October 7, 2020

Top 5 Places to Eat When Visiting Salem…That Aren’t in Salem

by joeyphoenix

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1. FRANK, 112 Rantoul St. Beverly


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Too crowded in Salem? Enjoy all that local farms on the North Shore have to offer, prepared for you by James Beard award winning Chef Frank McClelland. Chef Frank was farm-to-table before it was “foodie.” When he Frank took over Boston’s legendary L’Espalier in 1988, he pioneered a new, more honest approach to food sourcing and cooking, and popularized a hyper local, minimally processed standard for chefs across the country. He forged lifelong relationships with local New England farmers. He sourced the freshest seasonal ingredients, which he boldly prepared and elegantly presented in one of the world’s most celebrated restaurants.

Today, that same ethos continues with FRANK in Beverly: a lower-key but no less vigorous approach to local and season-centric food. With the same farmer-first philosophy and enduring commitment to credible food origin, FRANK is thrilled to offer an ethical and delicious option for everyday eating.

Follow them on Instagram for specials, events, and reservation instructions: @farmtofrank


2. Soall Viet Kitchen, 211 Rantoul St. Beverly


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Order ahead for the best Vietnamese cuisine you’ve ever had. The owners have won North Shore’s Best Vietnamese food two years in a row from North Shore Magazine, which are the only two years that category has existed. Warm up with a bowl of hot and flavorful pho, grab a banh mi with bread that has been baked according to the exacting standards of the restaurant, and don’t leave without trying the fresh spring rolls! If you are looking for a healthier and affordable option, don’t miss Soall Viet Kitchen.

For the time being they are offering take out only but it would be a mistake to let that deter you! Follow on Instagram for updates and an ordering link: @soallvietkitchen


Flip the Bird Fried Chicken, 407 Cabot St., Beverly, 450 Paradise Rd, Swampscott


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Voted the North Shore’s best sandwich, Flip the Bird is turning out some of the best fried chicken we’ve ever had. And while you should definitely order fried chicken, don’t overlook the frappes on the menu. Frappes are a local staple (don’t call them milkshakes!) and Flip the Bird has added their own twist with flavors like maple and acai. Warning: if you order the Angry Bird (their spiciest sandwich) definitely wear the gloves that come with it. They are not a joke! Take out only.

Flip the Bird has two locations and you can see food from their menu on Instagram: @ftbfriedchicken


REV Kitchen & Bar, 45 Enon St., Beverly


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REV owner Nick Harron set out to have a menu that included revered classic dishes from around the world (but with a nod toward Italy) and REV them up. If the growing popularity of his restaurant is any indication (it is) he’s done a wildly successful job. REV features a spacious dining room, a patio, and take out service. Try the Bang Bang Shrimp, the New England Marsala, and North Ender sandwich. REV is also known for their wide selection of Gluten Free options that are so good, they’re some of the most ordered items on the menu by people with and without dietary restrictions. Don’t leave without trying one of their signature rum drinks made with rum blended right in Salem, MA by Rumson’s Rum!

Follow them at @revkitchenandbar


The Blue Ox, 191 Oxford St., Lynn


Now in its second decade, The Blue Ox continues to impress and delight locals with their brand of ‘destination dining, right around the corner. You’ll find superbly prepared steaks, seafood dishes and a killer wine list. Owner Anthony Caturano keeps things interesting and his staff offers some of the best hospitality around. Over the years, The Blue Ox has become known for their burger but you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. It would be a mistake to leave The Blue Ox without ordering at least one dessert!

Follow them on Instagram @theblueoxlynn


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