Best of Boston

2015 Best Casual Restaurant, North

C. K. Pearl

Patrick Shea, son of the couple behind Essex icon Shea’s Riverside, has New England seafood in his blood. So much so, in fact, that he decided to open his own riverfront restaurant, C. K. Pearl, right next door to his parents’ joint. Now in its second year, the younger Shea’s spot offers a more modern but no less delicious take on the local haul with live music, $1 oyster nights, and a lobster sandwich that rivals Dad’s.

112 Main St., Essex, 978-890-7378,