In early 2016, the team behind Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar opened Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar. The upscale seafood restaurant in the Avenues East Cobb opened for lunch only about seven months ago, and it’s time you headed over to check it out.
Here are a few menu highlights to whet your appetite.
Pictured above, the Wood Roasted Octopus appetizer was my favorite. It’s roasted in a black pepper jam and served atop an onion lemon puree.
People who claim they don’t like octopus because it’s tough or chewy have either had it poorly cooked (it’s not easy) or they are confusing it with squid. Drift’s octopus is perfectly tender, and well balanced with the onions. Do NOT miss this!
Another summer favorite we tried included the Bourbon Cured Salmon….it sits atop a heavy benne seed cracker with divine jalapeño cream cheese and thin slices of apple. If you’re only stopping in for a drink at the (gorgeous) bar, this is the appy you want.
Jose Pereiro and Jason Raymond have a creative and complete adult beverage menu for you to enjoy!
This delight is a wine slushie is called Jose’s Frosé…it includes rosé wine, Giffard pamplemouse (a pink grapefruit liquor,) plus lemon and pomegranate juice It’s AH-mazing.
Whether you prefer gin, rum, agave or whiskey – there is a clever, artistic, delicious cocktail waiting for you here.
Prefer beer? No problem! Maybe wine? This is where you want to be. Options include red, white and bubbles…from affordable to indulgent.
I am a sucker for a Lobster Roll; but I’m also picky!
The verdict? You’ve GOT to get this sandwich! I selected the lemon/mayo dressing over hot butter (pictured above.) The lobster was well-cooked (not rubbery) and included large pieces tucked into a nicely crisped roll.
When it first came to the table, I was a little shocked by the size. It looks small…but it is so PACKED with lobster that it fills you up entirely. In fact, I couldn’t even finish the salad and slaw that it came with.
My sweet MIL was my lunch date. She picked the Fish and Chips, specifically because it was made with haddock (her favorite.) She gave it two thumbs up!
We also sampled the Yellowfin Tune Poke – SO GOOD! I enjoyed eating the poke with the dried plantains…and the spicy radish was the perfect balance. It works well as a meal, but you could also easily enjoy this as an appetizer with 2-4 people.
Kids are welcome. Personally, I think of Drift as a “date night” location for dinner. It also makes a sweet girl’s lunch spot or date time day location. However, if you have the kids with you when you’re in the area, don’t let that detour you.
We had both boys with us, and they ate off the kids menu. One enjoyed buttered noodles, and the other savored a grilled cheese with fries.
Come for the oysters. Once I was home from Drift, I wanted to kick myself for not trying the oysters – I mean, it’s an oyster house, right? That’s just another reason to return (sans kids.)
Oyster connoisseurs will adore the plethora of varieties available…and not just the multiple types, but the multiple techniques!
Book your brunch reservation. The brunch menu looks AMAZING. I can’t wait to go back…but it’s popular. Really popular. So do yourself a favor and make a reservation.
Disclosure: Thank you to Drift Oyster Bar for hosting me. As always, opinions here are my own.
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.