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 Acme Oyster House


Acme Oyster House, Metairie
Citing very good gumbos and alternative seafood selections, readers admit it’s tough not to fill up on oysters when dining at the acme. This suburban location of the legendary New Orleans oyster house attracted more votes than the original French Quarter spot; 504/309- 4056 or

Tasty Contenders
Middendorf’s, Akers
For more than 75 years, patrons have enjoyed crispy fried catfish, plus spicy gumbo, fried shrimp, and fried oysters; 985/386-6666 or

Tracey’s, New Orleans
The former staff and menu of famed sandwich spot Parasol’s have moved around the corner and now purvey the same great fried shrimp, oyster, catfish, and soft-shell crab po’boys here; 504/897-5413 or

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