From the brick-paneled walls and booths lined with dark wooden accents to the seasonal selection of gourmet American cuisine, Blackstone embodies every aspect of the classic steak house. A selection of hearty cuts anchors the menu, whether as solitary 8-ounce cuts of filet mignon, or massive 22-ounce cowboy rib eyes adorned with béarnaise sauce, jumbo lump crabmeat, lobster-shaped earrings, and other edible accessories. Guests can also savor a taste of the seas with plates of Atlantic salmon or pan-fried trout. Blackstone's wine list collects more than 35 pours, including 19 by the glass.
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.
Though most fender-benders result in insurance exchanges or street fights, one between a chef from South Africa and a chef from Atlanta ended in a good laugh and a new business venture. The two chefs? dreams of offering people grilled seafood and introducing Americans to piri-piri pepper sauce collided. Afterwards, the duo crafted a menu of grilled tilapia, mahi-mahi, and flame-broiled chicken smothered in sauce made from a tiny, exotic South African pepper. When choosing the name, they turned back to the fateful accident, when one chef exclaimed ?I am such a Bonehead!? and the other just let him take the fall and ticket.
Executive Chef Scott Barrows waits to post specials at Devon Seafood Grill until he has spotted the best choices from the day's catch, ensuring his dishes are packed with the freshest, most flavorful seafood available. Past plates on Devon's robust menu have included jumbo lump crab cakes, coconut-green-curry mussels, and char-crusted ahi tuna, which can be paired with signature cocktails and fine wines from a collection on display in the dining area. Barrows and his staff welcome diners into this sophisticated two-level restaurant decorated with modern art that is splashed by warm lighting and the wake made by beluga whales arriving for dinner.
Beginning with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, Executive Chef Jason Shelley and his team forge an eclectic menu of surf ‘n’ turf that puts a modern spin on traditional American supper clubs. At Ocean Prime, he manages to refine established dishes by incorporating refined ingredients, including black truffles and lobster. These upscale touches are present throughout the selection of USDA prime steaks, which the chefs dust with housemade seasoning and roast to order inside a 1,200-degree broiler. Even with six cuts of steak to choose from, "seafood is the main draw," according to Gayot. The daily selections of wild and naturally harvested seafood can include everything from ginger-tinged salmon to blackened snapper. To accompany these hearty entrees, handcrafted cocktails are joined by a similarly refined wine list, which earned Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence and features more than 50 selections by the glass. With its black banquettes, simple wooden chairs, and tables draped with white linens, Ocean Prime honors its supper-club roots. However, the dining area is thoroughly modern. Large circular mirrors adorn the earth-toned walls and the stout, cylindrical lamps hang from the ceiling and light the majority of the room. Mobile-like collections of glass orbs dangle above some of the booths, catching the rays of light and casting a glow throughout the room.