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“I’d love to find some good, lightly battered fried shrimp on the east side of town. It’s so disappointing to take a bite and discover a tiny shrimp under a thick layer of breading. Good hushpuppies are a bonus!”
Despite Atlanta being approximately 1,000 feet above sea level in the Piedmont region of Georgia, and with the closest beach over 265 miles away, the city and its surrounding metropolitan area include a surprising number of really good seafood restaurants. Folks seeking solid seafood options in Atlanta can find everything from fresh-caught fish straight from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and plenty of great sushi to generous fried fish plates paired with crispy hushpuppies, seafood towers overflowing with oysters, shellfish, and crab legs, and shrimp and fish platters served by the pound here.
Many of Atlanta’s most well known fried seafood joints are found on the west side of town, including Trederick’s Seafood and Grill in the Pittsburgh neighborhood, Cajun Seafood Market in southwest Atlanta, Ikhlas Seafood in East Point, and Chef La’s Fish Fry in Smyrna. But, here are five restaurants and pop-ups to check out around Atlanta’s east side offering a range of fried shrimp options on the menu, from fried shrimp baskets with hushpuppies to Southern fried shrimp tacos and coconut shrimp baos.
The menu for this food stall at Krog Street Market from chefs Todd Richards and Joshua Lee features a lineup of soul food dishes, including a hot fried catfish sandwich, catfish and spaghetti, chicken and waffles, and four fried chicken sandwiches. But there’s also a fried shrimp basket on the menu at Soul served with a side of collard green hushpuppies. The basket comes with over a dozen fried shrimp. Make sure to order some deviled eggs here topped with bacon jam and crispy onions or the fried green tomatoes. Order online.
Sistahritas — East Atlanta
This pop-up and food truck from Shayla Cottle brought California-style tacos to Fayetteville Road in East Atlanta in 2020. Fried shrimp plays a starring role on the menu here, including as a topping for salads, fries, tostadas, and nachos. But regulars to Sistahritas swear by the Southern fried fish and shrimp po’boy taco topped with cheese, Cajun slaw, and cilantro sauce. Follow on Instagram for updates.
JJ’s Fish and Chicken - Multiple ATL locations
This fried chicken and fish chain originated in Chicago in the early 1980s and has since expanded to multiple locations around the country, including several restaurants in Atlanta and Georgia. For folks seeking a basket of fried jumbo shrimp, the dinner here comes with coleslaw, fries, and 20 crispy fried decapod crustaceans. There’s even an option to order a combination of fried chicken and shrimp, too. Swap out fries for hushpuppies here. Order online.
Poke Burri — East Atlanta Village
While Poke Burri specializes in its namesake dish, some of the restaurant’s bowls and burritos are served with fried tempura shrimp. This includes the shrimp tempura Super Crunch bowl. Shrimp come on a bed of lettuce, assorted vegetables, and seaweed salad topped with spicy mayo, spicy miso teriyaki, tempura flakes, and pickled ginger. There’s also a tangy crab and tempura shrimp bowl and, at the East Atlanta Village location, an EAV special roll stuffed with tempura shrimp and crab salad. Order online. Multiple franchise locations.
Mushi Ni — Decatur and Westside Provisions District
With locations at S.O.S Tiki Bar in Decatur and Little Trouble at Westside Provisions District, this Asian street food pop-up specializes in everything from char siu pork buns and eggplant wontons to a variety of baos and decadent desserts like tempura-fried Oreos. Don’t skip the baos from Mushi Ni, including the jumbo coconut shrimp bao if it’s listed on the menu. The classic and curry bowls here can also come topped with coconut shrimp. Order online for takeout or delivery.
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