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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Keyhole Bar & Grill, Mackinaw City
Readers love the fried whitefish and appreciate the beer-or whiskey attitude (no fancy cocktails here); 231/436-7911.

Tasty Contenders
Dockers Fish House & Lounge,  Muskegon
It’s slightly more upscale than our typical pick, but Dockers serves a Famous Margarita at the Tiki Bar that’s true dive spirit in a glass; 231/755-0400 or

Bortell’s Landing,  Ludington
Order the delicious smoked fish, find a seat at Summit Park across the street, and watch the waves roll in on Lake Michigan’s shore; 231/843-3337.

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