The young couple began this business a few years ago peddling live lobsters at local farmers markets, but have now settled in nicely to a stable brick and mortar. Now, besides live Maine lobster and other assorted shellfish, Ross and his wife have expanded to fresh fish from various Florida docks.
Their prime fish purveyor is a guy by the name of Wes Nolan, who is well known by just about every top toque in Atlanta for his pristine, extremely fresh and unusual selection of wild caught and mostly sustainable seafood, straight from the fish docks in Florida.
All of this store’s lobsters come from Stonington, Maine, where Ross’ brother captains a boat.
Ross is one of the very few in Atlanta who sells unpasteurized picked crab meat, scallops are unpasteurized as well. Anyone who has ever experienced the intimacy and sweetness of an unpasteurized scallop knows the scope of what Ross is going out of his way to accomplish. Simply put, Ross is the seafood equivalent to the rock star local farmer.
All in all, Atlantic Express Seafood is just a start-up for Ross and his wife and they probably need a little time to get their land legs beneath them. But it might very well be the single greatest food thing to happen to the North Alpharetta/South Forsyth area since, well, maybe ever.
I recently caught up with Ross to see how things were coming along. Here is what he had to say.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge so far since expanding your seafood offerings to wild-caught fresh fish and assorted shellfish, from lobster only?
A: Trying to match the quality of our lobsters; the lobsters are being caught, brought to shore and packed directly into boxes. Then taken to the airport with all of our fishing and landing licenses that I currently carry.
Q: You sell to both restaurants and the general public, which is currently the bigger part of your business?
A:We are definitely focusing more on the public’s wants and needs.
Q: You sell “picked” crab. Could you tell us a little bit about that?
A:With our crab meat, the crabs come up in the traps with the lobsters and are taken directly off the boat to be cooked and picked. There is no pasteurizing or chemicals used, just fresh right off the boat crab meat!
Q: It seems that every week you have more and more offerings. What are some of the possibilities we might expect in the months to come?
A: In the near future we plan on having a live fin fish menu to go along with our live shellfish.