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!
No frills, no alcohol (though you can bring your own)— just inexpensive, delicious, high-quality seafood served here; 609/296-4106.
Moby’s Lobster Deck, Highlands
Enjoy your steamed clams, lobsters, and soft-shell crabs under the shade of an umbrella on the waterfront outdoor deck; 732/872-1245 or store.bahrslanding.com/ molode.html.
Keyport Fishery, Keyport
For almost 75 years, Keyport has maintained a market and restaurant on Keyport Harbor. Everything from haddock sandwiches to the calamari platter is super fresh; 732/264- 9723 or keyportfishery.net.