Kansas: J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood Kansas City
> Yelp rating: 4.5 (358 reviews)
> Address: 8901 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park
At this flagship of the small East Coast and Midwestern chain named in honor of legendary Kansas City restaurateur Joe Gilbert, there’s a good selection of seafood, but even the steaks may be garnished with such extras as Georges Bank scallops, lobster tail, or king crab legs.
Kentucky: Mussel and Burger Bar Downtown
> Yelp rating: 4.5 (532 reviews)
> Address: 113 S. 7th St., Louisville
Fresh Prince Edward Island mussels in six different preparations, served with local-baked artisan bread, are the big draw for seafood-lovers at this surf-and-turf establishment (one of two locations in Louisville). Fish tacos, seafood sliders, and sweet and spicy calamari round out the non-meat choices.
Louisiana: GW Fins
> Yelp rating: 4.5 (1,783 reviews)
> Address: 808 Bienville St., New Orleans
Yelpers love this big, warmly furnished NOLA seafood palace for its “amazing” lobster bisque, “famous” lobster dumplings, barbecue shrimp and grits, John Dory with asparagus and blue crab, “scalibut” (halibut in a crust of thinly sliced scallops), and more.
Maine: Eventide Oyster Company
> Yelp rating: 4.5 (2,557 reviews)
> Address: 86 Middle St., Portland
The menu of fresh, often local seafood changes daily here, but there’s always an impressive selection of oysters from Maine and elsewhere, and other dishes might include fluke ceviche, lobster stew with coconut and green curry, a brown butter lobster roll, and a fish sandwich.
Maryland: Thames Street Oyster House
> Yelp rating: 4.5 (2,056 reviews)
> Address: 1728 Thames St., Baltimore
This old-style oyster house specializes in what the website calls “traditional and modern Maryland, Mid-Atlantic, and New England seafood.” There’s a serious raw bar, and the menu also highlights such dishes as crispy Point Judith calamari, fried Long Island Sound oysters, Chesapeake rockfish, and a 5-pound Maine lobster stuffed with scallops, shrimp, and crab (to serve four to six).