5 New Spots Around Atlanta to Eat Oysters
Now that we're squarely in R-month territory (not that that really matters, y'know), it's time to crack open a few oysters. The raw-bar, fresh-oyster craze in Atlanta shows no sign of dying down, with new entries into the culinary scene making the briny bivalves central parts of their menus and even their interior design. These five spots recently opened (or in the case of Red Pepper, added oysters to their offerings). Though none can still match the mighty Kimball House when it comes to oyster selection, all are worth visiting if you're looking for a half shell.
One of the big draws of the first Krog Street Market restaurant to open is its raw bar. In addition to the oysters sourced from around the country, the French restaurant offers up towering platters including shrimp, mussels and more. The Luminary's lighting fixtures were even designed to conjure thoughts of pearls (99 Krog St., Suite Y; 404-600-6199).
This Atlantic Station eatery, a step up from the casual chains in the development, puts its split focus on oysters right in its name. Chef Todd Richards, also of The Shed at Glenwood, even has oysters built right into the restaurant's interior — glance up while sitting at the bar to see what we mean. Available by the dozen or individually, The Pig & The Pearl's oysters come from both the East and the West Coasts. Stop in for an oyster happy hour Mondays through Thursdays between 4-6 PM, when select bivalves cost only a buck (1380 Atlantic Ave. NW, Suite 14180; 404-541-0930).
This Brookwood Hills spot from the Octopus Bar team sports two large sea-beast murals — head to the one on the left for the raw bar. At lunch, Lusca's oysters are half-price, just as they are on weekdays from 5-7 PM. The restaurant's selection isn't as broad as some restaurants, but the four or five options come from across the country and boast impressive freshness and flavor (1829 Peachtree Rd. NE; 678-705-1486).
Squarely focusing on the "bar" part of its name, this new Athens spot (pictured above) is a drinking-and-oyster-slurping establishment first, a dining spot second. Recently opened in the Bottleworks development, Seabear offers a rotating selection of oysters from both coasts, and the ever-popular Gulf when in season (297 Prince Ave., Suite 10, Athens; 706-850-4367).
A strip-mall Mexican joint's not where you'd first think to look for fresh oysters, but Red Pepper's food often steps beyond the boundaries of traditional Mexican cuisine. The small raw bar offers up six oyster varieties, raw or charbroiled, and gets creative with a jalapeño-infused mignonette (Multiple locations).