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Best of the North Shore 2018

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dine PHOTOGRAPH BY RAPHAEL BRICKMAN NSHOREMAG.COM 60 AUGUST 2018 BuenoMalo S T E A K EDITORS' CHOICE PELLANA PRIME STEAKHOUSE, PEABODY STANDOUT QUALITIES: This old-school steakhouse serves classic starters such as Clams Casino, shrimp cocktail, and a wedge of iceberg with blue cheese dressing. And they serve every kind of beef cut imaginable, from sirloin to filet mignon to porterhouse to a rib eye—and it is always cooked to your liking. WHAT'S NEW: The restaurant just went through a renova- tion, expanding its bar and lounge area—a wonderful place to meet old friends for cocktails and conversation. 9 Rear Sylvan St., Peabody, 978-531-4800, pellanarestaurant.com READERS' CHOICE PELLANA PRIME STEAKHOUSE, PEABODY S U S H I EDITORS' CHOICE OSAKA ASIAN BISTRO, MERRIMAC STANDOUT QUALITIES: A repertoire that goes well beyond the standard tuna and salmon (though those are exceptionally fresh as well). Menu occasionally offers live scallops, white tuna, and Kumomoto oysters. WHAT'S UNIQUE: Lovely presentation, including a glowing LED display with the sushi boat for two. INSIDER TIP: Explore the small but thoughtful list of sakes by the bottle and good cocktails. 32-34 Broad St., Merrimac, 978-346-8828, osakamerrimac.com READERS' CHOICE (Tie) KOTO GRILL & SUSHI, SALEM INSIDER TIP: You'll often find area chefs from other restaurants here, drawn by the rock'n'roll vibe, fresh fish, and late hours. 90 Washington St., Salem, 978- 594-8681, kotosalemma.com MAKI SUSHI BAR & GRILL, PEABODY INSIDER TIP: Weekday "happy hour" from 5 to 6 p.m. offers several menu favorites for just $3.50. 43 Main St., Peabody, 978-854-5426, makisushibar.net T A C O S EDITORS' CHOICE BUENOMALO, ANDOVER PHILOSOPHY: Just like Abuela makes. Using recipes passed down by his Mexican grandmother, chef/co-owner Franco Lozano III sticks to classic preparations and high- quality ingredients.

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