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 Captain's Billys Crabhouse


Cantler’s Riverside Inn, Annapolis
Boats unload fresh crabs right at the Cantler’s waterfront restaurant and crab house. The atmosphere is totally casual, but the menu is more refined, with stuffed rockfish, grilled lobster, and “drunk’n” mussels simmered in white wine; 410/757-1311 or

Tasty Contenders
Captain Billy’s Crabhouse, Newburg
Readers come here for great crabs, which they tell us they love eating right off the rolled-out butcher paper on the table; 301/932-4323 or

Courtney’s Restaurant & Seafood, Ridge
In this off-the-radar spot for fresh crab cakes at the mouth of the Potomac River, you can’t go wrong with the grilled or fried catch of the day; 301/872-4403.

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