Best of Boston

2018 Best Casual Restaurant, North


Salem’s transformation from Witch City to hip mini metropolis continues with this entry from the team behind the beloved neo-Neapolitan pizza joint Bambolina. Located in a former ambulance depot, Kokeshi features work by local artists on its walls and inventive Asian street food on the menu—think udon noodles with flaked Faroe Island salmon, octopus hot dogs, and fried-chicken ramen. Creative cocktails, more than 30 craft beers, and an extensive sake list complete the package.

41 Lafayette St., Salem, 978-594-4197,