If you are looking for a relaxed, yet elegantly inspired destination to enjoy great seafood classics, The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill in Roswell is the spot. You’ll find a casual and inviting dining experience for families.

Our waitress, and the entire staff, greeted our family warmly and the kids received a pre-snack (Goldfish crackers), crayons and colorable menus in adorable galvanized metal tins. The restaurant also provides each table with boiled peanuts – they’re hot, delicious and slightly spicy.

What’s on the menu: You’ll find lots of fresh seafood dishes and classics, including Creole Shrimp and Grits ($18.95); Bourbon-Orange Glazed Salmon ($21.95) and Spicy Cioppino Bowl (grilled fish, shrimp, mussels and clams in a wine tomato broth, $19.95), but also lots of other choices if you crave something besides seafood. My 16-year-old adventure-seeking foodie devoured the gator bites (a generous appetizer serving and a limited time offer). A must-try non-seafood entree is the marinated chicken breast ($15.95). I had it blackened with a side of grilled broccoli and white cheddar grits, and key lime honey mustard sauce for dipping. Delicious!

Why parents will like it: The restaurant is kid-friendly without being all about the kids. It has a nice hip and elegant vibe to it without the white table cloths and manners. They have happy hour and dinners specials, and parking is a cinch with the complimentary valet.

Why kids will like it. Kid-friendly menu items for everyone’s palate. The fish and chips kids’ menu serving was just right for my 8-year-old son, and my 5-year-old daughter enjoyed her chicken skewers and fries. Crayons and coloring, and of course, Goldfish!

The Details

1105 Canton St., Roswell, 770-993-5749
3279 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, 404-474-9508
Roswell: Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Buckhead: Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

– Melissa Williams

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