For this reason, U.S. News Travel set out to find the best institutions—from high-end restaurants to small-town joints—where you can have your choice of cracking hard-shelled crabs or devouring crunchy fish tacos. Taking popularity, inventiveness, expert opinion, online user reviews, and overall restaurant atmosphere into consideration, we've compiled a list of the best establishments for discerning seafood-seekers.
Shaw's Crab House
Best Catch: 1 lb. Alaskan Golden King Crab ($46.99).
The 1930's New Orleans-themed Shaw's Crab House draws discerning seafood fanatics with its top-grade fish and lively atmosphere. At the oyster bar, you'll find 12 sea critter varieties. At the adjacent (more upscale) crab house, you'll pick from a wide selection of specialties. Standouts include flavorful sushi and sashimi combinations, Georgia soft shell crab, and the red Alaskan king crab. Come on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday to listen to live music as you enjoy your meal.