Food & Drink

Serious surf-n-turf arrives in Buckhead

Because Tyrese currently has dibs on hanging with Optimus, you should make your way to Ocean Prime, a wood-/stone-walled comestible complex with three private dining areas (one sectioned off by a see-through fireplace), and an indigo-lit, grand piano-flanked room called the Blu Lounge offering nightly vocalists singing in the style of the Rat Pack, which to be Frank, is a great idea.Create your own shrimp/crab/oyster Smoking Shellfish Tower from the raw bar, or nab apps like the short rib & sea scallop Surf n Turf, before asking for one of their aged USDA prime steaks (7oz filet to 16oz rib eye), the crab-crusted blue tilapia, or the Prime Feature, which treats you right with fried shrimp, lobster coleslaw, and seedless watermelon, so you'll have to come up with a new excuse for when your stomach looks like there's one growing inside it.There're 50 wines available by the glass, ranging from $7 Folonari Pinot Grigio up to CA's Rubicon Estate Cask Cab, plus 150 more by the bottle like the French Chateau Haut-Brion 2001, which they say is “very balanced at its peak”, but unfortunately the Mr. Universe judges thought its obliques looked a little puffy.You'd be crazy not to end the meal with desserts like chocolate peanut butter mousse pie or caramelized sugar-topped creme brulee, while sipping smooth ports like Graham's 40yr Tawny -- just be careful, as Miss Kitaen herself has been known to reveal the Dark Side of the Loon.