Best of Boston
2002 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, North
Take a large chunk of gracious coastal reserve, add a pinch of metropolitan aesthetic, and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle with plenty of local ingredients (inventive dishes such as the crab spring rolls with shaved fennel and cherry tomato salad), smooth and informed service, live weekend jazz, and a cave full of first-rate California and French wines. The result would be Yanks, an enchanting and sophisticated restaurant and an obvious recipe for success.
717 Hale St., Beverly Farms, 978-232-9898,