Tin Can Fish House and Oyster Bar

Written by Julie Hostetter

You may just have to pinch yourself, or let the crab dish
do it for you, because you’ll swear you just stepped into your favorite beachside hangout. Alas, Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar may not be able to serve up an ocean view, but it does dish out fabulous sea fare in a fun atmosphere. Owned by brother and sister team, Arte Antoniades and Nik Panagopoulos, Tin Can is nestled discreetly like a pearl in the City Walk at Sandy Springs, and is adjoined to the duo’s popular Mexican restaurant, Teela Taqueria. Inside, the ocean-colored walls are teeming with schools of copper fish and the outdoor patio is a quiet, private spot for warm, sunny days.

But it’s the food that is the real catch, and I assure you won’t be disappointed. The extensive menu offers a delicious bounty of oysters, shrimp and mussels. My friend and I dove into the oysters and came up smiling. The Southern oysters with collared greens, bacon and bread crumbs and the Rockerfella won’t disappoint, and the cornmeal crusted fried oysters topped with bacon and crab combine the best of both worlds.

The fish entrées are prepared naked, blackened, fried, horseradish crusted or brushed in a sweet chili sauce and come with a choice of two sides including Southern favorites like spicy fried green tomatoes, sweet potato tots and fried okra. Oh, and we haven’t even mentioned the seven versions of Po’ Boys, from shrimp and oyster and the catch of the day to pulled pork and a Southern BLT with bacon, greens, fried green tomatoes, feta cheese and spicy aioli. Yee haw! I also heartily recommend the signature Tin Can Salad of mixed greens, julienne tomatoes, blue cheese, pecans and dates tossed in a citrus herb vinaigrette. Best salad we’ve ever had, forks down. And their beer list is as jovial as a Jimmy Buffett song as you choose between selections of “Trailer Trash Brews,” “Blue Collar Beer,” “Georgia Craft,” and “White Collar Craft Beer.”

Great for a group of friends trying to blow off steam or a family of fussy eaters, Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar is the next best thing to being at the beach.

Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar
227 Sandy Springs Place, Suite 502
Sandy Springs