“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.