My family was hosted by The Big Ketch Seafood Grill for purpose of this review. But all opinions and thoughts are my own.
Local Dining with The Big Ketch!
While I am in no way a foodie, I do enjoy trying different dishes and places. One thing I have always heard and even experienced firsthand is to eat local and avoid the big chains. I’m not saying all chains are bad or don’t have good dishes. There are a few that we as a family enjoy. But when you eat local, the experience so different.
First off, most smaller local restaurants offer fresh ingredients. This can be by using only local suppliers or even flying stuff in overnight. Also with being local, there is less expense of being nationally known so their budget truly goes into the food.
Being in the metro Atlanta area, we have so many places to choose from. Burgers, Italian, Soul Food, Seafood and more. Now being from New England and used to real fresh seafood, I tend to be leery of seafood restaurants here in Georgia. But the other night our family headed out to Buckhead and went to eat at Big Ketch! I went in with no expectations, but I left with plans to go back and a DIVA begging to go again too.
The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill has two locations. One in Buckhead at 3279 Roswell Road and the second in Roswell at 1105 Canton Street. Aside from the address difference, the locations are the same with service and atmosphere.
Big Ketch is a coastal/beach themed restaurant. One of the first things I noticed with the outside was the shiplap beach feel of the building and palm trees. Once inside this theme continued. A simple open concept with a touch of modern.
For those who like to enjoy eating outdoors, there is a beautiful screened patio (Canton St location offers outdoor patio seating) which truly adds to that away at the beach feel. To complete that island escape feel Big Ketch has two music options; from live bands to the sound system. The songs will have you feeling like you just landed somewhere tropical.
The service we received was excellent. Our server Casey was one of the best servers I have ever met. After introducing herself and asking if it was our first time visiting, she was great about explaining the menu, the food preparation and different options for coming back. Casey was so good even our 11-year-old DIVA commented about her service.
The food? Oh my, the food. This seafood lover was very happy. The whole family was. Everything tasted so fresh and the variety is sure to please everyone. Nothing is ever frozen at The Big Ketch. They use local ingredients or fly them in overnight such as their Maine Lobsters.
Besides giving you that great fresh taste, this also opens options for their menu. Some items are their staple everyday offerings and others will be seasonal. I enjoy the fact that I can get variety and a change but with the knowledge that no matter what I choose, it will be fresh and oh so good.
The Big Ketch offers Happy Hour = Monday through Friday half off a dozen raw oysters from 4 to 6pm. Burger & Brew Mondays = Every Monday steakburger royale, side, and a draft beer are only $10. Ketch a Cork Tuesdays = Receive a free appetizer with the purchase of a bottle of wine. And NEW to the specials is the Kids Meals Deal. Kids (ages 12 and under) now eat for $1.99 Monday – Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. with the purchase of an adult entree.
With the kids being with us we decided to do appetizers of Fish Bites (based on Casey’s recommendation) and Crispy Shrimp with the mango sweet chili sauce, also recommended. This sauce while sweet, was not over bearing. Plus it is completely gluten and vegan for those with diet concerns.
The kids loved the shrimp so much that they each had the Crispy Shrimp Kids meal. DIVA did the fresh fruit side and Lil Man did the homemade chips.
Hubby went with the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Collard Greens. Now since hubby is from here in GA he is a tough critic. Casey explained how the grandmother of the Chef was from here and he used her recipe. So how were they? The greens were the first thing hubby finished and not a speck was left.
For myself, I went with one of their specials. Lobster ravioli. I have one place back home in Rhode Island that has my favorite version of this dish. No one has been able to match them, till now. The sauce was more hearty than any ravioli dish I have ever had, but the filling? It was pure lobster bliss. I believe this dish had the most filling in quantity of lobster I have had yet.
Our 17th wedding anniversary is this May and I’m thinking hubby and I will be going back for a night without the kids to the Big Ketch and enjoy the outdoor seating. What’s better than great food and awesome company?
To learn more about The Big Ketch you can visit via their site at: http://thebigketch.com/
Winner of multiple awards!
3279 Roswell Road | Atlanta, GA 30305 | 404.474.9508
Sun – Thu: 11am – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 11am – 11pm
(Extended Bar Hours)
1105 Canton St. | Roswell, GA 30075 | 770.993.5749
Sun – Thu: 11am – 9pm
Fri & Sat: 11am – 11pm
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