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Massachusetts Dining 2009

Massachusetts Dining 2009
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by in May 2009

Best Dessert Sampler:
HEATHER, Mashpee
The inspired menu will tempt you to fill up on the savory courses, but leave room for a sweet finish–especially since there’s a marvelous sampler plate featuring up to 15 perfectly arranged portions of most of the dessert selections, composed with truffles and other sugary morsels. Entrées: from $19. 20 Joy St., South Cape Village. 508-539-0025; restaurantheather.com

Best Fusion Cuisine:
ABBA, Orleans
In the right hands, melding ingredients from different cultures is an act of revelation, producing tastes of which you simply can’t get enough. Chef Erez Pinhas creates unforgettable Mediterranean/Asian dishes such as Thai sate duck breast with herbed gnocchi, filet mignon with green coconut curry, and grilled tuna in a balsamic miso mustard sauce. Entrées: from $18. 89 Old Colony Way. 508-255-8144; abbarestaurant.com

Best Cape Sushi:
MAC’S SHACK, Wellfleet
Nothing showcases the impeccably fresh local seafood at this casual eatery, housed in a building with a wooden dory on the roof, better than its sushi menu. Generous nigiri slices and inventive maki rolls come with well-chosen cold sakes. For the day’s best catch, try the sashimi platter. Call or visit the Web site for a seasonal schedule. Entrées: from $19. 91 Commercial St., Wellfleet. 508-349-6333; macsseafood.com

Best Dining for Foodies with Children:
LURE RESTAURANT, Edgartown
Traveling with your little ones? At the Winnetu Oceanside Resort on Martha’s Vineyard, you can enjoy a family meal without dropping your dining standards. Kids get the pizza, chicken fingers, tacos, and other dishes that they love, while you get to enjoy a full menu of local seafood, island-raised lamb, and other exceptional “farm-to-table” dishes. Call for seasonal hours. Entrées: from $18. Winnetu Oceanside Resort, 31 Dunes Road. 508-627-3663; winnetu.com

Best Bistro:
ORAN MOR, Nantucket
Up a flight of copper steps from the street sits an intimate pair of dining rooms whose attractive earth-toned decor is a warm prelude to delicious, beautifully prepared food. Familiar dishes–grilled steak, roasted fowl, sauteed fish–are presented in novel guises, recognizable flavors coming together in captivating combinations. Call for seasonal hours. Entrées: from $32. 2 South Beach St. 508-228-8655; oranmorbistro.com

Best Gelato:
SOUTHFIELD STORE, Southfield
What was once the general store for a tiny rural hamlet has now become a casual culinary offshoot of the renowned Old Inn on the Green in nearby New Marlborough. Yes, the breakfast pastries are outstanding, and the dinners leave foodies sighing, but for visions of paradise don’t miss the gelato–rich, smooth, and absolutely singing with pure, stunning flavor. 163 Norfolk Road. 413-229-5050; southfieldstore.com, oldinn.com

Best Hill-Town Dining:
GYPSY APPLE BISTRO, Shelburne Falls
Little bigger than a locket, Shelburne Falls has long had a disproportionate number of excellent eateries. The top spot belongs to this relative newcomer, where French technique frolics amid local produce and Caribbean influences. Entrées: from $22. 65 Bridge St.; 413-625-6345

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