Located just off the Marietta Square is a new seafood spot: Pier 213. We were invited to try sample the food at this new casual dining spot. Taking over the space that was formerly a Chinese restaurant, the decor is completely redone. With a counter area up front for ordering, there’s a shotgun layout to the seating.
To start get the mussels and crab cake. The owners have access to the freshest crab. They actually supply Inland Seafood and top restaurants in the city like Baccanalia. So if there is anywhere to get your crab on, it’s here. They also have crab claws, but the cake has it beat, hands down. Crab claws are pricey, so it is hard to justify paying over ten bucks for the small serving, while the crab cake has so much more meat for less price.
And the mussels, a full pound, while small, are quite tasty too. We also tried the baked oysters, a seasonal special. These were large and lovely. If you have a group of between four and six, I’d recommend ordered the baked oysters as an appetizer.
For entrees, choose from fried or grilled plates, Po Boys, tacos and sides like hush puppies, fried okra and dirty rice. We tried the fried shrimp and the fish of the day – wolffish. The fried shrimp was some of the best I’ve had. The coating was crisp and provided a great “shell” for the shrimp but not so much that it is all you taste. The fresh shrimp comes through in each bite. The wolffish was described to us as being close in taste to Cod. It was even better, but at the same time not sure if it was quite worth the $16.
Each entree comes with choice of two sides. Here’s where the meal was a bit of a letdown. The dirty rice was dry and not pleasing at all. Same with the hush puppies: completely dried out. If there has to be a shortcoming with food, I’d prefer it to be with the sides than the main attraction. Sides of green beans and fried okra, on the other hand, were perfectly delicious.
Another curious thing is the mix between nice plates and plastic dinner trays for fried items. Seems like they should choose one or the other, but using both is kind of strange, almost like one meal is not as worthy as another.
Even though quite full, who can resist Key lime pie, made with fresh squeezed key limes? The pie is made in house and the taste is the real deal. Definitely more tart than sweet, key lime pie aficionados will appreciate this dessert.
35 S Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA 30064
Pier 213 Website