Atlanta × The Optimist.

A2 Rating Scale (out of 5):

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THE BASICS:

WHAT:  “Fish Camp & Oyster Bar” in the ATL

WHERE:  Downtown Atlanta

WHEN:  I’ve only been for dinner; but a weekday business and/or pleasure lunch here would score you some major brownie points. Oh, and $1 oyster HappyHour Mon.-Fri. 5-6PM & Sat.-Sun. 3-4PM.

 

THE DISH: 

WHAT TO ORDER:  The menu changes seasonally, but the quality does not.  Even though I’ve only been twice, between my group, we tried a good portion on the menu each time… and ALL was divine ($$$).  Not one thing I wouldn’t order again or recommend.  With a revolving selection of more than 10 breeds of oysters at a time, you could go CRAZY and you should.   If you happen to be there when the Clam Chowder or Hamachi is on the menu – go for it.  And the cocktail program is pretty damn impressive as well; so cheers.  And the desserts… OK I’m officially salivating at this point.   In conclusion, order it all and worry about it later.

WHAT TO SKIP:  Is this a serious question?

WHO TO BRING:  Moms to mistresses.   But you’ll want to go back, so no pirate hookers.

WHAT TO WEAR:  On a hot date; work that mini and heels.  With Grannie; pull out that over-sized knit.  Coming straight from the office; leave that suit on (LOVE a man that can work a suit, especially one that screams I have a 401K and I vacation in the Hamptons).  Dress for the occasion because with this scene you can get away with most of it.

WHERE TO SIT:  Because I can’t go as often, I love to sit in the main dining room, as it’s spacious and you can look into the open kitchen.  I love a place where I can eye multiple dishes before the most stressful part of the night occurs: ordering time.  If I was a local, I would probably be a regular at either the raw bar and bar-bar and save the tables for occasions.

PLAY-TIME:  Start or end the night with a round of mini-golf on the 2-hole put-put course out front.  I opt for the latter, as I need a little liquid courage to challenge my opponents and talk some shit.

 

EDDR LIFE LESSON:  Stick to what you know.  This place makes me happy, so even though I know Atlanta has an amazing food scene to explore, I know that I will leave a happy camper and that is enough to make my visit complete.

 

A2 FINAL THOUGHT:  The Optimist is an all-time favorite of mine; a trip to the ATL just wouldn’t be right without a meal at this spot where seafood meets southern charm.

 

Optimistically waiting ‘til next time,

Alex

The Optimist ↔ 914 Howell Mill Road, Atl, GA 30318
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