5 Wonderfilet Delicious Cities for Seafood Lovers
It’s summer, which means… great seafood! But for some people, waiting around for their favorite fish to come into season just isn’t enough. If you’re a seafood aficionado, you’re in luck – the U.S. enjoys some of the widest variety of fish options in the world–from the blue oceans of Hawaii to the lobster traps of Maine, there’s something for just about everyone. So pack your bib and butter, these five cities offer great seafood options, along with amazing fishing for anyone who likes to catch their own dinner.
Nothing says shellfish like New England. Portland may be famous for its lobster and clam, but the Atlantic coastline also offers a variety of fish including mackerel, cod, and haddock. The city has a long tradition of great seafood and is famous for its huge catches – in 2016, Maine landed more than 130 million pounds of lobster. What’s more, Maine is a famous fly fishing hub, dotted with lakes and ponds that deliver freshwater catches like salmon and trout. Portland enjoys quick access to nearby towns like Kennebunkport and Cape Elizabeth, which are crawling with great seafood joints serving up the catch of the day.
With 6,640 miles of coastline, it’s no surprise that Alaska is a fish lover’s dream. Sure, it may be cold, but the year-round flow of fresh fish makes up for it in spades. The Gulf of Alaska produces an abundance of crab, sockeye salmon, shrimp, lobster, and halibut; inland, pristine freshwater habitats host an abundance of rainbow trout and arctic char. With so much fresh fish available in the surrounding area it’s no surprise that Anchorage is home to dozens of amazing seafood joints.
Although most people look a bit to the East for Cajun and Gulf cuisine, Houston also enjoys a strong tradition of cooking Gulf seafood. Not only is Space City situated right in the heart of the Gulf of Mexico, but nearby lakes provide classic Southern fish like catfish and largemouth bass. As the largest and most diverse city in the South, Houston attracts all sorts of unique seafood, from Japanese barbecue to Viet-Cajun seafood.
If you love fish, nothing could be better than being surrounded on all sides by hundreds of miles of water. Hawaiians have relied on fishing since the island was first settled 1,500 years ago. The island paradise offers a selection of Pacific seafood, including mahi, ahi tuna, and wahoo, not to mention a variety of other fish only readily available on the islands. Located so far from the mainland, Honolulu is home to uniquely Hawaiian dishes like poke, a dish of raw cubed tuna with soy sauce and seasonings.
Rated number one in Field and Stream‘s Best Fishing Cities, Miami is a fish lover’s dream. A large tourism industry drives one of the best culinary scenes in the country and seafood is certainly no exception. Seafood restaurants run up and down Biscayne Bay and the Miami River, serving up the local catch – sailfish, tuna, kingfish, and dozens of others. And locals can always take a quick trip to the Florida Keys, which are famous for their fish shacks. For anglers, Miami has all types of fishing available, from flats to deep sea, from reefs to the everglades.