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 Shooter's on the Water


Shooter’s on the Water, Cleveland
A mix of fresh salads, grilled seafood skewers, and veggie burgers balances out the crispy walleye and battered perch on the exhaustive menu. A rollicking singles scene buzzes around the bar on the large waterfront outdoor deck, where you can also watch diners arrive by boat; 216/861- 6900 or

Tasty Contenders
Jolly Roger Seafood Restaurant
, Port Clinton
Locals line up for perfectly fried perch and walleye at this modest place. Bonus: If you’ve caught any walleye that day, the kitchen will fry it up for you; 419/732-3382.

New Sandusky Fish Company, Sandusky
Go for the huge fried-fish sandwiches (walleye, perch, or catfish) smothered in tartar sauce; 419/621-8263.

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