#285 – Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar – Now Open in Sandy Springs City Walk!

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CityWalk has another new restaurant to add to its list of well-loved eateries – adding even more klout to this central Sandy Springs location, which already includes {three} sheets, J. Christopher’s, and Meehan’s Public House, among others. Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar has moved in next to Teela Taqueria (which is owned by the same proprietors). tin-can-fish-house-oyster-bar-227-sandy-springs-place-atlanta-ga-hushpuppies

The owners of the now-defunct Fishmonger (which had Roswell and Buckhead locations) have opened their newest venture – another seafood restaurant, Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar - it does not disappoint. Being a Florida girl – born and raised on the West coast – I was used to fresh seafood almost literally my fingertips, and moving to Atlanta was an eye-opener – how much we Floridians take our seafood for granted! Tin Can brings back memories of eating in fish houses on the Florida coast, complete with Po’ Boys, raw oysters, and the all-important hushpuppies (pictured, in all their crispy fried glory, right). tin-can-fish-house-oyster-bar-227-sandy-springs-place-atlanta-ga-thai-mussels

It’s true – I judge casual seafood restaurant by the hushpuppies. It shouldn’t be difficult – they’re crispy on the outside, a little doughy on the inside, and flavorful. (Unfortunately, most places don’t get it right – bland, soggy, and downright unappetizing are some of the words I’ve used to describe many restaurants’ hushpuppies – it’s like they’re an afterthought!) Tin Can gets their hushpuppies right. They were pretty darn near perfect. And not only that, they deliver them in a basket – a full order, more than you can hope to eat, instead of a measly two or three.

We sampled a number of other menu items when we visited for lunch a couple of days ago.We tried all five of their specialty oyster selections, two in the raw and three cooked. The raw varieties are the Mignonette (with shallots and red wine vinegar) tin-can-fish-house-oyster-bar-227-sandy-springs-place-atlanta-ga-ahi-tuna-ceviche and the Bloody Mary (with vinaigrette, shot of Tabasco, horseradish and vodka). I prefer my raw oysters by themselves, perhaps with a dollop of horseradish, so while these were tasty, they weren’t my preference. The cooked varieties were a little more up my alley: Rockerfella (with cream of spinach, garlic sauce and bread crumbs), Baked (with jalapeño garlic butter and Parmesan cheese – quite a kick!), and my favorite, Southern (with collard greens, bacon and bread crumbs).

We also tried the Thai Mussels (pictured, above middle), served in a hot pot with garlic bread. The Thai Mussels were in a delicious, velvety sauce of cilantro, mint, curry, coconut milk, cream, lemon, ginger and chili paste - the aroma hits you right when you open the pot and they pack a little bit of a spicy kick. My dad, who was my lunch date, spent quite a bit of time in Thailand when he was younger and said the dish really brought him back to the country’s authentic flavors. We also had the Ahi Tuna Ceviche, which was very tasty – fresh and flavorful, combined with avocado, tomatoes, onions and jalapeños (pictured, bottom photo).

For larger appetites, there’s a selection of Po’ Boys – shrimp, oyster, catfish, chicken and Southern B.L.T. – served with fries and slaw. There’s also a Catch of the Day platter, with your choice of preparations, including blackened, fried, horseradish crusted, or naked. A special house Paella blends saffron rice, shrimp, chicken, calamari, mussels, and spicy andouille sausage, and a variety of soups and salads round out the menu.

If you’ve been searching for a casual seafood restaurant that lets you enjoy fresh flavors without breaking the bank, I recommend Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar. Tell them 365Atlanta sent you!

WHERE: Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar – 227 Sandy Springs Place, Suite 502, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Full disclosure: Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar graciously hosted us for dinner and our bill was comped by the house.

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