Ford Fry’s empire keeps getting bigger, but we remain partial to the oyster bar at his Westside seafood spot. A lobster roll packed with claw meat and lightly dressed with mayo is a known treasure, but the sweet peel-and-eat Georgia shrimp in Old Bay Seasoning deserve just as much love. Out of the wood-fire oven, oysters roasted in sherry butter and cornmeal-crusted fish with pepper jelly also tempt. 914 Howell Mill Road, theoptimistrestaurant.com
This article originally appeared in our December 2014 issue.