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2012's Best Dining in Atlanta

Posted: Jan. 2nd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
The Optimist in Atlanta
Becky Stein

Atlanta is no stranger to great restaurants and fine cuisine, so this year's look back at all the best happenings in the city's food scene should be inspirational for anyone looking to head out this weekend and grab a bite.

What an interesting year this has been for Atlanta dining. A few major openings. Lot of chefs moving around. Some memorable national news. Time to say goodbye to a few spots.

Let’s take a moderately opinionated look at 2012:

Most notable openings

1. The Optimist: Ford Fry and chef Adam Evans got the tone exactly right for their Westside seafood restaurant. They call it a “fish camp” — which, of course, it isn’t. It’s an expensive urban dining destination, but it still manages to evoke the spirit of lusty fun at a shoreline spot. Peel-and-eat shrimp as fat and velvet-smooth as shrimp cocktail make for a fine start, as do clam rolls with kimchi vinegar and the terrific chowders and gumbos, all served with wonderful sides.

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