AAA Travel Tips / Inspector Picks: Five Best Seafood Restaurants

Inspector Picks: Five Best Seafood Restaurants

AAA/Inspector 55
October 31, 2018
From coast to coast, we selected five of the best restaurants that serve seafood to help you decide where to eat. If seafood isn’t your favorite, there’s no need to search for other places to eat. These restaurants also offer such entrées as chicken, ham, roast beef and steak.
Seafood
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AJ's...on the Creek
Chincoteague, Virginia
AAA Inspector Rating
AAA Inspector 528: This is my favorite spot on the island for fresh-caught simply grilled fresh seafood. The scallops and gamefish are wonderful.
Locally owned and family-operated, this restaurant offers a casual but romantic setting and great local seafood caught daily by the owner's husband. The grilled fresh fish is my favorite, as is the unusual artichoke dressing on the salad, but you'll also find steak, veal and pasta dishes. A pleasant screened porch sits over the small creek.
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Cobia with coleslaw and beans at the Atlanta Highway Seafood Market in Gainesville, Georgia.
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Atlanta Highway Seafood Market
Gainesville, Georgia
AAA Inspector Rating
AAA Inspector 24: Not fancy, but everything I had was delicious!Straight from the water, cooked to perfection and then to my plate, it doesn't get any better than that!
Ok, so it's easy to miss, the parking lot is small and they close at 7 p.m. In spite of all that, this little seafood market/restaurant is PACKED every day! This is family run with a friendly staff and some of the best Gulf shrimp and crawfish this side of Shreveport. Most of the seafood comes from the Gulf of Mexico and the owner/chef will prepare your choice any way you'd like it. Perfectly moist, grilled Cobia was my dinner. Everything is made in-house; you can't choose incorrectly.
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hot Crab dip with baguette
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A.W. Shucks Raw Bar & Grill
Norfolk, Virginia
AAA Inspector Rating
AAA Inspector 55: Great Mid-Atlantic seafood such as all lump crab cakes, rockfish, oyster stew, and more draws me back here time and again.
This comfortable neighborhood seafood house has a welcoming interior with exposed brick walls and a long, friendly bar as well as a large covered patio to enjoy when the weather is nice. The seafood is fresh and mostly local and includes crab cakes, flounder, shrimp and a large selection of oysters from many areas. Other options include meatloaf, burgers and po'boy sandwiches. A long list of homey side dishes includes mac 'n cheese, mashed potatoes, seasoned broccoli and Southern greens.
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Sushi Tuna Nigiri. Vegetable roll.
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Bento Box Sushi Bar & Asian Kitchen
Wilmington, North Carolina
AAA Inspector Rating
AAA Inspector 55: The freshest local seafood and a creative chef makes this my favorite spot for sushi. My picks are the Pain Roll and the Vegetable KC.
Modern, hip, and shiny best describe this spot that turns out creative sushi along with cuisine inspired by Asian fare from Thailand, China and Vietnam. Sit at the sushi bar to meet the owner/chef and find out what's best tonight. All the seafood is fresh and of high quality. For those who want something from the kitchen, the menu includes great noodle dishes, braised short ribs, lemon grass chicken, curries, noodles and more. When the weather is nice, enjoy the patio with a rock garden and water fountains, or check out the options in the sake lounge.
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Lobster tail on white plate with lemon
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Eddie V's Wildfish
Newport Beach, California
AAA Inspector Rating
AAA Inspector 598: From prime steaks to seafood, Wildfish offers something for everyone. Great food and a lively bar with excellent service.
In The Bluffs Shopping Center, this restaurant specializes in seafood with dishes such as Chilean sea bass steamed Hong Kong-style and jumbo Georges Bank scallops. Diners also can enjoy limited selections of steak and chicken. This casual establishment, filled with upscale touches in décor and food presentation, is just the place to meet up with family or friends. Come check it out for yourself, but be sure to save room for one of their signature bananas foster butter cake.
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