We made a quick trip this past weekend to see friends in Atlanta and we were able to try a few new places that we wanted to tell you about. The food scene in Atlanta is expanding at a rapid rate and there are many more places that have still yet to visit. These are the ones that made the cut (and are also included on our Atlanta City Page).
The Optimist – fantastic upscale seafood restaurant and oyster bar from Chef/Owner Ford Fry with Executive Chef Adam Evans manning the helm. The decor is a beautiful and creates an atmosphere that feels like a fish market-meets-warehouse-meets Grand Central station. The main dining room is large and bustling and features more fish entrees. They also have an attached Oyster Bar with more oyster options with a scaled down menu. We loved the Florida grouper with smoked vidalia onion and horseradish broth as well as the Duckfat poached swordfish with pickled sweet peppers and crispy pancetta. The fish and chips featured a tasty but astonishingly large beer battered Haddock with shoestring chips. Wash it down with one of their signature cocktails or an Allagash White on tap. The honey ice cream was a great way to end the evening. This restaurant is receiving well deserved accolades. If you are going for dinner plan to get a reservation in advance.
Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano – Chicken and pastas from the owner’s of Antico Pizza (and right next door). The roasted lemon chicken is tender and flavorful and the skin is crisp and savory (i.e. – nice and salty). We loved the Diavola chicken with Calabrian peppers, garlic, fresh crushed pepper and olio picante. The portions are generous and great for sharing several plates. Available for take out or dine in.
No. 246 – rustic Italian from Chef/Owner Ford Fry in Decatur featuring handmade pastas and wood fire grill utilizing local and seasonal ingredients. The Porchetta sandwich is delicious and comes with its own roasting jus for dipping. The spaghetti with Georgia shrimp and crisped bread crumbs was a standout as was the Paper Pilot cocktail (12 yr Elijah Craig with chili-infused Aperol and lemon). Open for lunch and dinner.