Sunday, February 19, 2012

Happy Birthday to my Hubby (at the Atlanta Fish Market)

Well, this has been one heck of a week in my family when it comes to special days!  Not only was Tuesday Valentine's Day, but Thursday was my hubby's birthday, Friday was my Mom's birthday and Saturday was my brother's birthday!  Whew!!!  We decided to wait until the weekend to celebrate my hubby's birthday, so today I took him out for his "birthday dinner" to one of our favorite seafood restaurants, Atlanta Fish Market.  In my opinion, it is pretty hard to find decent seafood here in the Atlanta area.  I spent a good part of my life living near the Maryland Eastern Shore, and grew up spending most of my summers at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and Ocean City, Maryland (whose claim to fame is their "Maryland Blue Crabs", as well as other delicious fresh caught fish and seafood).  Because of this, I realize that I probably have higher standards and expectations of what I consider to be "good seafood".  When the Chesapeake Bay is basically at your back door...well, it makes eating seafood elsewhere harder to measure up to!  I snapped a few pics of our delicious meals below.  Notice the landmark "three-story copper fish sculpture" that sits right at the front entrance of the restaurant.

Atlanta Fish Market (obviously, it's a cloudy day here today)
Below, is some history I copied about this restaurant:
The main brick building of the Atlanta Fish Market – notably marked by a three-story copper fish sculpture in front – is based architecturally on a 1920's Savannah train station, where owner Pano Karatassos was born and raised. It looks worn, torn, exciting and fun. The antique wooden revolving door, interior art deco lighting fixtures, wide plank hardwood floors, and high ceilings with open space enhance the feel of the era.  Unique 1950's lighting fixtures, "funky wallpaper" with mermaids and tropical fish, sheet rubber floors, huge wall face clock, and a traditional porch with rocking chairs create a distinct New England mid-century charm. Warmth, relaxation, and nostalgia are built into the building with antique white, cream and brown tones, plus pine, mahogany and cedar woods throughout. A hand-cut and laid mosaic in a fish scale pattern greets customer at their feet.
From the gracious service to the Southeast’s widest selection of fresh seafood, Atlanta Fish Market’s comfortable, neighborhood atmosphere is a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of Buckhead. With more than 100 fresh varieties from the deep flown in fresh and a menu printed twice daily, Atlanta Fish Market has something for everyone. The thirty-foot copper fish sculpture in front and the train station-styled building welcomes guests with its wide veranda and rocking chairs. With five television sets, the adjoining Geechee Crab lounge is a comfortable place to watch a game, catch up on the latest news or simply relax with a cocktail before dinner. Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the Atlanta Fish Market.
 Below are a few pics of our meal:

Crispy Sweet & Spicy Thai Chili Calamari (hubby's appetizer)
Lump Crab Cake (my appetizer)
"His" Yellow Fin Tuna (medium rare) with whipped sweet potatoes and green beans (and a little blob of my mashed potatoes on his beans...heeheehee)
"My" Altantic Salmon (broiled) with whipped potatoes and green beans

It was a delicious dinner and a nice afternoon out...
Happy Birthday Hubby!!!

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