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Pick 6: Oysters the Aphrodisiac

Bistro Niko's oyster bar

Bistro Niko's oyster bar

Well, we finally made it to Friday and by this time we are ready to celebrate anything that doesn’t have to do with the cold. We beg you to reconsider and think about chilled, slurp-worthy oysters. With it being Valentine’s Day, we figured oysters are the perfect aphrodisiac. But is it true? There are differing studies, but in 2005 a group of American and Italian scientists determined that specific amino acids present in oysters increase levels of testosterone in males and progesterone in females. Whatever your excuse, here’s our picks for some great oysters in town.

Watershed on Peachtree
1820 Peachtree Road, Atlanta
404-809-3561
www.watershedrestaurant.com
Chef Joe Truex instills his Louisiana roots on oysters by adding them to his jambalaya. It’s a spicy mix of fried oysters with sea scallops, butter poached shrimp, grilled Andouille, crab and rice croquette and a crawfish etouffee.

Salt Factory Pub
102 S Main Street, Alpharetta
770-752-1888
www.saltfactoryalpharetta.fhfoodtradinggroup.com
Take your pick: gulf oysters on the half shell, boutique oysters by the piece, oysters Rockefeller with smoked bacon, spinach and Béarnaise sauce, chargrilled oysters with andouille sausage and Tabasco or fried oysters with crispy lemon and Cajun rémoulade.

Bacchanalia
1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta
404-365-0410
http://www.starprovisions.com/bacchanalia
A sophisticated twist, the sweet Japanese Kumamoto oysters are served with sea urchin, young leeks, caviar, lavosh, chervil and phytoplankton.

Bistro Niko
3344 Peachtree Road, Atlanta
404-261-6456
www.buckheadrestaurants.com/bistro-niko
From the dining room, you can see the oyster bar in the open kitchen. The Valentine’s menu includes Wellfleet oysters, but there is always a selection of four varieties oysters on ice.

Shucks Oyster & Wine Bar
705 Town Brookhaven, Atlanta
404-846-1777
www.h2sr.com/shucks
Specialty oysters are changed daily, and we recommend pairing your pick with the Louisiana “oyster shooter.” The concoction of sake, tomato juice, horseradish, seasoned salt and hot sauce are the perfect chaser. Plus Monday through Thursday from 5 until 6:30 p.m. you can score a dozen Gulf oysters for $6.

Fontaine’s Oyster House
1026 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta
404-872-0869
www.nightcapfoodandspirits.com/fontainesmainpage
If you want to warm up, you’ll want the oyster stew. This creamy soup is reminiscent of clam chowder, loaded with a half-dozen oysters. Dip in some crusty bread.

-By Alexa Lampasona for the Food & More blog

25 comments Add your comment

Jw

February 14th, 2014
10:35 am

Kimball House has the best selection in the southeast, surprised to not see it

Baltisraul....

February 14th, 2014
10:37 am

Shucks sounds like the best place on this list so far! Thanks for the tip Alexa,. This is a must try place for us! Creole oyster shooters are great.

Kim

February 14th, 2014
11:31 am

I had never ever eaten an oyster until just a few months ago, when I tried the grilled oysters at the Lawrence, only because a friend ordered them and I thought I’d be brave. Now I daydream about them and get them every time I go! So delicious.

Julian Goglia

February 14th, 2014
11:37 am

I’m surprised Kimball House isn’t on the list!

dean

February 14th, 2014
11:56 am

Agreed about the Kimball House. Best oyster selection and shuckers in town. Always plenty of liquor in there as well. Perfect presentations too!

OTP with ITP Appetite

February 14th, 2014
3:06 pm

I never thought I’d see phytoplankton as a menu item. The next time I have a baleen whale guest in town, I know where to take him, besides the Aquarium.

CafeEJ

February 14th, 2014
3:34 pm

Fontaine’s is my go-to even though I live in Brookhaven and Shucks is a lot closer. Never had a bad plate at Fontaines.

Sabrina in Ellijay

February 15th, 2014
9:29 am

I ate oysters for the first time in Panama City Beach on Spring Break 2006.
At first my throat started tingling. Within five minutes it had swollen to the point that I could barely breathe.
I had never had an allergic reaction before, so I had no epi-pen.
My face swelled and my mouth turned blue.
It became a struggle to breathe. After 15 minutes I was unconscious.
A thoracic surgeon who happened to be having dinner with his family at a nearby table understood what was happening to me and knew that my only chance of survival would be a tracheotomy.
With the assistance of paramedics who had just arrived on the scene he used a knife from the kitchen to make an incision in my neck and he inserted a tube that he ripped from an oxygen tank in the ambulance into my larynx and forced it past my swollen throat.
The paramedics gave me nitroglycerin to restart my heart and a large dose of antihistamines.
I was breathing on my own again when I awoke in the hospital that night, and they told me I did not take a breath for more than 20 minutes.
I still have some loss of motor skills, memory loss and headaches associated with this event.
In 2009 a Florida jury ordered the insurance company of the now-closed restaurant to pay me 2.6 million dollars for anticipated medical costs and pain and suffering. Since then there was an appeal that they won and a new trial. During the new trial in 2012 my attorneys reached a settlement of $850,000.00.
I receive structured settlement checks from a trust in the amount of $17,342.28 per month, and less than 1% of that is used to cover medical expenses.
I don’t eat oysters.

Leslie

February 15th, 2014
10:22 am

Sabrina in Ellijay – you sued a restaurant because you were allergic to oysters? No wonder we’re going down the tubes.

Ned Ludd

February 15th, 2014
11:52 am

Grounds for lawsuit would be if the oysters were infected (e.coli) and knowingly OR accidentally served. Restaurant would then be responsible. Typically liability for allergen reactions is indeed taken by the consumer IF a warning is listed on the menu detailing possible reactions.

Carson

February 15th, 2014
12:14 pm

Restaurants can’t just serve food to people with allergies and expect nothing to happen.
If you are in the business of serving food you are expected to be an expert in food allergies.
I sued Dairy Queen after my son had a peanut allergy reaction from a butterfinger blizard and they settled for a decent sum.

Ned Ludd

February 15th, 2014
12:39 pm

What kind of parent would order their son with a known peanut allergy an item with a butterfinger in it? Jeez—peanut butter is practically in it’s name. And then not hold yourself completely liable? Why don’t you have him run across I-75, cars are supposed to stop aren’t they? My apologies I wish ill will on no one, simply agree with Leslie that we are going down the tubes if we don’t start taking some personal responsibility.

Baltisraul....

February 15th, 2014
1:22 pm

Ned….NOBODY takes responsibility for their own actions in todays world. Suing Dairy Queen after helping her/his son order an item w/ peanut butter is insane. Tell you what Carson, when your IQ gets to 50, SELL.

Ned Ludd

February 15th, 2014
3:59 pm

Balt—News Flash!!!—There is no actual crowned Queen at Dairy Queen! Lets grab Ben Matlock and Oliver Wendall Douglas and sue for misrepresentation! Think Carson and Sabrina are the same person? Sounds like those oysters mighta kept the elevator from reaching the top floor.

Baltisraul....

February 16th, 2014
7:46 am

Throw in Cannon and lets find us a ‘mouth piece’. Carson is real, saw him on Judge Judy getting sued for back rent and running up a cell phone bill on Momma’s credit card. He didn’t win that one!

Made the best seafood Newburg last night w/ shrimp, lump crab and mudbug meat.

Ned Ludd

February 16th, 2014
10:40 am

Sound great–fun dish. We often turn it into a dip when entertaining. Gonna go out on a limb and assume the number of children with a seafood allergy dining with you was kept to a minimum and they were forced to sign a waiver.

FYI—My dogs name is Mudbug!

Baltisraul....

February 16th, 2014
11:17 am

The young adults were forced to eat what’s on their plate as usual. Never had a problem and they must clean the kitchen before they get a high-ball or beer.

Walmart has mudbug tail meat. It is sometimes hard to find, ready to eat. It is by far my wife’s favorite dish. It is rather pricy so it is only served when my budget allows.

What a great name for your dog! That just makes my day!

Baltisraul....

February 16th, 2014
11:24 am

Ned……..this morning we had eggs benedict but substituted the newburg sauce for the hollandaise sauce. WOW!!!!

Ned Ludd

February 16th, 2014
5:17 pm

Good to teach kids to be responsible. We weren’t allowed anything stronger than beer at home growing up until we were 12.

Baltisraul....

February 16th, 2014
5:35 pm

My parents never knew our ages!

Sabrina in Ellijay

February 17th, 2014
2:11 pm

I hope you cruel people never have to experience the agony I endured.
Food allergies are real, and the sooner everyone stops making a joke about it and starts taking it seriously there will be a lot fewer lawsuits.
I learned my lesson and I will never eat seafood again. But there are many people out there who have never tried shellfish who will walk into a restaurant and be completely at the mercy of the owners to tell them that they are serving raw seafood and that raw seafood id dangerous.
Our pastor says the Lord gave us ovens so we don’t have to take our chances with raw food. He says sushi is the devil’s work meant to satisfy his minions on earth -socialist liberal elitest.

Ned Ludd

February 17th, 2014
4:18 pm

No one likes to see you experience agony. Allergies are real and real preventable. Where above did anyone make a joke about them? Did you not take time the read the warning on the menu? Have never been to a seafood restaurant that did not have possible side effects listed. Does your pastor believe that you should profit from your own ignorance? Does he have a biblical reference for his anti-stove opinion? I love sushi and hate the devil, how is that possible if I subscribe to your beliefs? Perhaps you could supply a list of any other foods that are satanicaly linked. Don’t want my diet to affect me going to heaven—well, except for Devils Food cake of course.

Leslie

February 17th, 2014
4:53 pm

Sabrina in Ellijay, you again proved my point. We are going down the tubes.

Sabrina in Ellijay

February 18th, 2014
9:10 am

I wasn’t paraphrasing my pastor for the purpose of saying you should or should not eat sushi. Naturally you should eat whatever you enjoy. I was just trying to add context.
Anyway, I apologize if I was not clear before. The menu made NO MENTION of serving raw food or the inherent dangers therein. The fact that you see these warnings on menus every time you go out to dinner now is a result of my lawsuit and similar ones.
I know lawsuits are unpopular and unfortunate but the reality is that sometimes they are necessary. Sometimes businesses, whether they be trucking companies or physicians or restaurants need to have their insurance canceled as the result of their carrier having to pay a claim before you can properly draw their attention to the fact that they are putting the public in danger through their recklessness.

Ned Ludd

February 18th, 2014
2:54 pm

Sabrina-Continued health and happiness for you and yours for many years to come.