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17 Places to Eat Seafood Before the End of Summer

August is rushing by, and with it the last perfect days to eat summery treats like oysters, crab legs, lobster rolls, garlic shrimp, shrimp and grits, fried get the point.
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By: Julia Pond, Managing Editor

August is rushing by, and with it the last perfect days to eat summery treats like oysters, crab legs, lobster rolls, garlic shrimp, shrimp and grits, fried get the point. Here is a list of seventeen unexpected spots to indulge that are popular with users. Find the one nearest you and hop in the car.

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The seafood arrives in chilled platters, as sushi, ceviche, and peel-and-eat shrimp - even rice bowls with fresh fish. The extensive menu is somehow all executed with aplomb, and the family-friendly atmosphere outdoors clinches it as a favorite.

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Make sure you and your significant other visit Giovanni's together, because the serious garlic shrimp at this Oahu institution will make sure you spend the night apart if you don't. A second, less-crowded location is on the North Shore...

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They farm their own oysters, and make a mean chowder. The menu changes daily, and the location in the Ferry Building is a popular one, so be prepared to wait, but also be prepared for serious seafood-y deliciousness.

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A casual beach spot on Pensacola Beach, Peg Leg Pete's is beloved for its oysters (raw and fried), gulf grouper, and, naturally, pirate theme..

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Perla's big terrace and great wine list make it an Austin favorite for seafood, especially their oysters..

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A Myrtle Beach favorite that has been recognized in the national press, the Sea Captain's House offers some interesting dishes like the Captain's Muddle (a seafood soup with tomato saffron broth), sauteed crab cakes, and a 'Southern Salmon Cordon Bleu'. They're 80s like that, but you won't care because the seafood is so good..

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Too cool for school, this K-Town spot, with its $1 oyster happy hour, uni pasta, and lobster rolls..

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Skip Union Oyster House and head to the North End to experience Neptune, where the lobster roll wins big among users (and the oysters are pretty great, too.).

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Recommended over the more famous Mama's on Maui for its creative menu and local ingredients. Extra points for being so swank on the inside and unassuming on the out.

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Owned by the same crew that spawned SushiSamba and London's Duck and Waffle, Sugarcane adds Latin spice to seafood with a robata grill, raw bar, and hot grill. Add the huge terrace and people feel like they've left the country for a more exotic destination.

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The New England seafood shack is, we'd argue, among the national treasures of culinary traditions, and Spanky's is a perfect representative, with its excellent lobster rolls and waterfront location.

Mikee's, Gulf Shores, AL

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If you or someone you are in favor with is a fisherman, this is the place you want to know about, since they will cook up your catch while you wait.

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This Galveston landmark is the perfect spot to try (or eat for the millionth time) Texan seafood.

Marea, New York City

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If you like your seafood with an Italian accent, and decidedly upscale, then Marea on Central Park South is the way to go.

Dirty Al's Sea Ranch Grocery, South Padre Island, TX

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Apart from absolutely loving the ridiculous name, we love that this place is known mainly for its 'fried' category, and especially shrimp.

Deanie's Seafood, New Orleans, LA

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Lots of people talk about that Acme place, but our crew thinks Deanie's is the place to go in NOLA. Boiled crawfish in season is a huge draw, plus pizza with seafood, and the Bloody Mary.

Daily Catch, Boston, MA

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This Boston spot is also Italian-accented, but more homey than Marea, and the squid ink pasta with aglio e olio (garlic and oil) wins big. With locations at the Seaport and in Brookline, it's got Boston covered for high-quality Sicilian fish.'s mission is to help people find great places to stay, eat and play that are perfect for them. Find more inspiration from our 19 Tribes, starting with the Foodies.