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Best of the North Shore 2018

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NSHOREMAG.COM 44 AUGUST 2018 dine PHOTOGRAPHS BY, TOP TO BOTTOM, DOUG LEVY, ANTHONY TIEULI M E X I C A N EDITORS' CHOICE HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA, SALEM PHILOSOPHY: Freshness, flavor, and value. This trio of taquerias around the North Shore (Marblehead, Salem, and North Andover) is focused on using high-quality ingredients for its scratch-made Mexican goodness while keeping prices low. WHAT'S UNIQUE: The North Andover location is fast casual with a full bar, so you can place your order online, and then grab a table and enjoy a margarita. INSIDER TIP: The Salem location offers a wide selection of craft beers, as well as beer cocktails. 76 Lafayette St., Salem, 978-744- WOLF (9653); The Crossroads, 550 Turnpike St., North Andover, 978-208-1701; 87 Pleasant St., Marblehead, 781-990-1866, READERS' CHOICE HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA, SALEM M U S S E L S EDITORS' CHOICE SEA LEVEL OYSTER BAR, SALEM STANDOUT QUALITIES: A choice of three sauces: smoked tomato, provençal, or seafood bisque. We like the light smoked tomato broth. INSIDER TIP: Order a side of fries to dip in the broth. FUN FACT: Servers' t-shirts have cheeky expressions like, "Wanna see my mussels?" 94 Wharf St., Salem, 978-741- 0555, READERS' CHOICE GASLIGHT, LYNNFIELD INSIDER TIP: The fire pit out front is a delightful spot to enjoy a steamy bowl of mussels awash in white wine and butter. 1100 Market St., Lynnfield, 781- 334-3433, N E W R E S T A U R A N T EDITORS' CHOICE MATADORA, WOBURN STANDOUT QUALITIES: The menu, which was developed by COJE's culinary director, Tom Berry, and is executed by Mata- dora's chef de cuisine, William (Billy) Jimenez, is focused on tailored tapas and flavorful cuts of meat and fish from the kitchen's centerpiece—the custom, wood-fired grill. WHAT'S UNIQUE: Dining in Spain is done at a leisurely pace over several hours—very different from our hurry-up- and-eat meals in the States. But if you have time and are game, don't stop at the tapas—the true gems of this Spanish eat- ery are its savory wood-fired steaks, pork chops, and fish. 2 Forbes Rd., Woburn, 781-904- 0658, READERS' CHOICE MATADORA, WOBURN Gaslight Lynnfield; below, Matadora chef Billy Jimenez

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