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This Mass. roast beef shop was rated one of the best in the country by People magazine

A “super beef” sandwich from Nick's Famous Roast Beef in Beverly, as pictured in 2005.
A “super beef” sandwich from Nick's Famous Roast Beef in Beverly, as pictured in 2005. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff/File)

A no-frills roast beef shop on the North Shore has won the attention of People magazine as having one of the best sandwiches in the country — and no, we’re not talking about Kelly’s.

In a roundup identifying the best sandwiches in every state and Washington, D.C., Nick’s Famous Roast Beef in Beverly was given the award for Massachusetts.

People magazine collaborated with The Infatuation, an online restaurant guide, to produce the list, which was posted online last week.

“Located on the North Shore, this family-owned spot has been serving hot sandwiches like the Large Beef with Cheese and Sauce for more than 30 years,” the magazine wrote.

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People isn’t alone in praising the shop: Nick’s has 4.5 stars over nearly 300 reviews on Yelp, and has been featured on Phantom Gourmet, which described the signature sandwich as “the most melt-in-your-mouth meat you’re ever going to eat.”

“The juicy roast beef is sliced ultra thin and served nice and warm, making the sandwiches soft, succulent, and satisfying,” according to the show. The cheese, barbecue sauce, and mayo toppings also give the sandwich “a glorious flavor explosion.”

Although its sandwiches may be lauded, the shop isn’t completely without its dark days.

The owners were charged in 2015 with failing to report as much as $6 million in income on their tax returns, avoiding $1 million in taxes. One of the owners was sentenced in 2017 to two years in prison.

Owners and brothers-in-law Nick Markos (left) and Nick Koudanis (right), of Nick's Famous Roast Beef in Beverly, as pictured in 2005.
Owners and brothers-in-law Nick Markos (left) and Nick Koudanis (right), of Nick's Famous Roast Beef in Beverly, as pictured in 2005. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff/File)

Around New England, the People magazine list also singled out:

■  Eventide Oyster Company in Portland, Maine, for the brown butter lobster roll

■  Nashua Garden in Nashua for the Big Papi (turkey, pepperoni and Muenster cheese, served hot)

■  Geoff’s Superlative Sandwiches in Providence, for its Juggs sandwich (hot turkey, bacon, cheddar cheese, Shedd’s signature sauce, and cranberries)

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■  Firehouse Deli in Fairfield, Conn., for its grilled abbers panini (fresh mozzarella, basil, tomato and mayo).


Previous Globe coverage was included in this report.