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: Topwater Grill


It’s a Tie!
Snoopy’s Pier, Corpus Christi
Readers crow about this family-friendly restaurant’s fried seafood. Look for a bright blue building under the bridge to Padre Island; 361/949-8815 or

Topwater Grill, San Leon
Topwater has been described by one reader as “mystical,” and another says she wants to live here. The atmosphere is friendly, and the menu includes fish taco platters, an oyster bar, and broiled or fried seafoåod; 281/339-1232 or

Tasty Contender
The Boiling Pot, Rockport
Mounds of boiled seafood get dumped on your table— you’ll definitely need the bib; 361/729-6972 or

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