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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Markey’s Lobster Pool
Illustrator Matt Caserta

The Best Clam Chowder

Markey’s Lobster Pool, Seabrook, New Hampshire

This buttery chowder (milky, in the New England style) uses whole-belly clams—yum! Around you swirls the happy bustle of local families and vacationers chowing down at picnic-style tables. The big, rambling building perches on a broad salt marsh decorated with stately herons posing like lawn ornaments.

What you’ll shell out: $3.50 (cup), $5.95 (bowl). No credit cards.

Still hungry? Try the overstuffed lobster roll or the fresh steamed mussels with drawn butter and a little garlic salt. 420 State Route 286; 603/474-2851

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