Driftaway Cafe

Seafood
excellent
Worth a detour
Michael Stern | September 13, 2019
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“Welcome! Are you ready to unwind?” asks Driftaway Cafe, a Sandfly restaurant where the cuisine is casual-coastal and the music is live and al fresco (weather permitting) Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.

It is a fun, laid-back place, but that takes nothing away from the seriously good seafood you will eat here. One day’s catch is grouper, surrounded by a buttery veil of crumbs, topped with hunks of crabmeat and semi-melted Parmesan cheese: a fabulous mix of flavors and textures, abetted on the plate by grilled asparagus and cracked potatoes. That’s from the “Classic Coastal Cuisine” section of the menu, which also includes shrimp & cheese grits, sesame-crusted tuna on garlic mashed potatoes, and sea scallops seared in a cast-iron skillet.

Other sections of the menu include sandwiches (try the Skidaway fried oyster sandwich on Texas toast), tacos and wraps, salads (I love the wedge, loaded with blue cheese and bacon), and brunch items available Saturday and Sunday until 2pm. Among the latter are Jamaican French toast (dredged in dark rum cinnamon batter) and lump crab cake Benedict.

Driftaway is a bright, happy place, its decor an enthusiastic collection of seafood images, statuettes, and bibelots, its staff neverendingly cheerful. It’s an easy taste of the Georgia coast.

What to Eat
Driftaway Cafe, Crab-Topped Grouper
Crab-Topped Grouper
Must-Try
Buttery grouper topped with crab hunks & parmesan cheese
Driftaway Cafe, Wedge Salad
Wedge Salad
Must-Try
Cheese-rich wedge salad by the scenic window
Driftaway Cafe, Tuna Nibbles
Tuna Nibbles
Tuna nibbles, Hawaiian style, with mango salsa on wasabi sauce
Driftaway Cafe, Fish & Chips
Fish & Chips
Beer-battered fish & chips: plentiful, if not memorable
Directions and Hours
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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