Food + Wine

World's Best Beach Food

On most beaches, the best food you'll get is something fried, served with a side of something else fried. Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course: To eat greasy French fries (or fried clams, or even fried dough) on the beach is human. But to eat tender grilled octopus and wash it down with a cold cerveza while digging your toes into the powdery sand of Mexico's Pacific Coast—well, that's divine. Our list of contenders for the world's best beach food contains its share of classic fried goodies and seafood, as well as some less-familiar seaside delicacies, such as the traditional English breakfast preferred by Cornwall's surfing set, cool and creamy salads served on a shady patio overlooking the north coast of Mykonos, and what may be America's best—and definitely its largest—cheeseburger. Whether it's prepared in a roadside shack or a gleaming modern kitchen, this is beach food sublime enough to compete with an ocean view.

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Published July 2009

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