Best of Boston

2019 Best Restaurant, Casual, North

The Paddle Inn

Leave it to the folks behind Somerville resto-industry darlings Parlor Sports and Trina’s Starlite Lounge to nail the rare trifecta of legit casual, plus far suburbs, plus pitch-perfect right-nowness. Chef Suzi Maitland’s graze-friendly menu trots the globe with ecumenical panache, slinging polished riffs on Vietnamese bun cha, Spanish gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp), and Thai-ish fries loaded with chili sauce, scallion cream, and peanuts best ordered immediately: You’ll want sustenance for negotiating the rest of the itinerary.

27 State St., Newburyport, 978-572-1242,