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!

  • Print
  • |
  • Email
North Carolina
Photo: Courtesy of Holden Beach Provision Company

North Carolina

Tortugas’ Lie, Nags Head
With its island atmosphere, large libations, and epicurean options (grilled yellowfin tuna with garlic pesto) along with the standard fried favorites, this aqua-hued restaurant is more than one reader’s “favorite place in the world;” 252/441- 7299 or

Tasty Contenders
Calabash Seafood Hut
, Calabash
It’s all about the oysters, oyster stew, and fresh-caught Gulf Stream fish; 910/579-6723.

Holden Beach Provision Company, Holden Beach
Readers revel in afternoons at Holden Beach, eating shrimp, drinking cold beer, and watching the world go by; 910/842- 7205 or

More Ways To Get Coastal Living



JavaScript must be enabled to use this Calendar module.

20 Beautiful Beach Cottages

From polished and sophisticated to rustic and casual, browse through this roundup of beach cottages to find your favorite coastal style.

Room to Breathe