Atlantic Beer and Oyster (ABO)
Atlantic Beer and Oyster, or ABO, is a hidden gem on Park Avenue. ABO may have one of the friendliest, if not the friendliest, staffs on the Ave. Every time you walk in, you’re treated like family. The staff wants you to be comfortable and enjoy your time with them. They want to feed you, toss you beers, and make you laugh. At least that’s the feeling I get when ever I step foot into Atlantic Beer and Oyster. Unfortunately, I’m ashamed to admit, I do not like oysters. So, if you’re an oyster lover, I’m sorry but I personally have no advice for you. However, my girlfriend is from Massachusetts and so is the rest of her family. Recently, her parents moved here to Orlando and one of the first things they asked was “Where can we get good oysters around here?” So, I put my neck on the line and recommended ABO.
If You’ve Never Been
If you’ve never been to ABO before, you could roam the Avenue all day and walk right past it. A bit off the beaten path, in the parts that I enjoy most, ABO sits behind Park Ave in an alley near Garp and Fuss. It looks like a little old bait shop and reeks of character. There are a few tables outside, a few tables inside, and a couple of stools at the raw bar. That’s it. Sweet, simple, and to the point. As you walk in, you’re immediately enveloped in an atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re on the water, and greeted with a smile. There’s a HUGE beer selection, sports on the T.V. and happy faces just waiting to shovel prime oysters down your gullet.
Bostonians Love ABO
Since you can’t take it from me, take it from my New England in-laws. Before moving to Orlando, they lived in South Carolina, right on the coast. Every time we get together there’s seafood involved somehow. So, I have it on pretty good authority that these are some of the best oysters around. That was made perfectly evident when they drove from Oviedo to Park Avenue, two days after our initial visit, because they were itching for more oysters. In my experience, if someone from New England, and the coast of South Carolina, is willing to drive an hour for your oysters, you’re doing something right.
The kitchen manager seems to be there all the time. Unfortunately, I cannot recall her name, but you’ll know who I’m referring to when you walk in. She will greet you with a smile and she shucks oysters faster than most people I’ve seen. There’s always good music, the staff is extremely attentive without being intrusive, and it’s easily a place I can sit and spend a few hours at. But oysters aren’t the only thing that Atlantic Beer and Oyster has to offer.
Aside from the oysters, great service, vibrant atmosphere, and wide beer selection they also have a few other favorites on their menu. The ceviche is to die for! I’ve had ceviche before, but ABO does the dish justice. Although it was difficult to contain myself, I had to save some ceviche to bring home and snack on later; simply because it was so flavorful and tasty. ABO has a lot of advantages in the food department. As the sister restaurant of Boca, the front door of ABO is literally feet away from the back door to Boca.
This creates a unique culinary relationship. In one hand you have the best seafood on the block and in the other hand you have one of the best kitchens on the block to assist. Boca is continuously running food over to ABO and fulfilling tickets for entrees like the ABO burger. The ABO burger is prime beef and is served with parmesan truffle fries. I would eat a shoe if it were tossed in parmesan cheese and truffle oil. The smoked fish dip is another personal favorite. It may seem like I love every type of food that I encounter, but that’s because ABO has so many great things going for it. You can check out their menu here.
Your New Go-To
If a few oysters or a burger are in your future, I cannot think of a better place to go than ABO. Not in the immediate area anyway. The prices are fair as well, unlike some other places on the Ave. So, if you are hungry and yearning for a cold beer, with a side of some Muddy Waters over the sound system, make sure you pop into ABO and tell them that Park Ave Magazine sent you. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed, and you may have just found your new go-to oyster bar. If you enjoyed this review, go check out the review that was written for 310 Park South here. Make sure to check out ABO’s website here.
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