Driftwood Southern Kitchen

Every visit I’ve made to Lafayette Village in North Raleigh has been one filled with good food, excellent service and great atmosphere.   

My visit to driftwood did not disrupt this trend. Their prices are good, they offer daily drink specials and their food is certainly worth every penny you’d spend. 

They have a small wine list, a good selection of beer and an interesting moonshine cocktails menu. I don’t like moonshine, but the drinks are fun! They offer their moonshine drinks for $5 on Mondays, draft beers for $3 Tuesday, all whisky for half off Wednesday’s, half off glasses of wine Thursday, house liquor for $4 on Fridays, bottled beers for $3 Saturday’s and mimosas for $2 on Sunday. They do serve brunch on the weekends too!

When you are seated, they bring you home made pork rinds. They are light, crispy and delicious. I’d never had pork rinds before and was pleasantly surprised at how good they were. They were nice and salty, too. A great way to start the meal.  

I’ve been to Driftwood a few times now, but on this occasion, me and the other ladies ordered several of their small plates to share. This one was a huge hit! It was the mussels with sweet potato fries. It isn’t on the menu anymore, but it was around $8 for a giant order of mussels and chorizo, topped with the most delicate sweet potato fries and a great aioli. Every bite was devoured, especially of the sauce. 


The ancho and coffee braised short rib was my favorite of the dishes. For $16.95 we were served a generous portion of delicate, melt in your mouth short ribs laying on top of cheddar grits, topped with asparagus and  the most amazing gravy. It was cooked perfectly and seasoned very well. 


I was very excited to see lobster mashed potatoes on the menu! We ordered them as a side ($4.95+ lobster up charge) which was a giant portion. They were pretty good, but we all ended up dipping them in the rib gravy to make them better. I would have been happy to taste a bit more butter or salt. 

The Mac and cheese was smooth and creamy but again, I thought it needed more salt. This was also from the sides menu (all $4.95), and was a large portion so a good value. 

On a separate occasion, I ordered the loaded tots. As much as I love tater tots, I was saddened to hear they were frozen. The price was $7.95 and they were topped with gravy, crispy pork belly and cheese curd. The toppings were very good! I would love to see what they could do with fresh ones. 

The bib wedge salad is fantastic! The portion size is huge and it’s covered in fantastic toppings, like charred onion, bacon, tomatoes, blue cheese and a great herb buttermilk dressing. For $8.95, it’s a meal in and of itself. 

This is why I exist. This dessert is why I take the time to exercise and try to eat healthy on most occasions. This bourbon bread pudding is hands down the best bread pudding in Raleigh. It was $5.95, topped with ice cream and bourbon caramel sauce. Holy cow. It was sweet, so soft and creamy and just the perfect ending to the meal. Even though the bread pudding isn’t currently on the menu, I will still go back to try the other options. They all sound wonderful! Pull up a seat and enjoy your meal. 

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