Best Fresh Seafood Restaurant

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Hall of Fame: Rappahannock

First Place: East Coast Provisions

3411 W. Cary St.
353-3411
eastcoastrva.com

Second Place: The Boathouse

Third Place: The Hard Shell

Why Dylan Fultineer hasn’t been nominated for a James Beard Award is a mystery, but this city knows a great chef — and his East Grace Street restaurant is full every night. It’s also the perfect stop for a cold local beer at the bar and a dozen briny bivalves from its parent company, Rappahannock River Oyster Co. Readers are also smitten with East Coast Provisions. When asked why, chef Trevor Knotts ascribes it to the bounty of the sea. “The sheer number and quality of purveyors has changed,” he says. “There used to be one or two big purveyors and now there’s a bunch of smaller places bringing oysters: Ruby Salts, Big Island and Cedar Point from Weems. There’s a demand for higher-quality food and people want local.” The upscale décor, creative menu and expansive outdoor seating have a lot to do with it, too.

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