The results are in: We scoured the coast—and filled our paper plates—to find the seaside dives with the tastiest dishes, from fried shrimp to fish-and-chips.
Illustrator Matt Caserta
We always pop in to seafood dives—those super-casual places where mismatched chairs rule and the dress code is “whatever.” But the allure isn’t just the chill vibe. It’s also the cooks who know how to fry shrimp to golden perfection or assemble a fish sandwich that makes you lean back and close your eyes in bliss. We’ve featured our favorite dives, categorized by the dish they do best. Caution: This list may inspire an ultimate seafood lover’s road trip. Dive in!