The Dish: Oyster Bay Seafood Cafe

Oyster Bay Seafood Cafe


125 E. Crogan St., Suite B, Lawrenceville

Open since: Oct. 12

Location: Oyster Bay Seafood Cafe is in downtown Lawrenceville just off the city square in a series of adjacent buildings along East Crogan Street. The building was previously home to The Flying Saucer Retro Cafe & Bakery.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays

Owners: Grayson resident Greg Makler and his brother, Snellville resident Steve Green, have partnered with mother-daughter duo Becky and Jo Davis, also of Snellville, combining their years of restaurant experience to open Oyster Bay.

Atmosphere: Oyster Bay Seafood Cafe offers booth, bar, high-top and regular table seating surrounded by coastal decor. One of the restaurant's employees - Vanessa Churco - has decorated the wall to the right of the front entrance with a coastal scene. Sand dunes meet cool, blue water under a sunset offering guests a little slice of seaside dining in downtown Lawrenceville.

Menu: Jo Davis said the menu at Oyster Bay is simple, while offering a variety of options at affordable prices.

"We streamlined the menu so we can offer guests daily specials," she said.

The restaurant typically offers a sandwich special for lunch and then a heavier entree, often made with some type of seafood, for dinner.

Oyster Bay specializes in scrumptious seafood options, including the cedar plank salmon - an 8-ounce piece of fresh salmon lightly seasoned and roasted on a cedar plank - and the Bimini grouper - grilled grouper topped with a fresh mango salsa.

Already topping a developing list of popular selections are the bacon shrimp po' boy - shrimp with bacon, Monterey jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and a spicy remoulade served on Cuban bread - and fish tacos - two mahi mahi filled tacos with lettuce, tomato, guacamole and fresh salsa.

"We sell more shrimp po' boys than anything," Jo Davis said.

Oyster Bay's seafood selections are complemented by chicken, beef and steak entrees, including the hardwood-smoked baby back ribs.

Oyster Bay serves beer and wine, both whites for pairing with seafood dishes and reds to complement the beef options.

SideBar: On the menu

· Key West conch fritters - Golden fritters served with a spicy remoulade, $5.95

· Crab cake sandwich - A Maryland-style crab cake with lettuce, tomato and a spicy remoulade on a toasted onion roll served with a choice of side, $7.95

· Baked stuffed shrimp - Six jumbo shrimp stuffed with crab and topped with a garlic cream sauce served with a choice of a side, $15.50

· Cedar plank sirloin - A 12-ounce sirloin marinated and roasted on a cedar plank served with a choice of a side, $13.95