Restaurant Review: Driftwood Southern Kitchen

If you venture into Lafayatte Village in north Raleigh you’ll find many great restaurants. One of our favorites is Driftwood Southern Kitchen. Owner and chef Nunzio Scordo’s southern-style dishes feel like you’re sitting around the dining room table of your friend’s grandmother’s house ready for a heaping serving of comfort food. From Brussel sprouts with bacon and fried green tomatoes to shrimp and grits and southern fried chicken, Driftwood is a place to pull up a chair, unbutton your pants and just indulge in that guilty pleasure of eating a great meal.

We were recently invited out to Driftwood to enjoy an evening of food and good ole southern hospitality – and that’s exactly what we received.

We started out our evening with a couple drinks from the beverage menu, which included a smoked Moonshine drink and sweet Sangria. You can never go wrong with a relaxing drink while waiting for your meal to arrive.

DRINKS: Prickly Pear Sangria and Smoked Pineapple Chipotle Shine

DRINKS: Prickly Pear Sangria and Smoked Pineapple Chipotle Shine

Looking at the list of starters, it was hard to decide. Pimiento goat cheese … Brussel sprouts with bacon … crawfish and pepperjack cheese dip, but it was the Texas Pete dry rubbed wings and fried green tomatoes we selected for the evening. The dry rubbed wings were nice with a touch of heat from the Texas Pete, and the avocado ranch dip helped cool it down. A surprising plus were the pickled carrots and celery sticks. Fried green tomatoes must always be on an authentic southern restaurants menu, and these didn’t disappoint. If there was one thing to nitpick on our appetizers was that the dusting on the tomatoes might have been a little too heavy. Other than that, our deep-fried goodness was ready to take us to our entrées.

APPETIZERS: Smoked, crispy Texas Pete dry rubbed wings and fried green tomatoes, goat cheese, pepper jelly and basil

APPETIZERS: Smoked, crispy Texas Pete dry rubbed wings and fried green tomatoes, goat cheese, pepper jelly and basil

It’s one of our favorites so we had to order it again – the chicken fried chicken. You haven’t lived until you try this meal in all its glory. Take that same concept of the infamous chicken fried steak, and do that with chicken and Voila! And with this dish, you get a generous portion of chicken. Top that off with sausage gravy and dig to the bottom to fish out your mashed potatoes and you have a meal that will make your tummy happy. And believe us when we say you’ll be taking some home with you – this is a huge portion of food.

ENTREE: Chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes, sausage gravy

ENTREE: Chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes, sausage gravy

There is nothing better than a serving of comfort food and the first thing that comes to mind is chicken pot pie. This dish is slow cooked and almost felt like eating a chicken stew. The puff pastry was light and fluffy and accompanied the dish perfectly. Unlike the chicken fried chicken, the portion was just right and sent us home happy.

ENTREE: Chicken pot pie, slow cooked vegetables, puff pastry

ENTREE: Chicken pot pie, slow cooked vegetables, puff pastry

We tried to save some room for dessert, and we’re glad we did. Driftwood had some decadent sweets on its menu making it difficult to choose an item. But tonight we settled for the peanut butter pie. Talk about delicious. The creamy peanut butter was surrounded by a salty pretzel crust and a crushed topping of Heath candy bars. Dab a little whipped cream on each bite and that’s the way to end a meal at Driftwood.

It was a lot of southern comfort right in our own backyard.

DESSERT: Peanut butter pie, pretzel crust, Heath bar pieces, whipped cream

DESSERT: Peanut butter pie, pretzel crust, Heath bar pieces, whipped cream