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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The Crab Shack, Tybee Island
Readers get positively giddy about this place, with its screened-in dining room and deck overlooking the water. Steamed seafood draws the most applause, but the seafood platter is a close second, and large enough to share with the whole table; 912/786-9857 or

Tasty Contenders
The Oyster Shak, Brunswick
Fresh oysters anchor the extensive, made-from-scratch seafood menu. Readers also recommend grabbing a table outside for the “awesome” steamed shrimp and po’boys; 912/265-2850 or

Barbara Jean’s, St. Simons Island
What’s now a small, family-run chain began here. The crab cakes get star billing, along with the bread, but save room for the Chocolate Stuff dessert, topped with homemade whipped cream; 912/634-6500 or

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