Monday, July 07, 2008

Daily highlight #45: Super design - Restaurant: Depot

I loved the feel of Depot the first time I set foot in it months ago. Today, Cliff of creative loafing confirmed that other people, especially those who really know what they are looking at, love it too. It appears that the space had won the Best Adaptive Use Award by Atlanta's Urban Design Commission. Bravo! We need more people to restore the handsome old places around town to make them cool and useful again.

We went a few weeks ago on a Monday night, when oysters were half off. J ordered them immediately. He loves the stuff. I said nothing, but was definitely worried about getting seafood, especially raw seafood on a Monday night. The oysters came looking quite plump and smelled surprisingly fresh. At last, they weren't as sweet and briny as the best, but they certainly were worth the price at well under ten dollars a dozen if one is in the mood.

The special of fried catfish was HUGE! The two large fillets were crunchy on the outside and flaky on the inside along side a big mound of mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach with garlic. A very well balanced, if super sized, meal.

The draught beer selection, while not enormous, was quite satisfactory. This is one place my beer-loving, flip-flop wearing J actually remembers by name and asks to go back to occasionally. But he is as far from a foodie as you could get. :)

The Depot
904 Memorial Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30312

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