- Adam Kincaid
Some people love 'em, others hate 'em. They are a delicacy to some, and the seafood last on the list for others.
No matter your stance, one thing is true: they've been considered a natural aphrodisiac for centuries, and it therefore remains in the best interest of mankind that when our dates suggest the tiny sea monsters, we go.
And we eat the oysters. Because we care.
But sea food can get pricey in a hurry, too. Especially so far from the coast. But the meal doesn't have to be expensive. Many of Atlanta's best restaurants offer their oysters on special during afternoons and happy hours. Sure you'll be diving into those tasty mollusks a little earlier than anticipated. But, won't you also be happy a little earlier than anticipated, too? Exactly.
856 W. Peachtree St. NW
The stylish digs and classy cocktails make Grain the perfect place to snag $1 oysters, which they offer Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Hate oysters but along for the ride with oyster-shucking friend? Try the house made charcuterie instead.
1026 1/2 North Highland Avenue NE
It it Tuesday? Are you in Virginia-Highland? Stop what you are doing and go directly to Fontaine's, where you can get oysters on the half shell to the tune of $5 bucks a dozen. Which is, by my math, very cheap. The Virginia-Highland institution will also gladly sell you an oyster shot, which as you might surmise, entails a shot of vodka topped with hot sauce and an oyster; a concoction that oyster lovers will love, and drunk friends will regret immediately.
303 E. Howard Ave., Decatur
For the true oyster aficionado, Kimball House in Decatur offers the widest selection of oysters in Atlanta, a variety of shuckable little nibbles from around the country, which they sell half-off at Raw Bar Happy Hour, 5 - 7 p.m. on weekdays.
1029 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta
At Inman Park's One Eared Stag, they get it. Which is why their rotating selection of oysters are not the only $1 deal at happy hour (Monday through Friday from 5 - 7 p.m.); so too are the champagne of beers, Miller High Life. Because they care. And because you deserve it.
914 Howell Mill Road
Ford Fry's seafood restaurant on the Westside opens its oyster bar earlier than the rest of the dining room, so that friends of the oyster can come to visit their delicious little friends and feast. It's a notable oyster deal not just for it being Fry's, nor because of the house-made saltines that come alongside the oysters, but for its schedule: The Optimist offers certain oysters (there are other, fancier oysters, too) for $1 from 5 - 6 p.m. on weekdays (like many others) and from 3 - 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (rare, and exceptional).
2770 Lenox Road NE
If you're looking to double down on the...ahem...romantic side of the oyster game, Ian Mendelsohn would suggest pairing the delicacy with wine. Lots and lots of wine. At his Pine Hills wine bar and small eats establishment Vine & Tap, the oysters are on sale from 5 - 7 p.m. every day, exempting Monday when they are closed.
3400 Around Lenox Rd. NE
If you visit Buckhead's Seven Lamps restaurant during the week from 5 - 7 p.m., you will find the oysters priced at $1, and you will also find chef Drew Van Leuvan's aged hot sauce waiting to top those dollar oysters. You'll like Seven Lamps; Van Leuvan's modern-rustic restaurant has been gaining praise for its craft cocktails, handmade pastas, artisan cheeses and one of the best (off-menu 50-50) burgers around.
2345 Mansell Road, Alpharetta
Want oysters, but you are OTP? Don't despair. Just ask yourself, what would Bobby Brown do? He would, no doubt, go to Alpharetta's Atlantic Seafood Company. High-end sea fare flown in daily is the deal at Atlantic, and they have an oyster deal for all the shuckers north of the city to enjoy. The daily market oyster list includes choices from the west coast, Blue Pointe and Martha's Vineyard, among others.