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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The Lobster Shack at Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth
Since 1969, The Lobster Shack has served creamy chowder and lobster rolls in a scenic ocean-side setting. The outdoor picnic tables sit in the shadow of a lighthouse, and readers like the location as much as the food; 207/799-1677 or lobster shacktwolights.com.

Tasty Contenders
Red’s Eats
, Wiscasset
One reader calls Red’s the “holy grail” of lobster rolls. That enormous classic is served up bursting with fresh lobster at this little red-and-white stand; 207/882-6128.

Bet’s Famous Fish Fry, Boothbay Harbor
“Life’s a fish and then you fry,” reads a sign on the side of this small fish-and-chips truck, which also dishes up ridiculously stacked-high fish sandwiches; hollyeats.com/BetsFishFry.htm.

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