Waterman’s Crab House
> Location: Rock Hall, MD
This waterfront restaurant on Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers fresh Chesapeake Bay blue crab, rockfish, oysters, and more from the local waters, as well as an eclectic menu that ranges from tuna tacos to oyster po’boys to baked stuffed imperial flounder. Customers come for the steamed crabs of course, as well as the cream of crab soup, crab imperial, and hot crab dip.
> Location: Boston, MA
This intimate high-end oyster bar in Boston’s North End may draw long lines, but the wait is worth it. Start with a raw bar platter or perhaps a scallop crudo or johnnycake topped with honey butter, smoked bluefish, and sturgeon caviar. For an entree, choose between such offerings as spicy cioppino with shellfish saffron rice, whole mackerel with Basque pepper stew and fennel, or sea scallops with fava beans, pancetta, and kelp butter.
Select Oyster Bar
> Location: Boston, MA
A casual bistro in Boston’s South End, Select Oyster Bar serves quality Mediterranean-style fare with delicately curated flavors. There’s nothing plain about the champagne-poached shrimp cocktail or the hamachi crudo with passion fruit and crispy ginger. A selection of raw bar platters serve anywhere from one to six, and the mains include hits like arctic char served over leek ragout with frisee salad, bacon lardons, and pistachio dressing.
The Seafood Shanty
> Location: Edgartown (Martha’s Vineyard), MA
A harborside restaurant with a large, casual dining room and plenty of deck seating, the Seafood Shanty has been serving Martha’s Vineyard for over 50 years. Expect large portions of fish and chips, peel-and-eat shrimp, steamed lobsters, and of course lobster rolls. There’s even a separate sushi menu with specialty maki rolls, nigiri, and sashimi.
> Location: Provincetown, MA
This landmark restaurant with harbor views offers a huge selection of seafood preparations including raw fare – bivalves on the half shell, crudo, poke, and sashimi – as well as classic hot appetizers like scallops au gratin and oysters Rockefeller. Soups include specialty bouillabaisse, chowders, and bisques, while extensive entree options come blackened, grilled, baked, fried, stuffed, over pasta, and any other way you can imagine.
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