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 Big Sam's Inlet Cafe & Raw Bar


Big Sam’s Inlet Cafe & Raw Bar, Virginia Beach
This small spot on Rudee Inlet is known for meaty crab cakes. Readers tout the “fresh, fresh seafood” and friendly staff; 757/ 428-4858 or

Tasty Contenders
KC’s Crabs & Cues
, Kilmarnock
Steamed crabs, great prices, and lots of pool tables fuel friendly competition in this antiques-store- turned-dive; 804/435-7665.

Baja Cantina, Virginia Beach
Readers dig Baja’s moderate prices for tacos overstuffed with fish, scallops, lobster, or shrimp served with house-made hot sauce; 757/437-2920.

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