March 14th, 2013
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Shellfish, displayed on ice in wire baskets, are the main attraction at Seattle’s Walrus & Carpenter, where the shucking of Pacific oysters is itself a work of art.

Such dedication to the finest local ingredients unites the best seafood restaurants across the globe, where what’s fresh is what’s for dinner. From spaghetti with sea urchin on the Amalfi Coast to crabmeat roasted over a fire in a coconut husk on the Thai island of Koh Samui, we hauled in a mouthwatering variety of fish as part of Travel + Leisure’s 100 Places to Eat Like a Local.

Consider a bouillabaisse that’s oceans away from all others - brash and intense, rich with saffron and garlic - and could only come from a restaurant in the French fishing port of Vallon des Auffes. A similarly memorable meal awaits in Lima, Peru, where culinary superstars like Eric Ripert seek out Chez Wong in working-class Santa Catalina for the city’s finest ceviche.

For travelers, sampling the catch of the day is one of the most satisfying ways to feel like a native—and nothing makes you one quite like having a strong opinion. Does Honolulu’s Ono Seafoods really have the best tuna poke? You’ll have to order a portion tossed with pickled mango, kimchi, boiled peanuts, and poi to decide for yourself.

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  1. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    Well that would be one expensive meal... Traveling to Tokyo just for seafood. lol

    March 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
  2. bbb

    i uaed to eat up fresh fish from local boats anchored on the Strait of Bosporus in Istanbul... there was a revolving boat system there, the boats that were not there at that time was bc they were fishing till the boats anchored were done w their fresh fish catches... it was simple... inside a loaf of bread, a tray of fried fish w salad greens and sauce wrapped for hot fresh bites in bread. i miss it and the smell of the Strait of Bosporus. thank you Istanbul ;) love you always !

    March 15, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
  3. Checked_Other

    Small fish shacks where locals hang are the best. Their fresh catches are simply prepared – grilled, blackened or fried - and the beer is on ice. The regular customers share funny, drunken stories and there's no jukebox.

    March 14, 2013 at 10:14 pm |
  4. bishmoti

    Looks like Nikki Ekstein has never eaten out in Korean streets. If you are mentioning about best restaurants for any food items then please do some research and post the report otherwise its not wise to post a silly ranking. Thank you.

    March 14, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Korean street food, in Korea, is THE BEST

      March 15, 2013 at 10:19 am |
  5. Adel Seghir

    A lot of fish and seafood nowadays are farmed. That means, in the end, you'll eat what they throw at them. You'll eat animals that are living in cages, obese and mentally diminished.

    Excellent seafod must be wild (half of the featured pictures actually show cheap, farmed seafod). Salmon, shrimp, etc., those were luxurious delicacies two decades ago, but are now mass-produced nonsense. Some of the reviewed restaurants actually serve spiced-up industrial foods. Be more selective.

    March 14, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
  6. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫


    March 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
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