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Best of the North Shore 2018

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NSHOREMAG.COM 94 AUGUST 2018 indulge PHOTOGRAPHS BY RACHAEL KLOSS which has stops around Andover and North Andover. The moist and perfectly topped cupcakes have a faithful following, so it's not unusual for them to sell out each day. FUN FACT: Owner Nadine Levin left a Boston career in advertising to pursue her passion for baking in 2012. INSIDER TIP: Follow the Twitter and Instagram feeds to find each day's location. @pipedreamcup on Twitter, and @pipedreamcupcakes on Instagram and Facebook. No retail storefront; 978-397- 6470, READERS' CHOICE CUPCAKE CITY, READING WHAT'S NEW: They now have their own cupcake truck, which can be found in Lexington on Wednesdays and Cambridge on Thursdays, in addition to their Reading storefront. 137 Main St., Reading, 781-944-0400, D E S S E R T EDITORS' CHOICE COUNTER, SALEM STANDOUT QUALITIES: Chef Justin Perdue takes inspiration from the counter restaurants of old, including their desserts. Like the main courses, Perdue aims for the desserts to have a balance of flavors, not just sweetness, so he incorporates some vinegar to achieve the effect. The end results are exquisite plates that round out any meal. WHAT'S NEW: Counter's pie menu has just come out, Buttermilk Baking Company featuring two daily pies that change often. INSIDER TIP: Desserts focus on citrus in the wintertime. When snow returns, get the grapefruit tart, a sophisticated grown-up construction of shortbread crust filled with ginger cream, and topped with slices of fresh pink grapefruit, served alongside a scoop of bright basil ice cream. 209 Essex St., Salem, 978-451-4818, READERS' CHOICE BUTTERMILK BAKING COMPANY, NEWBURYPORT STANDOUT QUALITIES: Scones, tarts, and cookies are perfectly baked and often incorporate something savory—bacon's a favorite—in addition to the sweet. 9 Liberty St., Newburyport 978-499-8278,

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