It’s our annual guide to the top eateries where food is fried, broiled, grilled, or otherwise slapped on butcher paper for your finger-licking, crab-cracking, French fry–munching pleasure. This year, our winners (and finalists) were chosen by our readers!
This classic summer-only shack dishes out lobster rolls hot (on a burger bun) or cold (on a long bun). Picnic tables along the rocky waterfront offer views of Long Island Sound and the Mystic River; 860/536-7719 or abbotts-lobster.com.
Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, Westbrook
Fried seafood and clear-broth clam chowder are favorites, plus readers rave that it serves “the best lobster rolls in the whole wide world;” 860/669-0767 or ljfishtale.com.
The Place Restaurant, Guilford
Take a seat outdoors on a stump while shellfish, shrimp, bluefish, lobster, and corn (dunked in butter before being served) cook on an immense grill. BYO side dishes and alcohol; 203/453-9276 or