Photo: Robbie Caponetto
At The Optimist (pictured here), Ford Fry's greatest culinary contribution to Atlanta, it's a fish lover's smorgasbord. Get the Georgia white shrimp a la plancha with arbol chile and lime. In New Orleans, Donald Link, Ryan Prewitt, and Stephen Stryjewski recently revealed Pêche Seafood Grill, an open-fire emporium inspired by a trip to Uruguay. Don't miss the smothered cast-iron catfish, a riff on a Cajun classic.