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Seafood Capitals

Healthy Indulgence: The Top 25 Seafood Capitals In The Nation

There’s nothing like eating seafood in the summer. Lobster rolls, oysters and fish tacos pair perfectly with blue skies and a sunny seat outside. And, if you’re lucky enough to live by the water, that clam chowder will probably taste that much better.

Now that summer is coming to an end, it’s more important than ever that you hit all of the best seafood spots you can find. So where are these mussel meccas? FindTheHome decided to find out.

With the help of FindTheCompany’s database of shops and restaurants around the country, the numbers were crunched to identify the cities in the U.S. with the most seafood restaurants per capita. They then found a fishy hotspot and dish to try in each.

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Seafood Capitals 

#25. Gurnee, IL

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 1.3

Population: 31,247

Notable Restaurant: Captain Porky’s in Gurnee, IL

Try: Smelt

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#24. Cookeville, TN

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 1.3

Population: 30,759

Notable Restaurant: Crawdaddy’s Grill in Cookeville, TN

Try: Shrimp Scampi Pasta

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#23. Johnstown, PA

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 1.4

Population: 20,740

Notable Restaurant: The Fish Boat in Johnstown, PA

Try: Breaded & Fried Flounder Sandwich

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#22. Mukilteo, WA

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 1.5

Population: 20,457

Notable Restaurant: Arnies in Mukilteo, WA

Try: Seafood Fettuccine with Bay Shrimp, Prawns, Clams, Mussels, Salmon and Halibut in Parmesan-garlic Cream

Seafood Capitals 

#21. Zanesville, OH

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 1.6

Population: 25,481

Notable Restaurant: Phil’s Seafood in Zanesville, OH

Try: Swordfish with Mango Salsa

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#20. Paducah, KY

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 1.6

Population: 25,092

Notable Restaurant: Ristorante Di Fratelli in Paducah, KY

Try: Tunachos

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#19. Searcy, AK

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 1.7

Population: 23,272

Notable Restaurant: Captain D’s Seafood in Searcy, AR

Try: Fish and Fries

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#18. Bay Shore, NY

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 1.8

Population: 28,365

Notable Restaurant: FatFish in Bay Shore, NY

Try: Saffron Mussels in Creamy White Wine Sauce

Seafood Capitals 

#17. Brandon, MS

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 1.8

Population: 21,960

Notable Restaurant: Twisted Tails in Brandon, MS

Try: Live Crawfish

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#16. Kihei, HI

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 1.8

Population: 21,930

Notable Restaurant: Eskimo Candy in Kihei, HI

Try: Poke Bowl with Wasabi Aioli

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#15. Lumberton, NC

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 1.8

Population: 21,701

Notable Restaurant: Pier 41 Seafood in Lumberton, NC

Try: Tilapia

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#14. Savannah, GA

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 1.9

Population: 139,620

Notable Restaurant: The ShellHouse Seafood Restaurant in Savannah, GA

Try: Crab Cakes served with Hushpuppies

Seafood Capitals 

#13. Selma, AL

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 2.0

Population: 20,391

Notable Restaurant: American Wings & Seafood in Selma, AL

Try: Fresh Shrimp Box

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#12. Short Pump, VA

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 2.3

Population: 26,508

Notable Restaurant: The Boathouse in Short Pump, VA

Try: Fried Oysters

Seafood Capitals 

#11. Clarksville, IN

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 2.3

Population: 21,734

Notable Restaurant: Clarksville Seafood in Clarksville, IN

Try: Scallops

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#10. Dover, NH

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 2.3

Population: 30,207

Notable Restaurant: Newick’s Lobster House in Dover, NH

Try: Steamed Crab Legs

Seafood Capitals 

#9. Portland, ME

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 2.4

Population: 66,227

Notable Restaurant: Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room in Portland, ME

Try: Lobster Poutine

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#8. Essex, MD

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 2.9

Population: 37,891

Notable Restaurant: Al’s Seafood in Essex, MD

Try: Crab and Avocado Bruschetta

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#7. Galveston, TX

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 3.1

Population: 48,178

Notable Restaurant: Olympia Grill in Galveston, TX

Try: Crab Stack with remoulade, avocado, mango and pico

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#6. Gloucester, MA

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 4.1

Population: 29,043

Notable Restaurant: The Gloucester House in Gloucester, MA

Try: Blackened Haddock

Seafood Capitals 

#5. Myrtle Beach, SC

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 4.3

Population: 27,884

Notable Restaurant: Giant Crab Seafood in Myrtle Beach, SC

Try: Shrimp Hibachi

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#4. Slidell, LA

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 4.4

Population: 27,257

Notable Restaurant: Slidell Seafood in Slidell, LA

Try: Crawfish stuffed Portabello mushrooms

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#3. Newport, RI

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 4.5

Population: 24,340

Notable Restaurant: Aquidneck Lobster Bar in Newport, RI

Try: Raw Littlenecks

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#2. Key West, FL

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 4.8

Population: 24,934

Notable Restaurant: Half Shell Raw Bar in Key West, FL

Try: Garlic Cream Oysters

Seafood Capitals 

#1. Monterey, CA

Seafood restaurants per 10k people: 6.8

Population: 27,939

Notable Restaurant: Old Fisherman’s Grotto in Monterey, CA

Try: Crab Louie, delicious crabmeat served over crisp Salinas Valley organic mixed greens with chef’s garnish

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Posted on September 2, 2015 by Natalie Morin

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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