Atlanta may be landlocked, but feeling like you’re on the coast is a viable option with an upscale seafood meal at The Optimist restaurant. The breezy open space and tall ceiling with exposed fixtures create an eclectic mix of industrial and coastal in this eatery located just northwest of downtown.
The Optimist sources the best quality of seafood from top-notch suppliers around the country, including fresh oysters from the Alabama coast, Maine sea scallops, and Georgia trout. Start your meal with a bowl of smoked fish chowder or crispy calamari. The majority of mains are roasted on the wood hearth, such as the wood grilled gulf shrimp and nduja, grilled whole branzino, or steak frites. Southern coastal sides like corn milk hushpuppies and local grits will round out your meal. Try a bit of everything with The Starving Man platter, including oysters, shrimp, ceviche, mussels, smoked fish dip, lobster, and salmon poke, a Hawaiian favorite. Sipping a glass of wine, beer, or a handcrafted cocktail along with your seafood will transport you to a summer day on the coast. Save room for the chocolate chess pie or Atlantic beach lemon pie along with a glass of dessert wine.
The Optimist in Atlanta also has an entire room dedicated to oysters at the Oyster Bar, serving up more than ten breeds of oysters on ice or roasted in the wood fired oven. You won’t want to miss Happy Hour in the Oyster Bar Monday-Friday 5pm-6pm and Saturday-Sunday 3pm-5pm, featuring $1 oysters. There’s no better time to give these delicacies a try!
Plan Your Excursion to the Optimist Restaurant
The Optimist restaurant is located in downtown Atlanta at 914 Howell Mill Rd. They are open for lunch Monday-Friday 11:30pm-2:30pm and dinner Sunday-Thursday 5pm-10pm and Friday-Saturday 5pm-11pm.
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