The Best Beach Bites Across America
Check out nine of our favorite beach town restaurants serving up fresh catch-of-the-day seafood, inventive desserts and more.
South Edison — Montauk, N.Y.
Walk right off the beach to sample fresh-off-the-boat dishes like grilled striped bass with creamed kale and wheat berries — or anything from the restaurant's extensive raw bar. You can go all-in with the seafood tower, which includes oysters, shrimp, jumbo lump crab, and little neck and cherry stone clams.
17 S. Edison St.
Montauk, NY 11954
Shrimp Shack — Hauula, Hawaii
The namesake crustacean is the go-to pick at Shrimp Shack, but don't overlook the beer-poached, garlicky mussels. They're ready to shell and eat as you walk along the Hawaiian beaches in Hauula.
53-360 Kamehameha Highway
Hauula, HI 96717
MB Post — Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Keep tabs on your waistline with a healthy kale and quinoa salad, or splurge on bacon cheddar biscuits and housemade soft-serve ice cream at this super-seasonal spot.
1142 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
My Ceviche — Miami Beach, Fla.
Bienvenidos a Miami, home to fresh Florida seafood. If cold, refreshing and citrus-tinged ceviche doesn't do it for you, grilled fish tacos topped with creamy cabbage slaw and avocado might do the trick.
235 Washington Ave.
Miami, FL 33139
The Pig & the Lady — Honolulu
Indulge your sweet tooth with stunning and delicious desserts, like the restaurant's signature Yuzu Semifreddo topped with torched meringue and a cured egg yolk. They also specialize in other unique Vietnamese dishes, including a banh mi French dip sandwich dunked in clam pho jus.
The Pig & the Lady
83 N. King St.
Honolulu, HI 96817
Kev's Cafe at Bud N' Mary's Marina — Islamorada, Fla.
Bud N' Mary's Marina is a Florida hot spot for sportfishing, and whether or not you catch anything, you can get great grub from Chef Kevin O'Hara. There's always a fish sandwich in the rotation, and sometimes you can luck out with a dish like this grilled swordfish with candied shallot and sun-dried tomato beurre blanc.
Kev's Cafe at Bud N' Mary's Marina
79851 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036
Hogfish Bar and Grill — Stock Island, Fla.
Sometimes the whole hog is actually the whole fish. Blackened hogfish fajitas are topped with all the fixins for a hearty meal before you hit the water, and you can also get the same fish in the restaurant's signature mushroom, onion and Swiss cheese-smothered sandwich.
Hogfish Bar and Grill
6810 Front St.
Stock Island, FL 33040
He'eia Kea Pier General Store & Deli — Kaneohe, Hawaii
Say "aloha" to fried pork belly katsu with traditional Hawaiian macaroni salad. The crispy, indulgent dish can even be enjoyed while you sunbathe, as it's served on a stick.
He'eia Kea Pier General Store & Deli
46-499 Kamehameha Highway
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Harrison’s Chesapeake House — Tilghman, MD.
This waterfront inn restaurant specializes in fish that is caught mere hours before it lands on your plate. Their seasonal dishes — including this grilled rockfish with stewed tomatoes and coleslaw — change frequently, but you can always count on a plateful of oysters or a fresh crab cake on the menu.
Harrison's Chesapeake House
21551 Chesapeake House Dr.
Tilghman Island, MD 21671
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