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Restaurant Review: Seed Kitchen & Bar, by Gini Koch
Seed Kitchen & Bar, Merchant’s Walk, Marietta, GA (https://www.eatatseed.com/)
Type: Locally Sourced Modern American
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
“Can I have a vat of the soup?”
Seed Kitchen & Bar is open 7 days a week and I’ve eaten at Seed for brunch, lunch, dinner, and “linner” (that time between lunch and dinner when one can get peckish). And it’s been great every time.
Seed Kitchen & Bar is part of a small, locally-owned, mostly locally sourced restaurant group that includes Stem Wine Bar and Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar. As with The Butcher The Baker, there is a very cool bar inside the restaurant, and the ambiance is modern and warm, the noise level low to moderate, the service friendly and excellent, the food and drinks amazing, and Seed reminds me of fave restaurants in Los Angeles and Phoenix.
As someone with a laundry list of food allergies, I can’t eat everything on this menu. I have to avoid spicy anything, particularly jalapeños, which they like to use here. As a warning to those with allergies: some of the menu items, like the cornbread, don’t spell out that they have certain things, like jalapeños, in them. So, make sure your server is clear on what you can and can’t eat. Yes, I got cornbread once and had to send it back. The one bite was delicious, so if you don’t have food issues, there’s nothing bad on this menu.
I exchanged that cornbread for pimento cheese crostini and butternut squash soup and am now addicted to both. The heirloom tomato BLT is filled with goodness. The hanger steak frites is excellent and perfectly prepared. The fresh oysters are good, but if you’re used to the ones from New Orleans, you’ll be disappointed in their size, though not their flavor. The tres leches cake is, however, literally, the best I’ve ever had, anywhere.
The bar also has food service and you’d never know you weren’t at a table – everything comes out quickly and perfectly. The bartenders are expert and friendly. The hubs is rarely excited by mixed drinks he didn’t make himself, but the bartender who served us when we were eating at the bar earned the hubs’ undying love and loyalty for the special bourbon drink he whipped up on the spot. They also have a good wine list, locally brewed beer list, and a great list of spirits.
Seed does regular wine tasting events (we have yet to attend one, but it’s on our list), and specialty dinners and events. Seed is great for a nice brunch, a lovely lunch, a great dinner before or after a movie, or a special occasion. You can’t go wrong if you eat at Seed.
Definitely try: hanger steak frites, butternut squash soup, pimento cheese crostini, tres leches cake