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Atlanta Fish Market

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/11/20

In the heart of Buckhead, one place that has withstood the test of time is the classic seafood spot, Atlanta Fish Market. Greeted by a gigantic fish and a gaudy neon sign, they serve up seafood that’s so fresh that it’s flown in every day! Of the menu, this go-to spot has it all from captivating carpaccio, sassy sushi, killer cocktails, delicate sea bass and salmon, to even scrumptious dessert. It’s apparent Atlanta Fish Market corners the market on fresh fish. Drop an anchor and join us for a see-food extravaganza.

What’s a good meal without the cocktails that go with it? We sampled three that included The Bramble, Beachside, and Sidecar. Pinkish purple in hue, the Bramble is boozy, and sweet with the blackberry puree, make sure to mix it up because it balances between the two and you get a dynamic drink. The Beachside is an easy, breezy cocktail that reminds you of the “islands.” With hints of coconut rum and the slight tart of the grapefruit, you’ll go from sweet to tart throughout the entire sip. The one that ended up being our favorite was the Sidecar. It was mellow and balanced with the sweeter cognac and the booziness of the Gran Marnier. What we loved was that it was so clean with just a hint of lemon on the back. Which one would you want to try?

To get us started on food, they brought out the Yellowtail Carpaccio. The fish itself is marinated in olive oil and was so tender that it literally would melt-in-your mouth. Plus, it was perfectly seasoned then topped with shallots and onion that mixed together into a meaty and tart bite. Our pro tip is to add the fresh lemon squeeze for a little bit of brightness. All together we’d recommend skipping the bread and just eat it plain. It’s everything you’d imagine and more.

The addition of sushi at Atlanta Fish Market is a welcome sight because with the fresh fish would come the best sushi, right? Both rolls we tasted were simply dynamite! The first one was the Tiger Roll. Imagine the tender tuna, crunch of tempura, the creaminess of cream cheese, and a sweet and spicy of the sauce all rolled up in seaweed for everything sushi should taste like! Plus, we loved the addition of the asparagus because it brought a little extra crunch and earthiness, so it ended up being creamy, crunchy, earthy, and just plain GOOD. A must try. The second roll that knocked our socks off was the Volcano Roll. This spicy number was super colorful in both sight and taste! Starting with the crunchy cucumber intertwined with the mellow and spicy tuna and the creamy avocado, then the spicy comes in to punch your mouth. We mean that in a good way, too. The best bite is to choose the pieces with the avocado and fish together on the outside because you get more of the creamy flavor and it mellows some of the spice. This one has all the flavors and another must try.

Don’t get us started on how much we adored the Hong King Combo Chilean Sea Bass and Faroe Island Salmon Entree. This wonderful dish is a simple, fresh, and tender sea bass and salmon duo atop a moat of a fantastic sweet soy sauce and wilted spinach greens. We cannot express how perfectly fresh the fish turned out to be or how it literally fell apart in your mouth. Surrounded by sweet and rich soy forward sauce that’s perfectly balanced, not too salty, complimented the tenderness of the fish and the earthiness of the greens. Then, insert rice to soak up all the deliciousness of all the ingredients! Still dreaming of this plate.

The literal icing on the cake was the Mousse Cake. The light and airy chocolaty mousse combines well with the decadent and rich chocolate cake layers. We swear they must have some type of alcohol cooked into the layers it’s so rich and deep! Stop, do not remove the sugar crisp on the top, instead crunch it up and mix it in the cake and mousse because it elevates the cake with some crunch and bite. Every bite was calorie free, we’re sure! Worth it.

What we loved so much about Atlanta Fish Market is they have a little something for everyone; sushi for the sushi lover, entrees with the freshest fish, lobster and oysters for the shellfish lovers. What sounds the best to you?

GEORGIA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/31/19

 

Inaugural Georgia Seafood Festival Announces Celebrity Chef and Judge Lineup

Held at The Battery Atlanta, the Georgia Seafood Festival will feature cuisine from Georgia’s Coastal seafood scene, live entertainment and educational exhibitions

 

VIP tickets available here

The Fresh District announced today the celebrity chef and judge lineup for the inaugural Georgia Seafood Festival. The Georgia Seafood Festival will take over The Battery Atlanta, 800 Battery Ave SE, on November 9, 2019 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and aims to celebrate Georgia’s booming commercial seafood industry. Festival attendees will enjoy cooking demonstrations, drink eclectic seafaring cocktails, and immerse themselves in interactive educational experiences from the Georgia Aquarium, UGA Marine Extension, and Georgia Grown. A variety of fresh, sustainability sourced seafood, with a focus on Wild Georgia Shrimp, will be available for sampling, along with some of Georgia’s most well-known vendors.

Culinary stars from across Georgia will display live cooking demonstrations for attendees including:

  • Chef Pano Karatassos, executive Chef of Atlanta’s acclaimed Kyma restaurant and Corporate Executive Chef of Buckhead Life Restaurant Group;
  • Chef Fred Flu, owner of The Fluniversity and featured on Food Network’s Cooks vs. Cons;
  • Chef Guy Mitchell, former guest Chef for the White House Chef, former Executive Chef for the Philadelphia Eagles, and creator of The White House Chef Tour;
  • And Chef Chantel Mines, Executive Chef at The Lost Druid Brewery and 2nd place winner of the Mason Dixon Master Chef Competition.

Additionally, the following Chefs will compete for a coveted slot in the 2020 World Food Championships in Dallas, Texas:

  • Chef Lisa Washington, Good Day Atlanta contributor and Healthy Living Contributor for 104.7 The Fish;
  • Chef Scottie Johnson; personal Chef and owner of Blessed and Highly Favored Cuisine;
  • Chef Marshall Rodgers; Corporate Executive Chef for Goldbergs Corporation and former Executive Chef for Sweet Auburn BBQ;
  • And Chef Joseph Martin, owner of ANGELFIRE7 BBQ and winner of several grilling and smoking awards.

Celebrities and personalities including Brian Jordan, former outfielder for the Atlanta Braves and former safety for the Atlanta Falcons, Mike Cloud, President and CEO of the World Food Championships, Brady Lowe, creator of PeachFest and founder of Taste Network, Cochon555, and Piggy Bank, Linda Carmichael, Founding CEO of FoodTheFire, President Emerita of the Atlanta Food & Lifestyle Bloggers’ Society, and Editor-in-Chief of Do.Food.Better, Delano Massey, CEO and Founder of Jacob’s Eye Marketing Agency, Chef Pano Karatassos and Chef Guy Mitchell will serve as judges send one lucky Atlanta Chef to the 2020 World Food Championships.

Chef Jernard Wells, host of New Soul Kitchen on CLEO-TV, will host the Compete Wells
Cooking Competition – the first qualifying event for the 2020 World Cooking Championships. The winner of the competition will receive a coveted ‘Golden Ticket’, guaranteeing them a spot to compete in next year’s Championships and a chance to win the grand prize of $100,000. Chefs will compete head-to-head in a timed cooking challenge featuring Georgia seafood and local ingredients. Each chef will prepare a judge’s plate scored on execution, appearance and taste and be given one secret ingredient that must be featured in their dish.

“The Fresh District is excited to announce the participation of some of Atlanta’s most talented chefs and celebrity judges for the inaugural Georgia Seafood Festival,” said Delano Massey, festival founder and CEO of the Fresh District. “This festival will give attendees a unique culinary experience that will transport them to Georgia’s coast as they sample some of the freshest seafood our state has to offer.”

The Georgia Seafood Festival is brought to you by the Fresh District and The Battery Atlanta. The Fresh District is a fresh-food movement which promotes fresh, local and sustainable food systems in urban environments and raises up generations of smart, innovative participants in the industry.

General admission to the festival is sold out, however, attendees can purchase tickets that offer a variety of sampling options. For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit gaseafoodfest.com.