Plain and simple, you get a delicious filler-free crab cake—whether it’s atop a Caesar salad, on a sandwich, or as an accompaniment to flounder, sea scallops or jumbo shrimp.
$14.95-$20.50. 348 W. 96th St., Stone Harbor, (609) 741-6051. Takeout only: 115 E. 17th St., North Wildwood, (609) 523-2400.
The baked crab imperial is a must. For something a little different, go with the gussied-up crispy crab cakes with chardonnay-cream sauce.
$18.95-$39.95. 2 Broadway, Somers Point, (609) 927-7377.
You can eat in or take out most of the steamed-to-order menu items. If you want the all-you-can-eat crabs, you’ll have to nab a table on the dock and dine there.
Market prices. 956 Ocean Drive, Cape May, (609) 884-4555.
Much of the Hooked-Up menu features just-caught fare from a commercial fishing boat docked out back.
$12.95-$23.95. 1044 W. Rio Grande Ave., Wildwood, (609) 522-2722.
Mike’s isn’t shy about spice. For proof, sample the Shrimp or Scallops from Hell, or the shrimp in Jamaican jerk sauce. You’ll also find traditional preparations at this 100-year-old landmark.
$12.99-$38.99. 4222 Park Road, Sea Isle City, (609) 263-3458.
Don’t miss the jumbo lump crab cakes—a house specialty. Those with a serious crustacean craving can start with the crab Florentine. $13.95-$27.95. 2489 Dune Drive, Avalon, (609) 368-2114.
Oyster Bay Restaurant & Bar
Lobster, shrimp, scallops, Gruyère cheese, and lobster sauce make the Oyster Bay’s seafood potpie the ultimate comfort food.
$25-$45. 615 Lafayette St., Cape May, (609) 884-2111.
Mediterranean accents can be found in everything from the Mahi Mahi Plaki to the whole bronzino.
$20-$44.50. 1327 Beach Ave., Cape May, (609) 898-0300.
Quahog’s Seafood Shack
This popular spot definitely goes the extra mile—all the way to the Amazon—for its BBQ Pacu Fish Ribs Dinner.
206 97th St., Stone Harbor, (609) 368-6300.
Global flavor profiles—like ginger and spicy Penang curry—gently elevate the freshness of the seafood without overpowering its delicacy.
1035 Beach Ave., Cape May, (609) 884-7000.
Spadafora’s features family recipes made with the freshest catch from its own fish market. Splurge on the Supreme—shrimp, scallops, flounder, deviled crab and lobster tail.
$11.99-$24.95. 843 Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, (609) 398-6154.