Wine Dine and Play: 6th Street Pier

6th Street Pier

Rustic Spot For Steak And Seafood Combining Big Flavors In A Small Town
Griffin, Georgia USA
Cuisine Style: Eclectic Cuisine
Average Price: $$
Overall Rating: 3/5
Dined in: December 2009
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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6th Street Pier Steak And Seafood Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Executive Chefs:
Linda and David Gilchrist

The 6th Street Pier restaurant is forty miles south of Atlanta, opened in 2009 in the city of Griffin which was founded in 1840 and named for landowner Col. Lewis Lawrence Griffin. Today it has a population of around 23,000, with Interstate 75 about fifteen miles away. John Henry “Doc” Holliday was also born and raised in Griffin, going to school for dentistry and opening an office in Atlanta, before moving west when diagnosed with tuberculosis, and joining Wyatt Earp at the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

From 2001 until about 2004 I lived and worked in this small town. The restaurant opened after I moved to Atlanta and began working in Afghanistan, but was one of a few I dined at from time to time when I went back to the town to visit friends. The Pier is located at the corner of 6th and Taylor Streets, hence the name. The building is in the Downtown Historic Redevelopment District and possesses the character and charm of the 1930s while not losing the comfort of a modern structure. The 20-foot ceilings of exposed 12-inch planks, brick walls, and wood floors welcome you into the ambiance, unlike many other areas and businesses around that don’t even bother to try. 

Dining room - picture courtesy of TripAdvisor
The food style is a southern concept with a fusionend twist of sushi and modern American. It is an eclectic blend of cuisine where you can get fried green tomatoes with your rare sautéed tuna belly and mango salsa. They also strive to be on par with French and Italian style bourgeoise cuisine and the goal is to meet and exceed that expectation. Eclectic normally pertains to things which are different, varied or don’t fit into any particular category of food. They are foods prepared in various ways, combinations, or different styles. Like the Japanese and French blends all in one. Eclectic first appeared in the seventeenth century to describe philosophers who did not belong to a particular school of thought but instead assembled their doctrines by picking and choosing from a variety of philosophical systems. Everything is hand prepared, and all of the fish are regional. The two farm-raised fish, tilapia, and catfish are the US or Central American. Shrimp and oysters are from the Gulf of Mexico. Not sustainable and loaded with GMO, but at least it's semi-regional.

    • Appetizers
    • Sushi menu
    • Happy Hour
    • Salads
    • Specialties
    • Pasta
    • Fresh Fish
    • Platters and Angus Beef
    • Add-Ons
    • Desserts
The menu represents a good sampling of fusionend style southern favorites with classical Western European traditions. There is also a humble bow to the orient with items like Saigon shrimp, rice balls, and a full sushi menu. If you're not in the mood for a full dinner experience, pop in for happy hour and get a few drinks with a discount on some starter items. Some of my personal favorites include the oyster's bubba Rockefeller which is their take on the Rockefeller classic using mixed greensand country ham topped with an andouille sausage cream sauce (pictured below). 
Oyster Bubba Rockefeller - picture courtesy of 6th Street
Other items that I really enjoyed include the bacon wrapped dates, the baked brie, topped with pecans and a drizzle of honey, served with grilled french bread, and an entree toss up between the maverick grits or the Mardi Gras mahi. The grits come with shrimp, oysters, and scallops all sautéed together with andouille sausage, bell pepper and onions in a cream sauce with diced tomatoes all sitting over fried grit cakes. The mahi is lightly blackened then glazed with 100% maple syrup and bourbon. Remember the chef has an organic background, so you will not really find much processed or GMO items on the menu unless it is from the farm-raised fish. Remember, if all else fails, eats sushi…just not any near the Fukushima Plant!

I have never eaten dessert here, but two items that really look of interest from the list include key lime divine, which has a richly sweetened key lime juice custard, made without the crust of the pie and Philly cheesecake, which is a classic cheesecake recipe served with raspberry, caramel or chocolate sauce, or you can try the fried coconut cheesecake with a coffee patron sauce.

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Other Noteworthy Eclectic cuisine Articles and Restaurants:
Alex Restaurant Eclectic Irish cuisine in Dublin, Ireland (Now Called The Coburg Brasserie
Alinea Highly creative new American molecular gastronomy tasting menus in Chicago, Illinois
At.mosphere Upscale fine dining global cuisine on the 122nd floor, Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai, UAE
Attica Innovative and eclectic tasting menu restaurant in Ripponlea, Australia
Aubergine Restaurant Innovative East meets West in Cape Town, South Africa
Bongos Bar and Grille Eclectic Beachfront Bistro, Cuban & American cuisine, in St. Pete Beach, Florida
Edison Food + Drink Lab Eclectic & innovative gastropub using molecular gastronomy in Tampa, Florida
Enigma Restaurant Turkish culinary journey with an eclectic European twist In Dubai, UAE
Fiddlesticks Eclectic and Innovative New Zealand cuisine in Christchurch, New Zealand
Junsui An eclectic taste of Asia with buffets at the Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, UAE
Qui Restaurant Eclectic global plates and sushi in Austin, Texas (name changed to Kuneho)
The Test Kitchen Modern eclectic and Nouvelle Latin cuisine in Cape Town, South Africa
Tetsuya’s Eclectic French-Asian Tasting Menu restaurant in Sydney, Australia

See the whole list by visiting “The Wine Dine and Play Article Glossary

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Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Modern and contemporary American cuisine 
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Farm-to-Table Southern bites spot Sandy Springs, USA
Hip burger chain with space-age decor 
Midtown, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Sci-Fi Convention Event at the Hyatt, Downtown Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Classy American Fare 
Griffin, Georgia, USA

See the whole list by visiting “The Wine Dine and Play Article Glossary by country

Final notes, review basics, observations and more pictures:

Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writer's knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about. My ratings are by the stars I award (from 0 to 5). The rating is calculated on a point accumulation of six separate factors based on individual experience. They include wine and other beverage selections, plate presentation, customer service, restaurant or café ambiance, food quality, and wow factor. To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

Overall from this experience, and the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ section, based on my individual experience and rating, I give 6th Street a 3 out of 5 stars, meaning that they exceeded my expectations and were far above the average dining experience of most restaurants.
Scores are detailed in the factor chart below:

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings
Max Points Possible:
Total Points Awarded:
Total Points deducted:
Food quality
Plate presentation
Customer service
Alcohol and other beverages
Total regular points awarded
Total percentage — less the Bonus


“Wow” factor BONUS
Total bonus percentage


Total percentage and bonus for the final star rating


Stars Awarded (see chart below)
             0 - 5

**A full break down and explanation of the observations and point disbursement is available in the linked article above. To receive a detailed copy of your score, feel free to contact me at any time and I will provide it to you.**


Overall Star Rating:
3 of 5 Stars: 
83% Rating with a 1 point “wow” bonus
Exceeded My Expectations In A Dining Experience
Wine List:
Wine rating:
7 of 10
Old World selections: 
France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Romania, Portugal

New World selections: 
Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, California, Washington State
Corkage fee’s:
This Restaurant does not list any corkage fee’s however, most American restaurants charge 
$25.00 per bottle
Restaurant style:
Conservative dining
Cuisine Style:
Bistro, Café, New American, Sushi
Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Pescatarian, Gluten-Free, Vegan Options, Vegetarian
Not Required
Dress code:
Casual or Conservative attire
Child policy:

The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a kids menu or cater to them; however, for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended that kids not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette. 
If not then:
Hire a Babysitter! 
Place for foodies, Contemporary, Lounge, Business parties, Great bar, Rustic, Classy, Upscale, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Street meter parking

The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Low to Medium
Nonsmoking restaurant
Patio or terrace:

Food Prices 
(excludes, alcohol, taxes & 20% gratuity’s)

$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricy)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)

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6th Street Pier Steakhouse and Seafood Grill:

129 South 6th Street 
Griffin, Georgia 

Contact Information: 
Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 770-233-1220
Email Contact:
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)

Dinner: Wed-Sat
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed: Sun-Tue 
Social Media 
Facebook link               

The worlds best restaurants is a subjective list of who is writing it and changes on a regular basis. The Wine Dine and Play best experiences are based on my highest rated stared restaurants, meaning that the visit was an outstanding or extraordinary experience. From cafés, chains, mom + pops, hole in the walls, to fine dining including a few Michelin spots. Visit the Top 100 page to see the entire list.

A few to tease you with…

Highly creative new American molecular gastronomy tasting menus
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Elegant Modern Australian with Molecular Gastronomic dining 
Melbourne, Australia
Haute French Restaurant
Paris, France

Other Pictures:
Sushi - picture courtesy of 6th Street
Bar - picture courtesy of 6th Street
Tuna dish - picture courtesy of 6th Street

“Culinary perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, 
But in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”
-Angelique Arnauld (1591-1661)

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