From Creative Loafing
by Jennifer Zyman
Get 'em while they're cold
There's nothing like a good oyster. It is the perfect mix of mystery, sensuality, and humbleness, and shows the rewards of human curiosity.
It's easy to imagine one of our ancestors spying a gull drop an oyster, watching it crack open to reveal its slippery form, and thinking, "I'm going to eat that. That looks good."
As common as oyster bars are in the Northeast and Northwest, just five years ago, Atlanta's options for a chilly and slippery bite of the sea were sparse. There were a few reliable spots, including Fontaine's Oyster House (1026 1/2 N. Highland Ave., 404-872-0869) and C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar (3240 Cobb Parkway, 770-272-0999), but options were limited. Since then, Atlanta's oyster lovers have seen an explosion in restaurants serving a variety of well-sourced bivalves.
Atlanta's biggest oyster champion is Kimball House (303 E. Howard Ave., Decatur, 404-378-3502). I was shocked at the breadth of the oyster menu when I first saw it. It is 20 deep with selections from everywhere imaginable. The menu offers tidy tasting notes next to each item so you can decide if you are in the mood for a briny, bready, or vegetal bite.
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