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Atlanta — By Linda Erbele on February 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm
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Enjoy your oysters on the deck in Virginia-Highland

A gorgeous day like today calls for an outdoor dining experience. After all the  cold and wet, it was 60 degrees and sunny – and everyone was outside.  Fontaine’s Oyster House was our choice for lunch — because we didn’t have time to enjoy the Oyster Fest at the Steamhouse Lounge (owned by the same company) but our appetite was whetted for seafood. Other restaurants in the group are Highland Tap which is next door to Fontaine’s and Vickery’s Bar and Grill on Crescent Avenue.  I’ve eaten at all and can recommend every one.

They have indoor seating, sturdy dark and sexy booths and a bar, although today, everyone wanted to be outside.  It’s located in the heart of Virginia-Highland, (see map) an old and very trendy neighborhood, with whimsical shopping and plenty of good dining choices. Parking is at a premium — you may have to walk for several blocks.  On a day like today, you can admire the renovated old craftsmen homes, catch the neighborhood folk enjoying their porches and even hear the birds singing along the way.

The restaurant has Gulf oysters, as well as other varieties, along with a good selection of seafood, including shrimp, mussels, clams, mahi mahi, and yellowfin tuna.  You can get Louisiana flavor including jambalaya and creole dishes.  They have chicken and burgers for the landlubbers in the group.  We had a terrific seafood stew and their tomato based lobster bisque is good too.

The service is excellent – courteous and timely.  Fontaine’s is one of those restaurants that’s great for showing off to out-of-town visitors, a cozy romantic dinner, or just catching up on girl-talk with your friends.

(Photos: personal collection.)

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