I like to keep a pretty open mind when it comes to trying something new and different so when the opportunity presented itself to be a part of helping to narrow down what new oyster will be added to Tin Can Fish House and Oyster Bar’s menu, I thought to myself, “Why not?”. Arte Antoniades and Nik Panagopoulos, best known for their restaurants Fishmonger and Teela Taqueria, Tin Can Fish House and Oyster Bar is located in Sandy Springs right off Hammond Drive in the same plaza as Kroger located adjacent to it’s sister restaurant Teela Taqueria. It is a seafood restaurant with menu staples like raw oysters and fried seafood platters, but also takes it a step further with po’ boys and foccacia bread sandwiches.
I was invited among other press and bloggers to help narrow down 3 new oysters that will become a part of the permanent menu. From those 3, it will then be narrowed down to 1 by customer votes to become Tin Can’s Ultimate Oyster, thus adding it to the menu. I have never been the biggest fan of raw oysters, but I thought it would be interesting to try them to see how creative they could get and to also see if I could be converted to a lover of oysters.
Starting clockwise from the top right:
Jolly Dolly: Fried oyster in the half shell topped with spicy cocktail sauce and a shot of tabasco. This was definitely my favorite of the 3. It was simple and to the point and sometimes that’s all you need for something to be really good.
Zoe: Fresh Oyster topped with diced tomatoes, cucumber and jalapeno in a red wine sauce. The tomatoes and cucumbers gave this oyster that extra bit of freshness but with added flavor. The spice from the jalapeno was also good. You know I love food that has a kick to it.
Lindsay: Baked with Parmesan cheese and topped with crab meat. This was my least favorite. It tasted like it had been under the broiler, which it probably had. I think if it didn’t have that broiler taste it would have been good.
Selma: Baked with Parmesan cheese and chorizo sausage. This one also oddly tasted of the broiler as well and was also not one that I enjoyed.
Gladys: Baked oyster topped with rich and creamy cheese grits and crawfish tails. This oyster was definitely the most creative of them all. The grits were cheesy and creamy and was seasoned very well. I also enjoyed the crawfish on top, as it was simply prepared and was not over cooked.
We also had an opportunity to try some items from the menu so I decided to try the Mussels. I thought it was so cute how they serve it in the pot.
You get a 1/2 lb pot of mussels and can have it prepared one of three ways with grilled bread for $9.
Traditional White– cooked in a white wine, garlic, lemons, olive oil and parsley.
Traditional Red– cooked in tomatoes, garlic, white wine, red chili flakes, basil and lemons.
Thai– cooked in cilantro, mint, curry, coconut milk, cream, lemons, ginger, chili paste.
I got my mussels cooked Traditional White. The mussels were prepared perfectly and was piping hot when it arrived to the table. I love that they give you three pieces of bread as well. The best part about eating mussels is dipping your bread in the sauce after. I hate when I have to ask the restaurant for extra bread. The bread was also seasoned and soft.
I’ve been eating so bad lately, so I knew I didn’t want to have anything fried for an entrée. So I checked out the different fresh fish offerings and I also saw that you had some options as far as how you want your fish prepared. I went with the Grilled Mahi Mahi prepared naked. The Mahi Mahi was grilled perfectly and it had just the right amount of flavor.
Catch of the day $17 includes 2 sides
Fish options: Mahi Mahi, Tilapia, Grouper, Cat Fish, Cod, Skewered Shrimp and Salmon.
Naked- brushed with olive oil, lemon juice and garlic
Blackened- house prepared spicy spices
Sweet Chili Sauce- brushed
Fried- either house seasoning or spicy Japanese bread crumbs
For dessert, I got the Tres Leches. I don’t know what’s going on but I’ve been on a Tres Leches kick lately. This one, was definitely on the drier side. It wasn’t what I was use to in a Tres Leches because of the texture, but the flavors were great nonetheless.
Check out the rest of the menu here.
As you walk into the restaurant, the decor is definitely that of a seaside seafood restaurant. It’s also very casual and is great for friends and family to gather. I also found the sign in the entry way to be quite amusing lol.
City Walk Sandy Springs
227 Sandy Springs Place
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Hours of Operation
Mon – Thurs: 5pm – 10pm
Fri: 5pm – 11pm
Sat: 11am – 11om
Sun: 11am – 10pm
Now for the giveaway details!
Visit Tin Can’s website, look over the menu and tell me in the comments below what you would try if you won the $25 gift card. That’s it!
*Winner must be 18 years or older and live in Atlanta, GA.
*All entries must be received by Midnight on November 13th. Winner will be announced November 14th.
*The winner will be contacted via the email provided when leaving a comment.
*Gift card was provided by the uber fab folks over at Tin Can Fish House and Oyster Bar
Until next time…Happy Eating!! xoxo -Milla
*Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this review. Dinner was provided by Tin Can Fish House and Oyster Bar. In no way did this influence my opinions and views, which are 100% honest and derived from my own personal experience.