There is only so much beautiful coastline you can drive without craving seafood. Thankfully, the West Coast is dotted with roadside seafood shacks that lure motorists with fresh, unfussy faves such as steamed crab and golden battered fish. No fancy wine lists here: These are no-frills joints where weathered nautical decor and sea-kissed air are as comforting as the piping hot bowls of clam chowder. From California to Washington, here are our favorite spots to break out the oyster crackers.
At Captain Kidd’s fish market and restaurant in Redondo Beach, you can customize your meal from a deli case of daily fresh seafood. Select your fish, choose how you’d like it prepared—from charbroiled to tempura battered, garlic pepper to Old Bay—and pick two side dishes. Pair the plate with a pint of beer, and head out to the patio overlooking King Harbor.