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Suzanne Lombardi, the original baker behind Dancing Deer Bakery, is at it again in a tiny spot called The Plate Restaurant & Cafe in Milton Lower Mills. Besides sandwiches and salads, she of course makes creative sweets. Her oatmeal cookies have dried apricots, pepitas, and a touch of orange oil; savory thumbprint cookies are made with sharp cheddar and filled with red-pepper jam; French macarons are flavored with Nutella and burnt caramel.   — Rachel Travers

THE PLATE Restaurant & Cafe 27 Central Avenue, Milton Lower Mills, 617-698-8900, theplatekitchen.com