Restaurant Review – The Optimist | Atlanta Eats

The Optimist turns the tide on seafood restaurants in Atlanta. The Optimist, Chef Ford Fry’s upscale seafood restaurant and oyster bar in Midtown West, recently caught Esquire Magazine’s Best Restaurant Award for 2012, and continues to reel in the accolades. Everything about The Optimist lives up to the high expectations we have for a Ford Fry restaurant. Like No. 246 and JCT Kitchen, it’s bright, with modern-rustic decor in an industrial-era Atlanta building, the menu is comforting and inspired in equal measure. And for the kid in all of us, The Optimist features a few holes of putt-putt — just in case you have to wait for your table. Owner-Chef Ford Fry and Executive Chef Adam Evans, who trained under Top Chef judge Tom Colocchio, have created a menu that features hearth roasted fish and meats, and if you think sushi is the only way to eat raw fish, the Oyster Bar at The Optimist offers dishes that will change your mind.