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 Moby's Lobster Deck

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Allen’s Clam Bar, New Gretna
No frills, no alcohol (though you can bring your own)— just inexpensive, delicious, high-quality seafood served here; 609/296-4106.

Tasty Contenders
Moby’s Lobster Deck, Highlands
Enjoy your steamed clams, lobsters, and soft-shell crabs under the shade of an umbrella on the waterfront outdoor deck; 732/872-1245 or molode.html.

Keyport Fishery, Keyport
For almost 75 years, Keyport has maintained a market and restaurant on Keyport Harbor. Everything from haddock sandwiches to the calamari platter is super fresh; 732/264- 9723 or

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