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.
Among the produce and food vendors at rambunctious Lexington Market, Faidley sells crab cakes so packed with subtly spiced crabmeat that you won’t mind having to stand at counters to eat them. We can’t decide between the lump and backfin versions; try both.
What you’ll shell out: $4.95 (backfin, 4 ounces), $12.95 (jumbo lump, 61⁄2 ounces)
Still hungry? Everybody we know comes for the crab cakes, but the soft-shell crab and the oyster bar also get good reviews. 203 North Paca St. (Lexington Market); 410/727-4898 or faidleyscrabcakes.com