New England’s Best Seafood Shacks – 24/7 Wall St.

Summer in New England is synonymous with seafood. As the days grow long and warm, coastal waters from Connecticut to Maine teem with life and become fertile fishing grounds. No matter where you are in these North Atlantic states, there’s sure to be a tried-and-true seafood shack nearby. (Of course, you don’t have to be in New England to enjoy seafood. Here are the best seafood restaurants in every state.)

To compile our list of the best seafood shacks in New England, 24/7 Tempo consulted websites for listings, ratings, and reviews. Yankee, Providence Magazine, Rhode Island Monthly, Connecticut Post, New Haven Register, New Hampshire Magazine, Lunch of the day, gayand eatery.

From bivalve molluscs like oysters and clams to lobsters to cod and haddock, marine life has long contributed to the economy of many New England towns. And luckily for residents and tourists alike, these seafood are sustainably harvested and fresh off the boat at many of these dressing and snack stands.

Fried belly clams are the gold standard at these restaurants, and almost every seafood shack offers their own version of lobster, either Connecticut-style (warm with butter) or Maine-style (cold with mayo). Fried cod and hado sandwiches are also everywhere, as are clams. Here is the best seafood to eat.

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In addition to perfectly fried seafood baskets, the main attraction of many of New England’s best seafood shacks is a great coastal or harbor view. While some may have indoor dining, most have outdoor seating with a healthy dose of salty ocean air. Note that many are seasonal eateries, opening in late March or early April and closing when the weather cools and the sky darkens early.

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