2016 MVMA Winners – Dine+Vine ( Part 2 )
We are happy to present the winners of the 2016 Merrimack Valley Magazine Awards. The top picks in all categories were chosen by you, our readers, this past spring via our online voting platform. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote, and congratulations to all the winners!
Offering an entire menu dedicated to delicious gluten-free meals, Burton’s Grill is the place to go for all things sans gluten. Choose from soups, salads, sandwiches, steaks and even vegetarian dishes. Add a side of fries and finish it off with a slice of cheesecake. Burton’s also offers a wide range of non-gluten-free options.
North Andover, Peabody, Burlington, Westford and Hingham, Mass.; Nashua, N.H.
Inspired by owner Joe Faro’s travels throughout Italy, Tuscan Kitchen’s authentic Italian cuisine makes it feel like you’ve stepped right into the boot. Tuck into a Fichi pizza, with figs, rosemary, burrata and prosciutto, or go for the traditional rigatoni alla Bolognese. Want something lighter? They also offer delicious salads and meat dishes.
Burlington, Mass.; Salem, N.H.
Ready for some authentic Mexican food? Look no further than Café Azteca. The restaurant’s owners, the Guerrero family, draw inspiration from their annual trips to visit family in Mexico, bringing back new recipes and colorful Mexican decor. Enjoy their delicious selection of margaritas while awaiting your tamales and tostadas.
180 Common St.
Harrison’s Roast Beef
Who better to serve roast beef than Harrison’s? Check out their specialty sandwich, shredded roast beef with barbeque sauce on an onion roll. Throw in fries and a soda and you’ve got a classic Harrison’s meal. Enjoy a small town restaurant atmosphere with easy access from any part of the Valley.
80 Chickering Road
North Andover, Mass.
Tripoli Pizza Bakery
It all started with Italian breads and pastries. Luckily for us, in 1944 the Zappala family also started making pizza, and one of the best pizzerias around was born. Now you can enjoy old-style thin crust pizza and pick up some traditional Italian cookies and cannoli for later. Tripoli also offers specialty cakes and their signature fresh breads.
Lawrence, North Andover, Methuen,
Salisbury, Mass.; and Seabrook, N.H.
Practicing your Italian cooking skills? Find everything from sauces and oils to handmade pastas and imported cheeses at this one-stop shop for the best ingredients. Take in the smell of freshly made foods while perusing their dessert selection. Be sure to stop in at Tuscan Kitchen next door for a sit-down meal.
Burlington, Mass.; Salem, N.H.
Seaglass Restaurant and Lounge
The panoramic ocean views at this casual upscale restaurant make it an ideal destination for a simple night out or a big celebration. Seaglass offers a wide selection of surf and turf entrees and local seasonal specials. Stop by on Sundays for Seaglass’s Brunch by the Sea and enjoy a bloody mary with your water view.
4 Oceanfront North
Andover Classic Wines
Whether you’re throwing a party or need to pick up wine for dinner, Andover Classic Wines can help. Shop your favorite style or vintner, or browse by country. Find a cabernet from Argentina, a Riesling from Germany or a pinot from New Zealand. International beers and spirits are also on hand at this well-versed shop.
209 N. Main St.
Cobblestones of Lowell’s younger sister, Moonstones delivers on variety with their globally-inspired menu. Stop in for brunch, lunch or dinner or enjoy Turkish mezze, a croque madame, or Korean pork belly with a few of their signature cocktails. For less adventurous diners, there are also American options. Need to translate a foreign word? Check out the global glossary at the bottom of their menu.
185 Chelmsford St.
For a complete list of winners, pick up the July/Aug issue of Merrimack Valley Magazine on newsstands now.