The Best Seafood Dives Coast to Coast

Long live the laid-back shacks where the menus hang on the wall, the beers chill on ice, and the food comes piled high, deep-fried, slathered, breaded, buttered, and steamed.

America’s Favorite Seafood Dives

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!

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Photo: Courtesy of Bob Chinn's Crab House


Bob Chinn’s Crab House, Wheeling
This roomy establishment in the Chicago suburbs offers “jet fresh” seafood from around the world, including Australian lobster tail and large portions of crab. Plus, it’s known for having the best service in town; 847/520-3633 or

Tasty Contenders
Calumet Fisheries, Chicago
A red-roofed takeout shed on the Calumet River turns out excellent smoked fish and fresh seafood; 773/933-9855 or

Half Shell, Chicago
With a casual bistro vibe and outdoor seating, Half Shell serves king crab and fried catfish that get rave reviews; 773/549-1773 or half-shell

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