Named Esquire magazine's Best New Restaurant of 2012, the Optimist lives up to the hype, serving top-notch seafood in a dazzingly refurbished warehouse space. To start, slurp on raw oysters on the half-shell from the oyster bar—also a fun place to hang out and have a beer. Then try the seafood gumbo, which has dark complex gravy and is full of meaty hunks of crab. The black grouper is savory and served atop all the delicious components of a Lowcountry boil; the
breaded redfish with pepper jelly provides bite after bite of sweet, crunchy, flaky fish. The restaurant has a lively atmosphere (there's a putting green out front) and can get a bit noisy in the middle of dinner.