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
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
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.
1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta
A sophisticated twist, the sweet Japanese Kumamoto oysters are served with sea urchin, young leeks, caviar, lavosh, chervil and phytoplankton.
3344 Peachtree Road, Atlanta
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
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
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