To celebrate the end of my sophomore year of college (where did the time go?!), my family and I made reservations at an Atlanta restaurant that I’ve been dying to try. The Optimist! Located in a new urban areas of Atlanta, the Optimist is famous for its fresh, sustainable seafood and for it’s incredible interior!
A cavernous room with industrial ceilings and really intriguing lighting.
My sister and dad!
My mom and me!
We were seated towards the rear of the restaurant, two seats on a cushioned bench facing a huge, steel framed window, and two seats facing the opposite direction.
The meal started off with buttery, flaky rolls topped with salt. I loved the mix of the bread with the salt crystals on top. Delish.
For our appetizers, we tried the seafood gumbo and the clam chowder. I really wanted to try the lobster rolls, but they didn’t have any lobster rolls that evening (boo). Looks like I’ll just have to come back for them! (Oh darn. )
The gumbo was a great mix of chunks of shrimp, mussels and potatoes. The potatoes were cold and the gumbo was hot, so it was an interesting mix of flavors and temperatures. I personally loved the spice!
The clam chowder was to die for. It came with some smaller bread chips on the side and I loved dipping the chips in the chowder for a creamy and crunchy perfect bite!
For our entrees, I ordered the yellow fin tuna with a side of fried octopus.
I loved the tuna, it was cooked for perfection. The octopus was good, but I enjoyed the other food so much more.
My sister ordered the peel-n-eat shrimp, but I didn’t try any of it. She said it was awesome, though!
My mom ordered the fish’n'chips which was HUGE!
She also ordered a side of fries that I definitely shared.
We also went with a side of bok choy (salty and spicy) and sautéed onions. I prefer caramelized onions on burgers, but it was fun to try caramelized onions in a different way!
The best parents ever.
We rounded out our delicious evening with some much needed dessert and decaf coffee.
Oh yes, that would be savannah beignets (donut heaven) with bourbon praline and fired pecans.
And that would be oatmeal cookie dough ice cream….I can’t even. Both desserts were so good, my adjectives can’t live up to the deliciousness we experienced. Let’s just say there wasn’t a dirty dish at the table.
That’s our, “take the freaking picture already” face.
We love coffee!
Such an awesome night with some of my favorite people! I’m definitely freaking out that I have to leave them this Sunday (and then I’ll be in France for the whole. summer. AHH)
If I don’t post for a week or so, it’s only because I’m going to be SO BUSY getting ready to leave and not because I’m going MIA. Who knows, maybe I’ll be talking to you all from Metz, France next?
Food for thought:
What’s the last best meal you’ve had?
What’s your favorite go-to seafood restaurant?