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75 Best Restaurants in Atlanta: The Optimist

The Optimist

At Ford Fry’s stylishly nautical seafood restaurant, there are many ways to plot a course to an ideal meal.
75 Best Restaurants in Atlanta: Kimball House

9. Kimball House

The composed dishes at this dapper former train depot are playfully conceived and seriously delicious—and don’t receive enough of the spotlight.
Harvesting Georgia oysters legislation

It could soon be legal to harvest oysters in Georgia—but why is the proposed law so murky?

The nearly identical House Bill 501 and Senate Bill 182 recently passed their respective chambers—which bodes well for passage of legislation to make harvesting oysters legal in Georgia. But the regulations in the bills—which are intended to usher in a new oyster era—may stifle rather than kickstart the resurgence.
Apalachicola, Florida

Turning Tides in Apalachicola

The oysters are vanishing from Apalachicola. No one knows if they’ll come back. You won’t find them on most menus anymore, and oyster boats have all but abandoned the bay. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but that won’t help this charming village on the shores of the Florida Panhandle. As its claim to fame disappears, Apalachicola vows it won’t share the same fate.
Mary Hoopa's

Review: At Mary Hoopa’s, Louisiana shack-style fried chicken and oysters get a modern twist

Healthier than a fry house and way more ambitious than a neighborhood diner, Mary Hoopa’s allows One Eared Stag's Robert Phalen to ease into his new gig as an interpreter of traditions—one who knows how to roll with the times.
Oysters

Will the Georgia oyster rise again?

Ask Kimball House co-owner Bryan Rackley about any gaps in his Decatur restaurant’s oyster menu, and his answer comes clear and quick: On a list that includes selections from the Carolinas, Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana, he can offer no Georgia oysters.
He Ro

He Ro had never seen an oyster. Now the refugee is Kimball House’s most talented shucker.

He Ro arrived in Clarkston as a shy 15-year-old who had spent much of his life in a Karen refugee camp in Thailand after fleeing Burma as a child. Now a 24-year-old oyster shucker at Kimball House, the people at the restaurant have all become his friends. “They all love me."
Landlocked Oyster Fest

Taste oysters from all over the South this weekend—and help Georgia’s local industry

Sunday’s Landlocked Oyster Fest is the first of its kind put on by nonprofit Oyster South and will benefit the University of Georgia's Shellfish Research Lab. Chefs such as Staplehouse's Ryan Smith and Southern Soufflé blogger Erika Council will partner with farmers to present oysters on the half shell dressed up with various accoutrements at Color Wheel Studios in Decatur.

It’s official: Kimball House team will open a casual seafood restaurant at Krog Street Market

This restaurant and bar, which will take over the former Luminary space, is the second for Matt Christison, Miles Macquarrie, Bryan Rackley, and Jesse Smith. They hope to open in 2018.

Here’s what Linton Hopkins will serve at C. Ellet’s steakhouse

The chef behind Restaurant Eugene and Holeman and Finch is opening a "next-generation steakhouse" at the Battery Atlanta at SunTrust Park this month. Here's what you'll see on the menu.

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