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 enormous waterfront establishment serves your choice of seafood—baked, broiled, steamed, stuffed, boiled, or fried—plus excellent lobster stew. On the side: lovely views of Great Bay; 800/533-9027 or newicks.com.
Markey’s Lobster Pool, Seabrook
Start with the buttery, milky chowder, and then proceed to the fresh steamed mussels or the overstuffed lobster roll. Readers recommend dining outdoors by the creek; 603/474- 2851 or markeyslobsterpool.com.