Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

REVIEW: Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House, West Midtown, Atlanta

We hadn’t planned on going to Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House and we certainly won’t return. It was just another hot, muggy Atlanta day. We were tired from walking around Westside Provisions District, a trendy shopping area with some dynamite restaurants. Unfortunately, it was a little late for lunch and too early for dinner and most of the restaurants there didn’t open again until 5pm. A quick check of local restaurants put Six Feet Under on the short list and off we went.

There is zero decent parking, so it’s all valet. That’s cool because valet is only $2 so throw the guy a fiver and we’re done. We walked in and were greeted by a bunch of long-haired dudes in Braves t-shirts. It took me just a second to acknowledge that they were indeed employees or had they wandered from the bar and were subbing for the hostess while she was in the loo. In any case, we were seated and our server arrived soon to take drink orders.

We started out with 1/2lb of Peel ‘N Eat Shrimp (steamed) and some Beer Battered Onion Rings. The shrimp were the perfect temperature when they arrived, almost too hot to touch. The fried onion rings shared none of the heat and were palatable when we began to eat them and quickly cooled to unacceptable far too fast. I also consider adding the dill horseradish dipping sauce, they serve with the Zucchini Fries, with the onion rings too.

1/2 lb Peel 'N Eat Shrimp, Steamed, Six Feet Under
1/2 lb Peel ‘N Eat Shrimp, Steamed
Beer Battered Onion Rings, Six Feet Under
Beer Battered Onion Rings

The restaurant itself is described accurately as a “Pub & Fish House”. Clearly, the priority was centered around the bar, rather than the food. No matter if you’re seated in the dining area or not, you get the feeling you’re eating pub food in a bar. They should have spent the money they wasted on beer signs inside the restaurant, and devoted it to some adequate signage outside the restaurant. You can see that the sign on the outside of the building is pretty plain and the majority of it cannot be seen for the foliage covering it.

Blackened Catfish, Six Feet Under
Blackened Catfish

When our food arrived, I was pretty excited to see how the Blackened Catfish I ordered turned out. I’d enjoyed the same dish very much less than a week ago at The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, so I wanted to see how it compared. While the cut of the fish was thinner than TBK’s thick cut, I think the weight would’ve probably have turned out to be about the same. The seasoning and the preparation on this fish was perfect! I was very impressed with the flavor and how the remoulade drizzle complemented it so well.

Sautéed Spinach
Sautéed Spinach

I also ordered the Sautéed Spinach but that was so bad I had to send it back. It was just hot, greasy spinach leaves and totally devoid of any flavor whatsoever. I was pretty disappointed with this dish but I thought the server handled my displeasure well and took this off the bill with apologies.

Side Salad, Six Feet Under
Side Salad

I also upcharged a Side Salad and I have mixed feelings about that. The salad mix was fine, actually exceeding what I had envisioned. The problem was with the dressing. First, they didn’t have Thousand Island. I eat vinaigrettes all week long so I really like to diverge from that on the weekend and splurge with my favorite dressing, Thousand Island. I would venture to guess that behind Ranch, Thousand Island comes in a strong second of the most requested salad dressings. Maybe I’m take it too personally but I view this as part of the worldwide conspiracy against me.

Dinner Salad with Ranch Dressing, Six Feet Under
Dinner Salad with Ranch Dressing

The real problem with the dressing I chose, Bleu Cheese, was it had no bleu cheese flavor. Instead it tasted more like mayonnaise.  Melanie thought her Ranch dressing had no flavor whatsoever. Its tough to enjoy a salad when you can’t enjoy the dressing.

The Zucchini Fries were heavily battered. I’d really like to understand how they got batter to stick to zucchini but that’s a story for another post. Melanie said she couldn’t find any flavor in the fries and the dill horseradish that accompanied it was way too hot for her. I liked the fries at first but as they cooled, they just became limp and even more tasteless. I did use the dill horseradish though on my salad.

I guess if you stumble out of a Georgia Tech frat house, you’ll be in nerd nirvana. But, if you’re looking for some killer seafood, I think you’ll be disappointed at Six Feet Under. Just from the looks of the menu, one can see that their idea of seasoning is spicy/hot and if that’s all you’ve got in your seabag you’re missing the boat. As for us, we’ll find harbor at another port. Guten appetit!

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1 Comment

    June 15, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    I’ve been to 6FU a number of times and enjoy the “rat toes” appetizer ( bacon wrapped jalapeno peppers stuffed with boiled shrimp. I don’t have the nerve to try the “dragon toes” (habanero peppers prepared the same way.The “house made” potato chips with blue cheese crumbles are always a hit with my family and can’t say anything bad about a place that counts Key lime pie among it’s dessert offerings.

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