Colorado: Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
> Location: Denver
This upscale Colorado-based chain serves sustainable seafood in six locations including LoDo (Lower Downtown Denver). Their raw bar features a proprietary oyster – the buttery and low-salinity Emersum – bred in partnership with Virginia’s Rappahannock Oyster Co.. Customers comment on the strong drinks and superior service, and love the tuna poke, crawfish gumbo, seared scallops, and of course the oysters.
Connecticut: The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood
> Location: Rowayton (Norwalk)
This harborside seafood market and restaurant, open year-round, has limited boat slip parking for nautical guests. The bustling atmosphere is welcoming to tourists and locals alike, and the large menu has something for everyone including huge raw bar platters, salmon and tuna tartare, chowders and bisques, steamers, crab cakes, popcorn shrimp, smoked fish dips, steamed lobsters, and other decadent entrees.
Delaware: Feby’s Fishery
> Location: Wilmington
With an attached seafood market and popular all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab nights, this local favorite has a large daily selection of fish (served any way you like it), as well as fried and steamed platters, seafood pastas, lobster tails, lump meat crab cakes, and raw bar appetizers. Customers love the crab imperial and the turtle soup.
Florida: Joe’s Stone Crab
> Location: Miami
Open October through May, when stone crabs are in season, this cavernous South Beach restaurant began serving its eponymous crustaceans – which have rock-hard shells and were previously considered inedible – in 1921, launching what is now a Florida tradition. In addition to massive stone crab claws and crab bisque, the full menu features conch fritters, coconut shrimp, fried grouper, seafood platters, and lobster rolls.
Georgia: Steamhouse Lounge
> Location: Atlanta
A casual bar and restaurant in Midtown, the Steamhouse Lounge is known for its award-winning lobster bisque, raw oysters, stuffed grouper, and generous lobster rolls. Expect classic Southern staples like fried catfish, grits, and po’boys, and don’t miss the yearly Oysterfest weekend that features roasted and chargrilled oysters along with a full bar and live music.
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