I'm always looking for restaurant or bar specials around the city. It gives me a good excuse to go out and try new places, since I can be pretty set on staying home and inviting friends over for a meal or drinks. Last Friday, we headed to Fontaines, a local restaurant/bar just a few blocks from my house in the Virginia Highland neighborhood of Atlanta.
I started my meal of with the Orange Blossom Special [$8], which consists of: Hangar One Mandarin Blossom Vodka, Fruitlab Hibiscus liqueur, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Apparently this drink was invented while the bartenders were listening to Johnny Cash. Not sure the connection between Johnny Cash and this drink, but it was tasty nonetheless. There was a slight floral taste, but it was definitely an orange based drink, which I really liked.
Our oysters came first, and we were all pretty disappointed after having a few. Most of the oysters had bits of shell mixed in, which doesn't provide the best mouthfeel when slurping down an oyster. The taste was fine, but that grittiness left something to be desired.
Our shrimp, on the other hand were perfectly cooked and easy to peel. You might think otherwise from looking at this photo of my friend, Katy, but they really were good!
The best part of our meal was absolutely the crab legs, which were perfect with just a bit of clarified butter and lemon juice. My crab leg cracking abilities have vastly improved over the years, which made them extra enjoyable. I think I inherited this ability both from my crab obsessed mom and from growing up around seafood in New York.
For three people, our entire meal and drinks with tip was under $50, which was a pretty great deal. Oyster shucking issues aside, I don't know that I could get seafood of that quality for that price anywhere in Atlanta [but if you do know of some places, please share!].