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75 Best Restaurants in Atlanta: The Optimist
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At Ford Fry’s stylishly nautical seafood restaurant, there are many ways to plot a course to an ideal meal, but here’s our favorite: a dozen impeccable oysters; one of four crudos (think salmon with chorizo, strawberry, and fava bean); a hulking tentacle of octopus; and the best lobster roll in the city. If you’re forced to wait for a table, idle away the time on the minigolf lawn outside. 914 Howell Mill Road, 404-477-6260,