Drift Fish House and Oyster Bar
At the easy, breezy, beautiful Drift in Marietta, Chef Doug Turbush (the mastermind behind Bluepointe, Seed Kitchen & Bar, and Stem Wine Bar) serves upscale yet comforting seafood dishes using live wood-fire cooking techniques. Take a seat on the beachy blonde-wood or blue-cushioned furniture, and dive into plates like bourbon-cured salmon, beer-battered haddock with honey butter hush puppies, or lemon-herb ricotta ravioli with jumbo lump crab. Upping the nautical theme here is the full raw bar with an assorted iced shellfish tower, plus house-bottled cocktails like the tequila/raspberry-chipotle/lime Man Overboard.
You have to head out to suburban East Cobb to dine at Drift, but it’s worth it. The restaurant is the creation of Doug Turbush, who also owns Seed right down the street, and specializes in wood-fired seafood. Sit at the bar and catch a glimpse of the fiery oven, or sit in one of their dining room's comfy booths. The Rhode Island calamari (with thai chile, braised onion, sesame, coriander) makes for a great appetizer, and the Bourbon Cured Salmon (with benne seed cracker, jalapeño, apple, radish) is a delight. From 11 am to 3 pm on Saturdays in the summer, Drift offers a New England-style patio pop-up dubbed Pop’s Lobster Shack, during which guests can enjoy fresh lobster rolls, live music, oysters on the half-shell, ice cold beer, and more.