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Massachusetts Best Restaurants 2012

Massachusetts Best Restaurants 2012
2 votes, 2.50 avg. rating (59% score)

BEST AMERICAN TAVERN FARE
Scarlet Oak Tavern, Hingham
This historic roadhouse features casual chow (chicken pot pie and hanger steaks) at its atmospheric bar and contemporary American bistro fare in the upstairs dining rooms. Succulent Angus steaks are a house specialty, and most of the seasonal produce hails from a nearby farm. Entrées: from $17. 1217 Main St. 781-749-8200; scarletoaktavern.com

BEST PIE
Centerville Pie Company, Centerville
Your family can feast on sea-clam or chicken pot pie before swapping plates for a slice of blueberry, cherry, apple, peach, pumpkin, or lemon meringue pie. Fruit pies: from $8; savory pies: from $9. 1671 Falmouth Road (Route 28). 774-470-1406; centervillepies.com

BEST BAKERY BISTRO
Pb Boulangerie Bistro, Wellfleet
You’ll have to line up for croissants or pain au chocolat at breakfast or for croque monsieur or a tuna confit sandwich at lunch. But make a reservation for dinner and you can be seated on the open porch or in an inside dining room to enjoy seared local swordfish with herb sauce. Pastries: from $2.50; sandwiches: from $8.50; entrées: from $21. 15 Lecount Hollow Road. 508-349-1600; pbboulangeriebistro.com

BEST INTIMATE CAPE DINING
Ten Tables, Provincetown
On rainy evenings, the dining room contains the promised 10 tables, but on most nights this little bistro expands onto a splendidly broad patio, while offering small-plate dining and creative cocktails upstairs in the bar. The seafood comes from neighboring Wellfleet, the vegetables from Cape farms. Entrées: from $21. 133 Bradford St. 508-487-0106; tentables.net/provincetown.html

BEST ISLAND ALES
Offshore Ale, Oak Bluffs
The brick-oven pizzas are big and imaginative (roasted duck with pancetta and leeks, for example), and the seafood, ribs, and burgers all go nicely with Offshore’s Nutbrown Ale. Entrées: from $10. 30 Kennebec Ave. 508-693-2626; offshoreale.com

BEST ISLAND ITALIAN
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; ventunorestaurant.com

BEST EARLY-BIRD TREATS
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; kanesdonuts.com

BEST DOCKSIDE DINING
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; thebackeddy.com

BEST LOCAVORE DINING
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; restaurantoro.com

Please Note: This article 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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