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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South Carolina
Photo: Courtesy of Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks

South Carolina

The Sea Shack, Hilton Head Island
Readers love the fried seafood, delicious Southern sides, and inexpensive prices. Don’t leave without tasting the excellent, creamy chowder; 843/785-2464 or

Tasty Contenders
Bowens Island Restaurant, Charleston
This legendary wreck of a place serves delicious fried shrimp and (in season) roasted oysters; 843/795-2757 or

Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, Hilton Head Island
The restaurant’s fishing fleet brings in oysters and crabs for outdoor waterside dining. Readers love the hushpuppies and she-crab soup; 843/681-2772 or

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