Canton Street lands the Big Ketch

Menu features casual seafood with gourmet flair

Address: 1105 Canton St, Roswell, GA Phone: 770.993.5749 Hours:  Monday –Thursday 5-10PM; Friday-Saturday 11AM – 11 PM; Sunday 11AM-9PM Menu:
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Executive Chef Derek Dollar
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Hot Buttered Lobster Roll.Toasted brioche roll with fresh, buttered Maine lobster meat, served with hushpuppies and mixed vegetable quinoa salad.
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Ahi Tuna Banh Mi. Spice rubbed tuna, cilantro, quick pickled carrot and cucumber, savory teriyaki dipping saice, served with cous cous salad.
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Basil-Blue Moon Mussels & Clams. P.E.I mussels and Sapelo island clams, poblano peppers, onions, fresh citrus, wine, tomatoes and Blue Moon beer, served with toasted bread.
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Lobster Egg Rolls. Maine lobster and fresh cabbage stuffed egg rolls with mango sweet chili sauce.

The latest establishment to land on Roswell’s revered restaurant row may have Buckhead roots, but its feet are planted firmly on an oceanside beach.

The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill opened on Canton Street in October, bringing with it the vibe of a seaside town, offering fresh, casual seafood with enough gourmet touches to elevate its menu for the discriminate diner.

“Who doesn’t love a day at the beach? That’s the spirit behind The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill,” said Jill List, director of marketing for the restaurant. “We took inspiration from Rosemary Beach, added a touch of East Hampton and a dash of Nantucket.”

The menu ranges from the standards -- lobster bisque, fish and chips and scallops-- to the adventurous (basil-Blue Moon mussels and clams swimming in a beer-infused broth, eggs rolls stuffed with cabbage and lobster), to the truly inspired (Mediterranean quinoa bowl with cucumbers, feta, Kalamata olives and a lemon vinaigrette).

At a recent lunch at The Big Ketch, the Bowl of Brussels was a standout – even for those who normally turn their nose up at the lowly sprout. But Executive Chef Derek Dollar has taken Brussel sprouts to new heights, roasting them with cilantro, rice noodles, julienne carrots, teriyaki and crushed macadamia nuts. It’s a promise you will never look at Brussel sprouts in the same way.

List also recommended the restaurant’s “signature dishes,” which include Creole shrimp & grits, island grouper, jumbo lump crab cakes and spicy cioppino bowl – which have emerged as customer favorites.

The Big Ketch in Roswell is the sister restaurant to the original location in Buckhead, but the concept has been tailored to the “palate” of the North Fulton community, said List, with new favorites and tweaks to old standbys on the menu.

Opening on Canton Street in Roswell brings with it high expectations, and List said The Big Ketch is quickly finding its niche.

“We wanted to tailor the menu to fit the neighborhood’s palate. There are some great chef-driven restaurants on Canton Street already…and we were excited to join this dining destination,” said List. “We certainly hope that The Big Ketch has exceeded the community’s expectations!”

The Big Ketch is part of the Southern Proper Hospitality Group which also includes Milton’s Cuisine in the city of Milton. Chef Dollar is also the chef at Milton’s, but List said the menu offerings at both restaurants are very different, but share the chef’s unique style.

“The concepts [at The Big Ketch and Milton’s] are completely different entities,” said List. 

“Chef Derek is very talented and he brings his plating style and inventive daily features to both of these restaurants.” ■


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