You know that restaurant, from the moment you step foot into the place you instantly know it’s going to be one of significance. Newly opened Seed Kitchen & Bar (1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, 678-214-6888) is that restaurant.
Intown dwellers may snub their noses at the suburban zip code, but Seed’s got serious game — so much so, I believe it should be considered a destination restaurant, worthy of a drive from anywhere in the city.
Owner/chef Doug Turbush is sourcing ingredients and cooking like there’s no tomorrow, East Cobb, best known for beautiful women — not its dining scene — has never seen a restaurant of this caliber, or anything close.
During a recent lunch outing we enjoyed a sweet bowl of braised onion soup taken to the next level by thin, casually strewn Gruyere crisps that soak up all that glorious sweetness while lending that necessary nuttiness.
The menu isn’t vast or over the top, it’s just extremely well-executed to the point I can’t help but notice. Chicken schnitzel arrives juicy — not dry — resting in a puddle of miso mustard that harmoniously bridges the gap between protein and garnish, in this case — arugula salad and fire-roasted tomatoes. Citrusy notes of lemon pull it all together.
Prices here are surprisingly inexpensive taking quality into consideration. A $10 plump shrimp po’boy comes with crispy fries. The sandwich is dripping with a lively chili mayo and butter lettuce — it’s a steal.
Melanie pointed out that I was one of only three male patrons. The large dining room didn’t have a single seat available. What can I say? I love East Cobb.
The drink program is equally impressive, rivaling any I’ve seen in the city. Even the beer list is strong, though this crowd seems more like the wine and cocktail type.
Service isn’t something I typically mention in my write-ups but our service was flawless and worthy of a mention. Our server was funny, knowledgeable and possessed that uncanny ability to be there only when needed. A real pro.
Cliff Bostock would have no problem anointing him waitron of the week.