SHOUT!

I’m sure most people will empathize with me when I say that I am always on the lookout for good, reasonably-priced places to eat. Budget is often made a priority over taste among college restaurant-goers, but it doesn’t always have to be that way.

This past week I was invited to dine at Shout, a sleek, sassy restaurant located at the corner of 14th Street and Peachtree. First off, I’d like to throw out there that it was one of the most fantastic dining experiences I’ve ever had. The staff was extremely welcoming and friendly and completely made the experience.

Shout opened in February of 2005 and is a member of the Here to Serve Restaurant group, which also includes Noche, Goldfish, Prime, Strip, Twist, Posh and Lola. Until January of this year, Ian Winslade was the restaurant’s chef. Shout’s new chef, Julio Castillo, used to work at Noche and brought with him a bit of its Latin flare upon his arrival.

Shout added tapas to the menu after Castillo was hired, and I can confidently say it was a wise addition. So not only was the staff wonderful and welcoming, but the food was amazing as well.

My boyfriend and I were taken care of by waitress Priscilla Bartlett, who was extremely friendly; she has worked at Shout since its opening. She walked us through the menu, telling us about their best dishes.

As an appetizer, we ordered both the Cilantro Fried Lobster Tail and the Scallop Ceviche from the tapas menu. The presentation of both was very beautiful and both were a twist on seafood full of soft, incredible flavors.

The main course consisted of pizza and sushi, both of which the restaurant is highly known for. The 4-Cheese Cilantro Pesto pizza was unbelievably tasty and surprisingly inexpensive; all pizzas are either $10 or $11 depending on toppings. The sushi menu was also quite impressive, with eight-piece portions ranging from $5 to $11 for the rolls.

For dessert we had their delectable tiramisu, which was served in a small martini glass and topped off with the absolutely necessary chocolate straws.

Shout is beautifully decorated and the atmosphere is cozy and warm, which allows for a very personal, intimate experience.

Shout also has several weekly specials that I would like to mention and would highly recommend.

On Sundays, they have an all-you-can-eat pizza and salad special for only $10. The pizzas have a thin crust, are 10 inches in diameter and have six slices. Oh yeah, and they are also absolutely delicious.

Monday through Friday, there is an all-you-can-eat sushi lunch special, also for only $10, between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and Monday night they have all-you-can-eat tapas. Yum!

Unfortunately, I am a few months shy of being able to take part in this next special, but every Tuesday you can buy a full bottle of wine or champagne at half price.

The only downside to the experience was the $10 fee for valet parking. This can be a bit much on a college budget, but luckily if you dine with them during the week, valet parking is complimentary. If you do decide to go on Friday or Saturday when valet is $10, carpool with your friends and split it—it will be worth it. There is also public parking close by.

Dining at Shout turned out to be a fabulous evening. So whether you are celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, a holiday or just a day of the week, let it be heard that you want to go to Shout.