2010 The Best Seafood Dives

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.

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Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier
Photographer Tara Donne

The Best Mussels

Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier, Kittery Point, Maine

The garlic-kissed, totally fresh steamed mussels taste even better in this quaint, woodsy setting. The “dining room” (a brightly painted collection of picnic tables, some shaded and some not) really does sit on a pier over peaceful Chauncey Creek, where boats pass on their way to and from the tidal Piscataqua River.

What you’ll shell out: $9.95

Still hungry? Don’t miss the lobster. And in addition to the soft drinks and handful of side dishes on the menu, you can bring anything else you want in the way of food or drink. Open Mother’s Day to Columbus Day. 16 Chauncey Creek Rd.; 207/439-1030 or chaunceycreek.com

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