Oceania Seafood's menu is populated with fish, clams, and shrimp wrestled freshly from the ocean's salty grasp. Seafaring goodies emerge from the flapping kitchen doors, such as the bursting crawfish steam pot packed with 2 pounds of crawfish and a half-dozen helpings of clams, shrimp, and mussels, all supported by a bed of sausage, potatoes, and corn ($19.99). Kitchen fishermen boil 1-pound servings of spicy crawfish ($4.75) and lure fried oysters ($4.50/dozen) to tables with the false promise of replacing their precious pearls. Fried or blackened tilapia alights on the buns of half ($4.99) or whole po boys ($7.99), and patrons capture shrimp, scallops, and mussels with pasta nets in the seafood pasta ($12.99).
The snap of cracking shells echoes through the numerous dining rooms of Fisherman’s Bucket. Servers weave through cobblestone archways, bearing fried, steamed, or seasoned shellfish by the platter and bucket, along with po’ boys spilling forth oysters, gator, and catfish. Soft lights illuminate a faux shark head above the booths, tables, and barstools inside, and an outdoor patio stretches out beneath the sun, stars, and skywriters passive-aggressively correcting each others’ work.
At first glance, Harbour Bar and Fish House exudes the vibe of a private seaside residence, from the wraparound porch to the brick fireplace inside. But the venue shows its true colors as a bustling seafood restaurant when the outdoor bar opens and the kitchen fills with chefs preparing fresh fish, such as grilled Scottish salmon and red grouper, all caught without nets. Sea-blue walls and an airy dining space further evoke the ocean, urging patrons to fashion makeshift peg legs from the natural wood flooring. Diners can engage in friendly competition on the bocce-ball courts and enjoy performances from live musicians Thursday through Sunday.
With six children of his own, Lawrence Shamsid-Deen already had a big family, but it got even bigger when he opened Supreme Fish Delight. That's because he views his customers as kin. Thousands of them have returned to the restaurant time and time again to take advantage of Lawrence's kitchen bunk beds and fried fish sandwiches, made with a choice of whiting, catfish, tilapia, croaker, or trout. He enhances the flavor of each filet by topping it with a scoop of tangy cole slaw, whose juices can be soaked up with the fries and hush puppies that come with every fish dinner.
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.