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 Fenwick Crab House


Fenwick Crab House, Fenwick Island
This family-owned restaurant maintains a relaxed, rustic spirit and serves huge portions of seafood, such as Alaskan snow crab legs, in metal buckets. The meaty backfin crab cakes are famous; 302/539-2500 or

Tasty Contenders

Mickey’s Family Crab House, Bethany Beach
Mickey’s has offered classic fried fare for 20 years. Our readers can’t resist the all-you-can-eat blue crabs; 302/539-5384 or

Ed’s Chicken & Crabs, Dewey Beach
“Chicken Ed’s” enjoys a cult following for its fresh steamed blue crabs dusted with Old Bay seasoning; 302/227-9484.

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