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 Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar


Woodman’s of Essex, Essex
This self-proclaimed “Yankee tradition” since 1914 claims to have invented the fried clam and still offers “Chubby’s Original” fried clams, which, according to at least one reader, are “the bomb.” The clam cakes and clam chowder have lots of admirers, too. Readers love the view from the rooftop deck; 800/649-1773 or

Tasty Contenders
Clam Box of Ipswich, Ipswich
The fish, scallops, and oysters taste as good as the fried clams and chowder. Look for a building shaped like a clam box (the traditional to-go container for fried clams); 978/356-9707 or

Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar, Eastham
The long lines move quickly, and the fried seafood (especially the clams) and onion rings (2,000 pounds sold every week!) are worth the wait; 508/255- 2575 or

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