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Seafood >The Optimist
914 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3031833.780058 -84.410763
MON - FRI 11:30-2:30
SUN - THU 5-10
FRI & SAT 5-11
MON - FRI 5 on
SAT & SUN 3 on
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Northeast, Home Park
Ford Fry's first seafood restaurant might have easily gone awry; Atlanta is not a seafood town, and the chef made his mark mostly with meat. But The Optimist is a triumph: original, exciting, and somehow exactly what the city needed.
Reservations are hard to come by but there's usually room at the front oyster bar. it has a limited menu, but everything on it is delicious.
There's a reason why Fry's newest restaurant has been named Esquire's Best New Restaurant of the Year-with their lush interior, extensive seafood menu and open oyster bar, you'll forget us Atlantans were ever landlocked to begin with. The maine lobster roll, swordfish and any of Chef Taria's desserts are a winner here.
The Optimist is hot, with national acclaim and a chef that keeps adding onto his empire. The menu changes often and although seafood is definitely the main draw, beef, pork & chicken make regular appearances on the menu. Don't miss Chef Taria's creative desserts & the stellar cocktails.
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