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The Optimist

914 Howell Mill Rd. NW (Ninth St. NW) Send to Phone
404-477-6260 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
The Optimist draws seafood fans from all over the Atlanta area.
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Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly

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The Optimist Restaurant Review

: Styled after a fish camp, The Optimist fields both a restaurant and a raw bar operation adjacent to the main dining room. Here's where you might want to stop in for a late plate of raw or wood-roasted oysters. We forgo the fancy fixin's, which include house-made wheat crackers, and just order some lemon wedges. The bar's small-plates menu offers other morsels that may be enjoyed in this space, where the noise levels are friendlier than in the main dining room. There, the high curved ceiling makes sound reverberate. While chef Adam Evans gets raves for his gumbo, we also like the smoked fish chowder, with its chunks of potato and creamy chive-flecked richness. Classic fish 'n' chips is a cut above the crowd in every respect, with torn fried pieces of potato accompanying the succulent fish. Duck fat-poached swordfish is moist and still slightly pink, topped with cured swordfish belly meat. This is a good place to seek out unusual fish types you may have never seen before, such as tilefish, a mild Southern fin. Other menu mains include roasted organic chicken, pork chop and a skirt steak. For dessert, check out the house-made ice creams and sorbets, such as the refreshing coconut sorbeto. Wines come from coastal wine regions. A Vermentino from Bolgheri on Italy's Mediterranean coast is a seafood lover's ideal wine. Take-out must be ordered in person at the restaurant.

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