> Yelp rating: 5.0 (42 reviews)
> Address: 134 NW 3rd St., Gresham
Styling itself “a petit restaurant,” this casual place in a Portland suburb lists smoked salmon mousse and prawns Pernod on its small printed menu. It also features “market-inspired” seafood specials, such as Dungeness crab cakes or halibut, nightly, and hosts an annual fall Maine lobster festival.
Pennsylvania: Luke’s Lobster Rittenhouse
> Yelp rating: 4.5 (959 reviews)
> Address: 130 S. 17th St., Philadelphia
Born in New York City’s East Village in 2009, Luke’s Lobster has expanded to some 43 locations (including food trucks, food hall installations, and brick-and-mortar restaurants) all over America and in Japan and Taiwan. Luke’s Rittenhouse location, one of two in the City of Brotherly Love, serves the typical Luke’s menu of lobster, crab, or shrimp rolls, lobster grilled cheese, and chilled lobster tale.
Rhode Island: Red Fin Crudo + Kitchen
> Yelp rating: 4.5 (384 reviews)
> Address: 71 Washington St., Providence
Caribbean and Mediterranean flavors are prominent in such Red Fin dishes as oysters with mango mignonette, Caribbean scallops with stir-fried chorizo rice, and seafood paella. Lobster mac and cheese, fish tacos, and crab quesadillas left one Yelp reviewer “content and happy” last summer.
South Carolina: The CODfather Proper Fish & Chips
> Yelp rating: 5.0 (410 reviews)
> Address: 4254 Spruill Ave., North Charleston
A “chipper” and pub combination, The CODfather serves an appropriately limited menu of fish and chips (of course) with house-made tartar sauce, fish sandwiches on toasted sesame seed hoagies, and the traditional accompaniments of mushy peas and curry sauce (plus sausage rolls and savory pies for the non-piscatorially inclined).
South Dakota: Golden Phoenix
> Yelp rating: 4.0 (49 reviews)
> Address: 2421 W. Main St., Rapid City
This old-school Chinese restaurant is surprisingly good, say Yelp reviewers. The extensive menu offers more than about 20 dishes — Hunan-style crispy shrimp is one of the chef’s specialties — plus combinations involving crabmeat and scallops.