Balanced with catch-and-release conservation, enjoying the delicious bounty of the sea on your dinner table is one of the many rewards of fishing. We’re sure most of you know several ways to clean, cook and prepare your favorite fish. But if you’re looking for a fresh dish from a local legend, an excuse to dine out, or an amazing reason for a road trip, look no further. These, in our expert opinion, are the most distinct, unique and incredible places to sample the local fare.
We’ve covered the best East Coast seafood from Cape Cod in the Northeast, to the Mid-Atlantic, right on down to Myrtle Beach in the Southeast and even the Florida Keys! Take a look:
- Where: Eastham, Cape Cod
Why: The lines that extend around the block for Arnold’s famous fresh seafood will be your first clue that this summertime favorite is no secret. The heaping piles of fresh clams, onion rings or fried scallops will be the reward that proves it was worth the wait. More than 35 years ago, this place made its legend as a tiny, dilapidated, drive-up clam shack with the freshest seafood. It has expanded considerably since then (with a miniature golf course to boot), but the quality of the fare hasn’t changed. It has solidified into a Cape Cod legend for locals and tourists alike. No summer vacation with my family was complete without a stop (at least once) at Arnold’s.
What to Order: Split the Fried Seafood Platter, with whole belly clams, oysters, calamari, shrimp, scallops and cod. Bring a few friends. It is likely the Wellfleet oysters were harvested within a 10-minute drive from the picnic table you’ll enjoy them on.
What to Drink: When you order the Pink Lady Margarita, your money will go toward breast cancer research. We can’t think of a better way to drink happy while feeling good about yourself.
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