1. The Optimist
Atlanta-based chef Ford Fry has debuted his much-anticipated seafood restaurant, during a pandemic no less. Located in an historic building on Adams Street, it boasts a large dining room with an open kitchen, roomy leather banquettes, and a patio outfitted with powerful overhead fans for warm summer evenings. As promised, the menu is extremely surf-focused, with impressive platters featuring oysters, chilled lobsters, ceviche, shrimp, and more. Do not miss the mussels, which come swimming in a rich ham-hock broth bolstered with finely chopped collard greens, and topped with crispy frites and hot-sauce aioli. Cocktails and wines by the glass are expertly curated and primed to pair perfectly with land or sea.
Dining Status: Dining room and patio are open. Call 615-709-3156 for reservations.