I work in an area of town called East Cobb.
It’s a suburb, and as such there is not much of a dining scene to speak of. One of my favorite restaurants, Common Quarter, is there but they aren’t open for lunch (cough, cough….open for lunch, CQ!). So lunch usually comes down to a handful of local spots I really like… or Panera.
Not very exciting.
The sibling of Seed Kitchen and Bar, and the brain child of Chef Doug Turbush, Drift opened in February 2016 and the positive response poured in right away. I held out for lunch service, though, since I usually just want to get the heck of out Dodge when 5:00 p.m. rolls around. The wait was worth it, and my lunch companion and I had some of the tastiest seafood around.
Drift is beautiful, with a nautical theme that’s classy, not tacky. Blue hues and earth tones keep it light and airy, but there are fun touches- like a ceiling full of dangling paddles. The booths are plush and comfy, making you just want to sit there and soak up the pretty atmosphere.
So what did we have? Everything on the menu called out to us, but being a time crunch helps you pull the trigger a bit quicker.
My friend ordered a cocktail off of the “low alcohol” section of the menu. College Lia would totally roll her eyes at that (“who wants LESS alcohol,” she would say), but Lia-pushing-30 is much more refined and understands that not every meal needs to be a boozefest. The drink was “The Canvas” and delighted with a strong ginger flavor – and who can resist elderflower?
I love grilled octopus, but so rarely get to have it thanks to a certain husband not being a fan. Luckily my friend likes it, too, so we started with an order of the “charred octopus” ($14). It was the perfect appetizer size, not too dainty but not practically a meal, and had a really intriguing taste from the black pepper jam. I loved the texture of it, too.
Normally, I wouldn’t get fried food on a weekday (I try to save such shenanigans for the weekend), but this is a fish house after all, so I went with the “crispy fish sandwich” ($12). The haddock was battered so perfectly and when you sunk your teeth in the fish practically melted like butter. It didn’t hurt that the fish was topped with chili lime slaw and roasted poblano tartar sauce.
My friend ordered the “crab cake BLT” ($15) and it was quite the beauty. This wasn’t a puny crab cake, it was a nice size and loaded with tons of crab piled high with green tomatoes, bacon, avocados and a remoulade. To complete the fish house experience we had the Old Bay fries on the side. They could’ve used a little more Old Bay, but the fries were tasty and tasted fresh.
Did I need dessert? Do I ever? No. But I’m not going to pass it up when the restaurant puts effort into their dessert menu and tempts you with choices like key lime pie and a pineapple upside down cake. I didn’t get either of those, though, because the waitress insisted that we try the “French silk pie.” Wise lady, it was delicious! It comes out in the form of a small tart with chocolate crust, and is filled with chocolate mousse, whipped cream and served alongside cherries soaked in Burgundy.
Drift is located at 4475 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062 in The Avenue East Cobb. It’s open Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10: p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
It’s not cheap eats, but it is delicious and worth it for a splurgy lunch or nice night out. I would take my family there, but could also see me meeting a friend for some post-work oysters and bubbles.
Thank you to Drift Fish House and Oyster Bar for hosting me, and Melissa Libby & Associates for setting me up. Lunch was complimentary, but thoughts are my own.
Let me know if you check it out – I want to hear your thoughts!
Thanks for reading,