Hawaii: Roy’s Waikiki
> Yelp rating: 4.5 (2,220 reviews)
> Address: 226 Lewers St., Honolulu
This is one of six Roy’s locations around Hawaii, all of them under the ownership of founding chef Roy Yamaguchi. The seafood choices on the fusion-style menu range from unconventional sushi and poke to such fish as macadamia nut-crusted mekajiki (broadbill swordfish) and spicy garlic buttered Kauai prawns.
> Yelp rating: 4.5 (323 reviews)
> Address: 981 W. Grove St., Boise
Meat may be the focus at this elegant Boise steakhouse, but there’s plenty of seafood, too. Pacific oysters, Dungeness crab cocktail, sauteed pink abalone, grilled Hawaiian swordfish, and pan-seared Atlantic scallops are among the choices.
> Yelp rating: 5.0 (351 reviews)
> Address: 3309 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago
With a small menu approximately evenly divided between meat and seafood, this Latin-inspired wine bar offers Creole jalapeno shrimp, crab cakes with remoulade, and “Latin lobster,” a lobster tail dipped in cilantro-citrus vinaigrette, among other dishes.
Indiana: Caplinger’s Fresh Catch
> Yelp rating: 4.5 (534 reviews)
> Address: 7460 N. Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis
“Bringing the Best of the Sea to Indy,” according to their website, Caplinger’s on Shadeland Avenue, part of a three-unit local chain, combines a fish market and a casual counter-order restaurant. Yelp reviewers praise the soft shell crab and grilled fish sandwiches, the lobster roll, and the fried whitefish, among other dishes, and the restaurant will prepare any fish bought from their market cases at no extra charge.
Iowa: Orchard Green
> Yelp rating: 4.5 (150 reviews)
> Address: 521 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City
Crab cakes with green tomatoes, a smoked fish assortment, potato-crusted salmon, and bouillabaisse are among the seafood offerings at this wood-panelled, high-ceilinged restaurant and lounge.