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Massachusetts Best Restaurants 2012

Ventuno, Nantucket
If Nantucket were an Italian island, the food might taste something like what Ventuno serves every night. Cape Cod clams become spaghetti alla vongele with the addition of enough garlic. Wild halibut meets locally grown green spring veggies to become merluzzo alla vignarola. Pasta: from $9; entrées: from $29. 21 Federal St. 508-228-4242;

Kane’s Donuts, Saugus
Insomniac doughnut junkies can get their fix at Kane’s from 3:30 a.m. every day. Established in 1955, this internationally acclaimed small-town bakery makes plain, chocolate coconut, honeydip, and a myriad of other doughnuts so large you’d need a bowl of coffee to dunk them. Doughnuts: $1.50 each. 120 Lincoln Ave. 781-233-8499;

The Back Eddy, Westport
Dishes like wood-grilled striped bass and crisply fried bluefish with Portuguese chourico sausage are only enhanced by the water setting. Some diners show up hours early for drinks outdoors on the dockside deck before heading indoors to eat when the sun goes down. Entrées: from $19. 1 Bridge Road. 508-636-6500;

Oro, Scituate
Owners Jill and Robin King are tight with the local fishermen and farmers, and it shows on their French-inspired menu. Even the classic roasted chicken might be accompanied by a salad of local potatoes and Brussels sprouts with mint pesto. Entrées: from $18. 162 Front St. 781-378-2465;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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