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10 Must-Try New Lobster Dishes in Atlanta

By Christopher Hassiotis  |  September 21, 2016
Credit: Andrew Thomas Lee

It's often considered a luxurious dish for special occasions, but lobster doesn't have to break the bank — especially when it's in season. Thankfully, there are a number of Atlanta restaurants democratizing the shellfish. And while it's still not a bargain item, they are making lobster more approachable than in days past. Keep your eyes out for these hot dishes: 

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    Crab-Stuffed Maine Lobster at The Mercury 
    At this stylish Ponce City Market restaurant, chef Brian Carson grills a 1-lb. Maine lobster ($36), then splits and fills it with jumbo lump crab meat before baking. The whole thing is topped with a housemade Bearnaise sauce.

    675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE; 404-500-5253
     

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    Lobster Pappardelle at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse
    This Phipps Plaza Italian eatery serves up a seafood pasta ($32) rich with fresh Maine lobster. The tangle of egg pappardelle also incorporates sauteed asparagus and a butter sauce flavored with uni.

    3500 Peachtree Rd NE; 404-844-4810
     

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    Maine Lobster at Eight Sushi Lounge
    This Westside sushi spot takes lobster weighing between 2 and 3 lbs (market price) and prepares it in sashimi style, served with spicy tobiko roe, black and gold caviar and gingko nuts. Pipettes of yellow tomato reduction, garlic ponzu sauce and a wasabi-spiked yuzu soy sauce arrive on the side, and an accompanying lobster miso soup (made with the lobster claws, cream, thyme and white miso) provides ample richness. Also worth noting: this dish isn't always available at Eight, and usually shows up on the weekends or holidays. Your best bet is to call ahead to see if they've got live lobster available.

    930 Howell Mill Rd NW; 404-796-8888

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    Lobster Bisque at Maya Steaks & Seafood
    This Sandy Springs steakhouse from restaurateur Mimmo Alboumeh keeps things simple, rich and satisfying with this bisque ($9) made with lobster meat, lobster stock, cream, brandy and herbs.

    6152 Roswell Rd NE; 404-705-8880
     

  • Tagliolini di Mare at Osteria Mattone
    ​At this Roswell Italian eatery, chef Eric Sell works a healthy amount of lobster into this seafood pasta ($21). The lobster joins lump crab and shrimp among the noodles in a seafood broth, Sicilian pachino tomatoes and garlic.

    1095 Canton St, Roswell; 678-878-3378

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    Lobster Club at Bar Margot
    Available only on the lunch menu at this restaurant in the Midtown Four Seasons hotel, this play on a lobster roll and a club sandwich ($22) sports fresh lobster, bacon, avocado, Bibb lettuce and Louie dressing.

    75 14th St NE; 404-881-5913
     

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    Tempura Maine Lobster Tail at 101 Steak
    This starter ($17) at the new Vinings steakhouse is tempura-battered and fried, served with more Asian flavors: a spicy sambal-aioli mixture and sea salt infused with green tea.

    3621 Vinings Slope SE; 770-805-8855

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    Lobster Toban-Yaki at Umi
    The Japanese toban-yaki technique roasts meat on a heated ceramic plate. This posh Buckhead sushi restaurant helmed by chef Fuyuhiko Ito keeps things simple with the lobster toban-yaki ($28) presentation, focusing on the sweet lobster meat and a soy butter sauce.

    3050 Peachtree Rd NW; 404-841-0040

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    Lobster Tostadas at The Original El Taco
    This special appetizer ($18) currently available on the Virginia-Highland Tex-Mex restaurant's menu takes blue corn tortillas, tops them with avocado, cilantro and lobster knuckle and claw meat in a salad made with corn, celery, scallions and spiced crema.

    1186 North Highland Ave. NE; 404-873-4656
     

  • Lobster Ramen at Brush Sushi Izakaya
    Decatur's sushi scene took a big leap forward when chef Jason Liang opened shop recently, and he's been impressing diners with dishes both creative and traditional. This bowl of lobster ramen (market price) is available midweek after 9 PM, and during weekend brunch, but only in super-limited quantities: there's just enough broth made for four bowls a day. Those that do snag a bowl tuck into a rich and flavorful union of lobster meat, lobster broth, sweet corn, chewy noodles and seasonal vegetables.

    316 Church St, Decatur; 678-949-9412