New York–Style Pizza | Specialty Slices | Featured on Man v. Food | Vegetarian Alternatives
When to Go: For dinner and a show, stop by at 3:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. on Monday–Thursday, when Big Pie typically schedules its Carnivore Challenge. During this 60-minute feat, one hungry duo attempts to eat an 11-pound, meat-laden pizza in exchange for a $250 cash prize. The challenge is as daunting as it sounds—not even the team from the Travel Channel series Man v. Food could conquer it.
Inside Tip: Make sure you show up with an especially hearty appetite. Even single slices are massive here, since they're cut from one of the pizzeria's 30-inch pies.
At Fishook Grille, chefs specialize in grilled fish with house-blended spices, creating dishes inspired by South African cuisine, which blends spices from the East and cooking techniques from the West. Signature sauces such as South Africa's famous piri piri sauce, which is slightly tangy with a bit of heat, add a kick to fish tacos and sandwiches. It also makes the house's chicken wings zesty, providing patrons with a tasty test of their willpower, not unlike entering a pie-eating contest where the object is to eat zero pies.
If the name, the cerulean walls, and the decorative oars and life preservers don't make Pier 213 Seafood's focus clear enough, then its menu removes all doubt. Siblings and seafood connoisseurs Kammie and Kevin Sakprasit founded the restaurant as a way to share their passion for the southern cooking of coastal Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. As a result, crab, shrimp, oysters, fish, and crawfish travel from the Gulf Coast to tables, providing diners with casual feasts of southern seafood.
Small bites of fried pickles, hush puppies, and dirty rice round out meals. However, Gulf-caught seafood is Pier 213's main attraction.
Fresh fare can be found at Goldfish, where visitors seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu. Dieters beware — Goldfish does not offer low-fat cuisine. Be sure to complete your meal at Goldfish with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. Families will feel right at home at Goldfish with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere. Round up the whole gang and reserve the private room at Goldfish — it's the perfect spot for a big party to gather and celebrate. On warmer days, take advantage of Goldfish's outdoor seating.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Goldfish offers catering. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Goldfish's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
The restaurant offers convenient parking in the connecting lot, and (optional) valet is also provided.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30. Goldfish accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
For Alison, cooking up delicious, welcoming meals is second nature. In her 35 years in the restaurant business, she's gathered traditional and modern culinary influences into a menu of New Southern comfort cuisine that features good old-fashioned meatloaf and mashed potatoes, buttermilk fried chicken, liver and onions, and her popular crab cakes. There's an abundance of seafood dishes—Alison prepares fish tacos, cedar plank salmon, and lobster mac 'n' cheese, to name a few. She even offers a pecan-crusted fillet of North Georgia mountain trout, served with a creamy mango sauce. The restaurant's meatier offerings include beef fillets and oven roasted pork tenderloin with a peach bourbon chutney. Bourbon tastings at the full-service bar are popular among Alison’s Restaurant and Bourbon Bar's regulars. On warm days, she opens the fenced-in patio to let customers enjoy the sunshine.
Fresh fare can be found at Ray's on the River, where visitors seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu. Ray's on the River is also a great pick for restricted eaters, with plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu. Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — Ray's on the River has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal. Bring your whole brood to Ray's on the River, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together. At Ray's on the River, easily plan a night out with family, friends, coworkers and more — large parties are always welcome, and a private room is available for use. Dine under the sun (or stars) at Ray's on the River with their charming outdoor seating. Wifi is on the house at Ray's on the River, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
For convenience, patrons can park in the lot next door, and valet is also an option.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out. All major credit cards are accepted. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.