Restaurant Review: Savory Seafood at Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar

Restaurant: Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar

Location: 230 Hammond Dr NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Overall Rating: 8.5

Price Range: $$ ($11 – $30)

Website: http://tincanfishhouse.com/

Click HERE to view the Menu


William and I have a standing tradition of having a dining out date night at least once a week. Most weeks that date night is our “Taco Tuesday” which takes place on any night of the week but always at a Mexican restaurant. Every once in a while we switch up our dining out date night and try a new restaurant. Recently we decided to try something new and ended up at Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar.

Photo via Urban Spoon

Tin Can Fish House & Oyster bar is located in Sandy Springs, Georgia just outside of the 285 Perimeter (Roswell Road area). We visited on a Thursday night and arrived around 6:00 PM. Upon arrival (to a relatively empty restaurant) we were enthusiastically greeted and quickly seated. Our server arrived just after were were seated and immediately took our beverage order.

After our drinks arrived we ordered raw oysters that arrived within 5 minutes of the order being placed. While we were eating our oysters we put in our entree orders and they arrived just after we finished the appetizer.

It was amazing how quickly the restaurant began to fill up with guests. We noticed that almost everyone who was eating at the restaurant ordered the raw oysters as well. By time we left, the restaurant was very full and it was nice to see the range in demographics of the people eating there.

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The Oysters

My husband and I have been craving oysters on the half shell so we were excited to see them on the menu here. They were delicious, and nicely shucked. They were served with a house cocktail sauce and saltine crackers. A dozen cost $15.00. There are other seasoned options for oysters on the menu if raw isn’t your thing. The oyster sizes were not consistent. It would have been nice if a few of them were a little bigger… but all together, they were just what we were craving.

The Entrees

Fried Oyster Basket: The oysters were fried to perfection and seasoned just right. They were not oily and the batter is so different than anything I’ve had before. Just thinking about these oysters is making me hungry. The basket came with two sides and cost $11.00.

Fried Crawfish Tail Po’ Boy: One word… Amazing. I’ve had crawfish tail po’ boys before but they have never tasted like this one. The crawfish was cooked perfectly (there’s nothing worse than over fried crawfish tails). The bread for the sandwich was fresh and soft. There was a great sauce on the sandwich that was a spicy but not overly spicy. The po’ boy came with two sides and costs $11.00.

The Sides

Jalapeño Slaw: I’m not a slaw person, but this slaw was rather tasty. The jalapeños were not overpowering but gave the side a nice flavor.

Hush Puppies: I love hush puppies and these did not disappoint. 6 were served with the entree.

Fried Okra: If you’re a southerner you know all about fried okra. The okra was great. It cooked perfectly — nice and crunchy!

Cheese Grits: Nothing special but tasted good.

The Sauces

House Tartar Sauce: I’ll be honest with you. I don’t like tartar sauce. The standard mayonnaise and pickle combination usually isn’t my thing. Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar has changed my mind on tartar sauce. Their house made sauce was great and I would encourage anyone (even the non tartar sauce people) to give it a try.

House Cocktail Sauce: The house cocktail sauce was served with our oysters. It was good. Nothing particularly special about it.

RATINGS

ATMOSPHERE: 7.5  – The atmosphere for the restaurant was inviting. There were quite a few TVs (playing sports) and the music was was inviting and at a good sound level for holding a conversation.  Because the restaurant is located in a strip mall so the view is of a large parking lot. It’s not super “hip” but it is inviting.atmosphere

Taste: 9 – The food was really delicious and the portions were perfect. Our food was served quickly and at the right temperature. service

Service: 9 – Great service. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu, offered suggestions when needed, and had a great personality. service

Overall: 8.5. We really enjoyed the restaurant and are excited to have found another affordable and tasty restaurant in the metro Atlanta area. We can’t wait to go back and try some other items on the menu.taste

Restaurant Review: Let’s grab a burger at Grub.

Restaurant: Grub Burger Bar

Location: 2955 Cobb Parkway SE, Suite 820, Atlanta, GA 30339

Overall Rating: 8.5

Price Range: $$ ($11 – $30)

Website: http://www.grubburgerbar.com/index.html


Most people believe that there isn’t anything more American than apple pie but I believe there isn’t anything more American than a big juicy hamburger. Although the burger originates in Hamburg, Germany It was adapted by Americans and is hands down one of my favorite foods to eat, and cook! I could eat a hamburger every weekend and never get tired of them.

Previously I shared my copycat recipe of Cypress Street Pint and Plate’s Sublime burger and today I will share a review on a burger joint I visited this weekend.

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Grub Burger Bar is new to metro Atlanta and after hearing great things about the restaurant we decided to stop by! We dropped in on a Sunday afternoon with the after church crowd. I was a little overwhelmed with the line when we walked in and once I looked around I wasn’t sure we would be able to find a seat for our party of 5 (four adults and a baby). The menu had a great selection of burgers, milkshakes, snacks, sides, and beverages. Hamburger buns are made in-house every hour and the beef is ground on location every morning. The milkshakes are hand-spun (there are spiked options as well) and really give you the feeling that you’re downing an old fashioned favorite.drinkmenu

After waiting in line for no more than five minutes we were greeted by an enthusiastic counter server who was knowledgable about the menu and made sure we were aware of the standard doneness of their burgers (medium-well). He assured us that we would be able to find a table and made us feel welcome in the restaurant.

About 10 minutes after ordering our burgers were brought to us by a friendly server. She made sure we had everything we needed. The server offered William dipping sauce selections for his fries and gave him a little guidance since he usually asks for honey mustard.

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THE BURGERS

The Lockhart Legend: The Lockhart Legend is a burger that’s great for someone with a little bit of a sweet tooth. The Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce was amazing — Not to tangy and paired perfectly with the fresh pickles on the burger. The burger is also topped with bacon, cheddar cheese and two onion rings.

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Your My Boy Blue: Your My Boy Blue is a savory burger with the perfect amount of crumbled bleu cheese. My sister ordered this burger and loved that the caramelized onions and balsamic vinaigrette added a hint of sweetness but were offset perfectly by the slightly spicy arugula.

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The Ghost: My brother-in-law ordered the Ghost burger and he admitted that it wasn’t as spicy as he’d expected (although he does have a tendency to eat raw Habanero peppers with the seeds still in tact). Although it wasn’t as spicy as he had hoped, it still was a delicious well spiced burger topped with pepper jack cheese, grilled jalapeños, ghost chili sauce, lettuce and tomatoes.

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The OMG: My husband ordered the messiest burger at our table — The OMG Burger. This burger is definitely not a burger for someone with a small stomach. Overflowing with Texas Chili, this burger is also topped with cheddar cheese, mustard, chopped onions and a handful of french fries.

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THE SIDES

Sweet Potato Fries: Slightly sweet and perfectly salty, these were some of the best sweet potato fries I’ve had in a while. I would say the only thing that could have been better if they were a little crispier. 

Skinny Fries: The skinny fries are cut to a shoestring size and seasoned perfectly.

Onion Rings: The onion rings are hand battered and fried. They are delicious and crunchy. They needed a little salt, but nothing I couldn’t add myself.

THE BEVERAGES

Salted Caramel Milkshake: One word… Perfect. For a hand-spun milkshake this is probably as good as it gets. It was frothy, creamy and had the perfect amount of caramel and salt. milkshake

Hibiscus Raspberry Tea: Great tea but would have tasted better if it “sugar-sweetened” tea. It’s a great option for those looking for a naturally sweetened beverage

RATINGS

ATMOSPHERE: 7.5 – The atmosphere for the restaurant was nice. It’s modern and inviting. The downside is that it doesn’t have very many TVs for a restaurant categorized as a bar. On a busy day I could see it becoming a difficult to find a table as well. atmosphere

Taste: 8.5 – The food was delicious. We were told the burgers would be cooked medium well (slightly pink interior) but all of our burgers seemed to be cooked to well done. My sister asked for hers to be cooked medium but it was still slightly over cooked.overall

Service: 9 – Great service. All of the staff was knowledgable about the menu and helped us however we needed. We had a baby with us and they quickly found us a “highchair” to make our seating area a little less crowded. service

Overall: 8.5. The restaurant was great and we can’t wait to go back. I hope to try some of the appetizers and salads next time. The hamburger buns were delicious and I like knowing that they are made fresh every hour.  taste