Warning: The following may be unsuitable for children under 13 and people that don’t eat food due to “texture”
The worst thing about Atlanta isn’t the traffic, it’s the fact that we are landlocked. Even worse than that, there is a shortage of casual and affordable seafood. The Steamhouse in Midtown does the best job of filling that void. Others have come and gone, but the Steamhouse has survived the demise of Buckhead (thank you Ray Lewis) and rose from the ashes to an even better “lived in” venue in Midtown.
The cold Papa John’s “Famous” Crab Dip is a must. And the “We Shuck’em, You Suck’em” Oysters are of course Oysters, but here they are at the very least, consistent in a city where you can’t get oysters.
My staples are the Lobster Roll and the Blackened Grouper Sandwich with Tater Tots. And then the magic secret is Old Bay on the Tater Tots. Why don’t more places do this?
And on Monday’s they have 1 lb of Crab Legs for $12. I almost feel guilty putting this in writing because I don’t want the secret to get out!
It does make you miss the time when we would head to the Steamhouse after work, have some drinks with friends and Kitty the Bartender (who still tends bar in Midtown) and then head to Rose n’ Crown for a few pints and then hit Tin Roof for a little Francisco Vidal.
Then a little East Village Grille for a late night meal. Oh a little memory lane.
So if you want some good seafood and a great venue with some of the best deck seating in Atlanta go to the Steamhouse. They also throw the Oysterfest in February, which is truly one of the most underrated Atlanta events.
The Chargrilled Oysters won’t remind you of Drago’s in New Orleans, nor are the Crab Legs like Phillips Seafood in Ocean City, MD, but being 4-6 hours from a good beach, this will do.