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Best of the North Shore 2018

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NSHOREMAG.COM 36 AUGUST 2018 dine PHOTOGRAPH BY DOUG LEVY G A S T R O P U B EDITORS' CHOICE THE BLUE OX, LYNN STANDOUT QUALITIES: Devotion to high-quality ingredients in everything from the spicy clam chowder to the craft cocktails. WHAT'S UNIQUE: This godfather of North Shore gastropubs jumpstarted the dining scene in Lynn. Now entering its 10th year, it's still firing on all cylinders. FUN FACT: After winning the Boston Battle of the Burgers three years in a row for his truffle aioli–laced Sin Burger, chef/owner Matt O'Neill retired from competition. 191 Oxford St., Lynn, 781-780- 5722, theblueoxlynn.com READERS' CHOICE ELM SQUARE OYSTER CO., ANDOVER STANDOUT QUALITIES: The dream team of executive chef Michael Sherman and bar manager Colin Welch elevate the food and drink experience to greatness. 2 Elm Square, Andover, 978-470- 2228, elmsquareoysterco.com G E N E R A L E X C E L L E N C E EDITORS' CHOICE L'ANDANA, BURLINGTON STANDOUT QUALITIES: The balancing act between sophis- ticated and rustic is something L'Andana has perfected— and it comes straight from executive chef/owner Jamie Mammano, who admits he is a stickler about "everything," from hot plates to the look of each dish as it comes out of the kitchen. The day-to-day operations of the kitchen are run by executive chef Marvin Posada. A chef inspects each plate before it is served, en- suring the dishes consistently meet Mammano's exacting standards. The result is an impeccable dining experi- ence. 86 Cambridge St., Burlington, 781-270-0100, landanagrill.com READERS' CHOICE MATADORA, WOBURN STANDOUT QUALITIES: Located in the newly renovated Hilton Boston/Woburn, the ultra- modern restaurant has an open kitchen concept that creates the feeling of dining in an urban Eu- ropean setting. A life-sized sculp- ture of a bull made of scrap metal greets diners. Matadora's patio, complete with firepits and lounge sofas, flows seamlessly to the central bar inside that features high-top leather banquettes. The dining room has rolling communal tables and stools, and a chef 's counter overlooks the open kitchen and grill. 2 Forbes Rd., Woburn, 781-932- 0999, matadorarestaurant.com The Blue Ox

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