly delicious, as well as a decent sized portion. My wife had a baked fish dish (can't remember which) that was also incredible since it just melted in my mouth with a buttery tenderness. The environment is very upscale and the service was extremely attentive.
This is probably more of a special occasion type of restaurant since the check came to around $100 for two and no alcohol was ordered. The only possible negative is that it's located next to a crappy motel which seems like a strange combination from the outside.
I rate it a 5 out of 5.
65 Newbury St, Danvers, MA 01923