AWARDS, AWARDS, AWARDS! Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar

Last month, named Best Seafood in Atlanta by Access Atlanta. This month, named one of the Best New Restaurants by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. And now, the Hottest New Brunch in Atlanta! https://atlanta.eater.com/maps/best-new-brunch-atlanta-list

Dozens of restaurants opened in the past year. With 12 months under their belt, which ones are still churning on all gears? In short, what are the best new restaurants in Atlanta? The team at The Atlanta Journal set out on this project with just one thing in mind: to determine the top new dining options in metro Atlanta. That means a clear concept and strong, consistent execution. There was no requisite number of establishments, despite how convenient it may have been to come up with some nice, round number. Any restaurant — from highbrow to food stall — that opened in the metro area since Feb. 1, 2016, was up for consideration.

The names making the cut are the ones they believe are living up to the bill. There happen to be nine of them. And Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar are among these.

Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar

The bourbon-cured salmon appetizer. The fresh fish preparations. The cocktail program, starting with the rum-laden house punch. All of these are as good now as when Drift opened a little over a year ago.

Bourbon Cured Salmon at Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar, with benne seed crackers, apple, jalapeño cream. Contributed by Becky Stein

What’s more, the raw side of things has improved, with oysters tasting fresher and better chilled. There are interesting seafood additions worth checking out, too, like a side of crab fried rice topped with a fried egg.

Chef-restaurateur Doug Turbush and his team could have easily let down their guard, what with Drift now being Turbush’s third concept after Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar. That’s not the case. Bartenders are in constant motion to keep thirsty folks satiated at the packed bar even on weeknights, and the waitstaff deftly handles a full house on weekends.

Drift remains a worthy place, not just for residents of east Cobb, but for anyone in metro Atlanta in search of a destination for quality fish and seafood, capably served from start to finish by a staff that makes you feel that they genuinely appreciate your business.

Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar, located at The Avenue East Cobb, at 4475 Roswell Road, Marietta. 770-635-7641, driftoysterbar.com.

— LIGAYA FIGUERAS