BEST BRUNCH - Nathaniel's in the Hawthorne Hotel, Salem. A veritable smorgasbord of culinary delights await brunch-goers at the Hawthorne Hotel. Perhaps the best Belgian waffles and Eggs Benedict on the planet. Cap off with the sounds of jazz. What better way to begin the day?
Readers' Choice: Emerson Inn, Rockport; Lyceum Bar and Grille
BEST BREAKFAST/DINER - Red's Sandwich Shop. Good food. Reasonable prices. Just two reasons why locals favor Red's for the place to enjoy the best breakfast in town. Blackboard specials announce delicious ways to begin the day. Always home cooked and served with a smile!
BEST MARTINI BAR - Strega Restaurant and Lounge. If "Sex and the City" were to film a local spot for the gals to clink glasses and drink a dirty or dry martini, it would be Strega. Always bubbling with fun, flirty, and bewitching martinis.
BEST CAFE - Gulu-Gulu Cafe'. Who knew when the Gulu-Gulu opened in Salem, it would be such a hit? A great place to curl up with a book and grab a salad, crepe, panini or coffee and dessert. It comes alive on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with music and entertainment
Readers' Choice: Front Street Coffee House
BEST BABY CLOTHING STORE - Chulamama Maternity and Baby. The store for hot mamas also has the best stuff for babies. Private label baby clothes, cutting-edge European baby strollers and eco-friendly selections are just a few reasons Chulamama is the go-to place for the wee folk.
Readers' Choices: Crunchy Granola Baby
BEST COSMETIC STORE - Rouge Cosmetics. Sure, Rouge is pretty in pink but it's so much more than a boutique to buy cosmetics. The staff will help you select products that are good for you. Great lines for skin and make-up like Darphin, Caudelie and Paula Dorf.