REVIEW: The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Buckhead, Atlanta
It was a lazy Monday afternoon and Melanie were bouncing around Buckhead together. I had done some scouting around looking for some restaurants in the area and decided on The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill. A pescatarian at heart, I could easily live off of seafood and fish if given sufficient quantities.
Not many people were in the restaurant when we arrived so we were seated right away and had drinks in no time. Our server was able to answer any questions that we brought forth and was actually quite knowledgeable about, not only the menu, but also the varieties of fish offered.
We decided to get started with the Chips and Hummus. I’m not normally a big hummus fan, but this was really quite good. The chips that accompany them were very tasty by themselves and seasoned to my liking.
Melanie, remaining vegetarian, ordered the Chef Salad with a fruit cup. She added carrots on and chose the Ranch dressing. I was crazy for the catfish and opted for it blackened. I told the server to tell them “they cannot hurt me” referring to the blackening seasoning. I always like to see just how far they go when you mention this. I always believe that seasonings should complement the food, not overwhelm it – but I do like my food to have some kick to it.
The Big Ketch is a great casual restaurant and I imagine that with its limited inside seating area, the patio seating must be a lot of fun when its not blazing hot. We both liked the vibe we got in the restaurant and the staff was very warm and welcoming.
When our meals arrived, I couldn’t wait to grab my camera and take a picture. I though it just looked fantastic. The chose the Lobster Bisque and Grilled Broccoli to accompany the dish and both were truly fantastic. Lobster Bisque varies greatly and this was among the best I can ever recall. The Grilled Broccoli was done perfectly. It soft and tender with plenty of grill flavor to keep you coming back for more. The catfish was so juicy and flaky it was incredible. The seasoned was nicely done and didn’t overpower the flavor of the fish. Blackening seasoning is something to be careful with and the preparation on this meal was skillful.
Melanie enjoyed her salad and thought the eggs and carrots really set it off. She’s a big cucumber fan and they were very generous in this area, which scored a lot of points with her. The dressing makes or breaks a salad and she really liked the ranch dressing and would recommend it if you’re choosing a salad here.
The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill is located right near the heart of Buckhead and makes a great location to meet with friends in the evening or even have a business lunch during the day. The food is excellent and you’ll be pampered by the service. Guten appetit!