Best new restaurant of the year?

That’s what Esquire Magazine has to say about Atlanta’s The Optimist.  Opened in early summer by the same people of JCT Kitchen it has a similar vibe and feel.  JCT is by far one of my favorite restaurants around, so I couldn’t wait to try out The Optimist and I was not disappointed.

I don’t know if I would call it the best new restaurant of the year, but it would definitely be on my list.  The atmosphere is low-key but energizing.  There is almost always a wait for your table, and on nice nights you can spend the time playing mini golf or relaxing with a specialty cocktail on lounge chairs under strands of lights.  Or you could use the time to have a cocktail and some oysters in the Oyster Bar. Read More