After a quiet autumn that only saw a few restaurant openings — and some new breweries — the North Shore picked up a little bit of steam in winter 2017-2018, snagging its own locations of two Somerville institutions, plus some new poke, doughnuts, and more.
A note on geography: Regional borders can be debatable. For the purposes of North Shore coverage throughout Eater Boston, we use the Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s North Shore Task Force’s definition of “North Shore,” which can be found here.
37 Main St., Amesbury
Inman Square’s popular Trina’s Starlite Lounge, a restaurant and bar with a retro vibe and plenty of hot dogs, cocktails, and fried chicken, expanded to the North Shore this winter (chef Suzi Maitland lives in Amesbury, and co-owner Beau Sturm and his wife Trina live nearby in Newbury.) The team is also behind the Paddle Inn in Newburyport, Parlor Sports in Somerville (next to the original Trina’s), and Audubon in Boston.
Opened: January 2, 2018
503 Rantoul St., Beverly
With fast-casual poke joints spreading rapidly around the East Coast, it was time for the North Shore to get in on the Hawaiian raw seafood dish. Lolo Poke also serves musubi — seaweed wrapped around rice and a protein, such as spam, tofu, salmon, or chicken.
Opened: January 27, 2018
38 Washington St., Newburyport
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, pop-up doughnut company the Angry Donut put down roots with a brick-and-mortar space. In addition to (angry) doughnuts, the bakery serves other baked goods, such as cookies, babka, scones, and muffins, as well as coffee and tea.
Opened: February 1, 2018
163 Squire Rd., Revere
This Thai restaurant replaced another Thai restaurant, Maekha Thai, which closed in late October 2017 due to the owner’s health issues. The new spot serves a large menu of curry-based entrees, noodle dishes (including pad thai and a spicy “country style” version), fried rice, and more.
Opened: January 30, 2018
26 Congress St., Salem
This Italian restaurant with locations in Winthrop and Lynn has replaced the short-lived Trattoria Orsini in Salem. The restaurant serves pizza, pasta, and more, not to mention sangria, and it will feature seasonal outdoor seating along the water when the time comes.
Opened: March 9, 2018
Hotel Salem, 209 Essex St., Salem
The Hotel Salem opened in late 2017, and a New American restaurant called Counter opened soon after on the ground floor as “a modern take on a lunch counter.” Counter serves lunch and dinner, and the bar is open late. It’ll eventually have outdoor dining and a sibling rooftop bar, too.
Opened: January 24, 2018
83 Washington St., Salem
Somerville’s longtime Davis Square creperie has expanded north with a Salem location, serving a huge variety of sweet and savory crepes, plus soups, salads, pastries, and more.
Opened: February 1, 2018
450 Paradise Rd., Swampscott
Located in the Vinnin Square shopping plaza, B.Good is part of a locally owned fast-casual chain that serves burgers, salads, bowls, and more. There are plenty of locations around Massachusetts and beyond — even a few international ones in Canada, Germany, and Switzerland.
Opened: January 29, 2018
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