The Optimist

Modern Seafood

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  • 2015 Best Seafood
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Overview

High quality, sustainable seafood makes its way into the lively dining room of hotspot, The Optimist, created by chef/owner Ford Fry (St. Cecilia and King + Duke). Whether you start with a round of oysters or Spanish charred octopus, the beer is sure to pair well with the fish-heavy menu.

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Accolades

  • Best Seafood: Reader's Choice, Best of Atlanta 2016- Creative Loafing
  • Three stars from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2014
  • 50 Best Restaurants of 2014 — Atlanta Magazine
  • Zagat rating of 26 out of 30

Menu for The Optimist

Dinner Menu

Opportunities

  • Scallop avocado, apple-ginger broth, jalapeno
    $9.00
  • Cobia lemon, sea bean, espelette
    $9.00
  • Tuna sweet potato, spiced yogurt, almond, thyme
    $10.00

Start

  • Seafood Gumbo "pot luck" garlic bread
    $9.00
  • Smoked White Fish Chowder bacon, oyster crackers
    $9.00
  • Frothy She-Crab Soup shrimp toast
    $9.00
  • Arugula pickled turnips & carrots, roasted garlic vinaigrette, blue cheese
    $8.00
  • Little Gem Lettuce lemon anchovy dressing, buttery bread crumbs, parmesan
    $8.00
  • Simple Salad shaved celery, radish, herbs, banyuls vinaigrette
    $8.00
  • Tuscan Kale chorizo, calabrese peppers, creamy sherry vinaigrette, fried shallots
    $13.00
  • Peel & Eat Shrimp "come back" sauce, lemon
    $14.00
  • Spicy New England Style Clam Roll lemon mayo, pickled peppers
    $8.00
  • Whole Ga Shrimp a La Plancha "sopping' toast, arbol chile butter, lime. (messy, but worth it!)
    $15.00
  • Mussels green curry coconut broth, bird's eye chile, picked herbs
    $13.00
  • Fried Gulf Oysters smoked tomato cocktail sauce
    $15.00
  • Charred Spanish Octopus spiced yogurt, okra & jalapeno relish
    $14.00
  • Nantucket Bay Scallops persimmon, parsley root, star anise
    $16.00
  • Halibut Cheeks mustard greens, coddled egg, black garlic
    $16.00

Fish, Wood Hearth Roasted

  • Georges Bank Scallops cannellini beans, tasso ham, brown butter chicken jus
    $29.00
  • Blackened Mahi Mahi charred jalapeño butter, cucumbers, sea beans
    $26.00
  • Cornmeal Crusted Stripped Bass charred okra, pepper jelly
    $25.00
  • Pecan Crusted Flounder jerusalem artichoke & apple relish
    $26.00
  • Fish & Chips beer battered cod, crispy potatoes, malt vinegar aioli
    $21.00
  • Cobia meyer lemon butter, ga clams, turnips, crispy ham
    $26.00
  • Duck Fat Poached Swordfish pork belly, butternut squash, sherry jus
    $28.00
  • Monkfish soffrito braised octopus & squid, persillade
    $27.00
  • Crispy Whole Haddock garlicky ginger sauce, charred vegetables, fried shallots
    $33.00
  • Snapper or Grouper lemon,thyme, sea salt, extra virgin olive oil
    $24.00
  • Mangrove Snapper lime broth, herbs
    $25.00

Farm, Wood Hearth Roasted

  • Half Chicken salsa verde, lemon
    $24.00
  • Skirt Steak squash, roasted garlic, bordelaise
    $28.00

Sides & Such

  • Corn Milk Hushpuppies "beignet style", cane syrup butter
    $6.50
  • Basmati "Fried Rice" smoked fish, curry, peanuts, egg
    $6.50
  • Marinated Beets smoked beet yogurt, coriander
    $6.50
  • Confit Fingerling Potatoes pork belly, chile oil, scallions
    $6.50
  • Assorted Mushrooms turnip greens, salsa verde
    $6.50
  • Bok Choy ginger, pickled peppers
    $6.50
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts candied bacon, fermented jalapeno
    $6.50
  • Sweet Potatoes fish sauce caramel
    $6.50

Lunch Menu

On Ice

  • East Coast Oysters fresh horseradish, mignonette
    $2.75
  • West Coast Oysters fresh horseradish, mignonette
    $3.50
  • Peel & Eat Ga White Shrimp "come back" sauce & lemon
    $12.00

Start

  • Seafood Gumbo, Potluck Bread, Rice
    Cup $6.50
    Bowl $9.00
  • Smoked White Fish Chowder bacon, oyster crackers
    Cup $6.50
    Bowl $9.00
  • Frothy She-Crab Soup shrimp toast
    Cup $6.50
    Bowl $9.00
  • Simple Salad shaved celery & herbs, banyuls vinaigrette
    $7.00
  • Little Gems lemon anchovy dressing, croutons, parmesan
    $7.00
  • Chowder Fries bacon, clams, white cheddar
    $11.00
  • Fried Oysters horseradish mayo, vidalia onion, celery
    $16.00
  • Mussels green curry coconut broth, birds eye chili, grilled bread
    $13.00
  • Grilled calamari, pea salad, spicy sherry vinaigrette
    $11.00
  • Whole Ga White Shrimp a La Plancha "sopping" toast, arbol chile, lime (messy, but worth it!)
    $14.00

Salads & Sandwiches

  • Shrimp Cobb Salad dijon mustard dressing
    $19.00
  • Little Gem Salad fried oysters
    $16.00
  • Chopped Salad wood-roasted organic chicken, feta, corn, tomato, "wooden bowl" dressing
    $15.00
  • Maine Lobster Roll fries
    $18.00
  • Blackened Fish Sandwich slaw, fries
    $15.00
  • Filet of Fish cod, lettuce, jalapeño bread, comeback sauce
    $12.00
  • Opti Burger american cheese, grilled onions, comeback sauce, fries
    $13.00
  • Shrimp Burger spicy mayo, arugula, crispy shallots, fries
    $16.00

Fish & Farm, Wood Hearth Roasted

  • Red Snapper peas, beans, baby carrots, parsley, pickled shallot, radish
    $19.00
  • Fish & Chips ale battered cod, crispy potatoes, malt vinegar aioli
    $17.00
  • Speckled Trout okra, bok choy
    $22.00
  • Skirt Steak crispy potatoes, tuscan kale, bordelaise
    $19.00

Sides & Such

  • Shoestring Fries malt vinegar aiol
    $5.50
  • Corn Milk Hushpuppies "beignet style," cane syrup butter
    $5.50
  • Basmati "Fried Rice" smoked fish, curry, crushed peanuts, egg
    $5.50
  • Bok Choy pickled shallots, ginger
    $5.50
  • Marinated Beets smoked beet yogurt, coriander
    $5.50

Pre Fixe Nye Menu 2014

Taste for the Table

  • Butternut Squash Soup georgia shrimp, pecan, sage
  • Classic Caviar Service american sturgeon caviar, hardboiled egg, shallot, chive, buckwheat blini (15. supplement)

Menu #2

  • Nantucket Bay Scallops roasted parsley root, persimmon, star anise
  • Half Shell Oysters (half-dozen + one) selection from east & west coast
  • Winter Root Vegetable Salad shaved kale, fresh horseradish, truffle vinaigrette
  • Spanish Octopus crispy potato, fermented bok choy, miso yogurt
  • New Years Gumbo blue crab, oysters, shrimp, braised greens, garlic
  • Alabama Pork Belly roasted sweet potato, arugula, pickled turnips, sherry jus
  • Foie Gras spiced apple puree, fresh apple and fennel relish, brioche, cider (15. supplement)

Menu #3

  • New England Swordfish celery root, hen of the wood mushroom, medjool date, red wine fish sauce
  • Gulf Snapper braised mustard greens, al blue crab butter, meyer lemon
  • Georges Bank Scallops braised white bean, sauteed kale, tasso ham
  • Beef Shortrib yukon potato puree, charred broccoli, humboldt fog cheese, crispy shallot
  • Lambshank roasted butternut squash, brussels sprouts, chorizo
  • Pasture Half Chicken collard greens, braised fingerling potato, smoked bacon, brown chicken jus
  • Chestnut Risotto fresh shaved black truffles, roasted cauliflower, parmesan cheese
  • Maine 1/2 pound Lobster roasted root vegetable salad, drawn butte
  • Dry Aged 36-Ounce Bone-In Cote De Beouf roasted bone marrow, chef selected sides, bordelaise (15. supplement)

Menu #4

  • Double Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake malted whipped cream
  • Apple Cranberry Tart buttermilk ice cream
  • Green Apple Sorbet crisp george washington

914 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318

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Details
  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Casual, Industrial, Trendy/Scene
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Groups, Hot Spot, Outdoor Dining
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (404) 477-6260
  • Private Dining Room: No