Special Report

Best Seafood Restaurant in Every State

Massachusetts: Neptune Oyster
> Location: Boston

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.

Source: Courtesy of Joe Muer Seafood (Bloomfield Hills) via Facebook

Michigan: Joe Muer Seafood
> Locations: Detroit and Bloomfield Hills

A fine-dining dress-code establishment on the Detroit River, Joe Muer in Detroit boasts some of the best seafood in the Midwest. The menu features sparkling cocktails, happy hour specials, and sophisticated takes on classic flavors, with appetizers like deviled crab balls and lobster corn dogs, as well as enticing entrees like tiger shrimp with shaved garlic, roasted fennel, fingerling potatoes, duck confit, and sambal oelek butter. Don’t miss the coconut cake for dessert. A second location in Bloomfield Hills opened in 2017.

Source: Courtesy of Megan R. via Yelp

Minnesota: Smack Shack
> Location: Minneapolis, Bloomington, and Roseville

A smack is a lobster boat, but this mini-chain of Minnesota seafood restaurants celebrates sustainable fish and shellfish of all kinds. Boiled dinners – with prawns, shrimp, Alaskan king crab legs, or, yes, whole Maine lobster, served with potatoes, Polish sausage, and corn on the cob – are a specialty, but the menu also offers everything from red snapper ceviche to sesame ahi tuna to fish & chips.


Source: Courtesy of CAET via Facebook

Mississippi: Caet Seafood / Oysterette
> Location: Ridgeland

A vibrant restaurant with patio, dining room, and oyster bar seating, Caet offers a variety of tapas=-style plates and raw-bar fare as well as a huge wine selection and a steak menu. Seafood entrees include the popular shrimp and grits with tasso, corn, and mushrooms and jumbo scallops with white truffle risotto, green tomato pico, and tomato parmesan broth.

Source: Courtesy of 801 Fish St. Louis via Facebook

Missouri: 801 Fish
> Location: Clayton

This chic upscale St. Louis restaurant is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion (think wedding anniversary or promotion), with Russian osetra and American hackleback caviar on the raw bar menu and $50 entrees. Expect everything to be impeccably on point, from the cocktails to the perfectly seared tuna and scallops to the creamy and decadent lobster tail risotto.

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