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America’s 35 best seafood shacks

The Daily Meal Logo By Dan Myers of The Daily Meal | Slide 1 of 36: No other type of restaurant is quite like the waterfront seafood shack. Sure, you can go to just about any five-star restaurant and load up on shrimp, lobster and fish, but sidling up to a waterside picnic table on a brilliantly sunny day with a full plate of simply cooked fish or shellfish that was just plucked from the nearby water is one of the best ways to cap off a day of your beach vacation.In order for a place to be a great seafood shack, a lot of variables have to be perfectly aligned. Location is important, obviously; if not located directly on the water, it should be no more than a stone’s throw away from it. Just-caught local seafood needs to be cooked and served simply and without any frills, and it should all be done for a reasonable price. Appearances don’t matter much, especially if there’s an outdoor deck overlooking the water, but being up there with the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants in America certainly doesn’t hurt. And there should be an air of low-key camaraderie among those who’ve also made the pilgrimage, content with the knowledge that they’re in the perfect spot to enjoy a beautiful afternoon. These 35 places definitely fit the bill.

America’s 35 Best Seafood Shacks

No other type of restaurant is quite like the waterfront seafood shack. Sure, you can go to just about any five-star restaurant and load up on shrimp, lobster and fish, but sidling up to a waterside picnic table on a brilliantly sunny day with a full plate of simply cooked fish or shellfish that was just plucked from the nearby water is one of the best ways to cap off a day of your beach vacation.

In order for a place to be a great seafood shack, a lot of variables have to be perfectly aligned. Location is important, obviously; if not located directly on the water, it should be no more than a stone’s throw away from it. Just-caught local seafood needs to be cooked and served simply and without any frills, and it should all be done for a reasonable price. Appearances don’t matter much, especially if there’s an outdoor deck overlooking the water, but being up there with the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants in America certainly doesn’t hurt. And there should be an air of low-key camaraderie among those who’ve also made the pilgrimage, content with the knowledge that they’re in the perfect spot to enjoy a beautiful afternoon. These 35 places definitely fit the bill.

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