The Big Ketch: From the Oceans to Your Table

The Big Ketch: From the Oceans to Your Table

Everyone loves dining on the coast.  But who thought you could get the same experience and cuisine right here in our city of Atlanta?  The Big Ketch started out in Buckhead, GA in October of 2010.  The owners and partners of The Big Ketch knew they wanted to bring the beach to where city folks could acc168sess that atmosphere.  From the Fried Oyster Po’Boy to the Grouper Tacos to more wines and specialty cocktails that you can dream of, this restaurant has something for everyone.  They also have specials every week including an Oyster Happy Hour with half off oysters.  And everyone loves shrimp!  Every Monday you can get half off a whole pound of shrimp.  And for our drinkers, there are half off bottles every Tuesday.  With fresh mussels, oysters, lobster rolls and more along with live music and a patio, this seafood paradise is a must.

Chef Derek Dollar

Chef Derek Dollar is the executive chef at The Big Ketch in Roswell.  He grew up in Orlando, FL and moved to Atlanta when he was 11 years old.  As a high school student, Derek started cooking to make a little money.  He had great teachers and mentors that showed him the basics, and this grew into a lifelong passion.  Right out of high school, Derek decided to make cooking his career and attended The Art Institute of Atlanta.  His first fine dining job was at Rainwater in Alpharetta, GA.  Chef Derek of course, tries a lot of different food, even when he is not working.  He has a tip for some other chefs out there: salt and pepper go a long way!  He says that dishes could taste so much better if they were only made with a little more salt and pepper.


The seafood at The Big Ketch is southern coastal cuisine.  These delicious dishes range from the coasts of Florida to Charleston to Louisiana., all fresh fish and never frozen.  Chef Derek and the rest of his team like to have fun and be creative with their dishes.  The most popular dishes are the lobster rolls by far as well as the grouper that is fresh from The Gulf.  The chefs enjoy putting twists on traditional seafood cuisine.  Try the Charleston Seafood Bowl, made with curry sauce, quinoa, broccoli and mangoes.  You are guaranteed not to find anything else like it.  So, while making plans for the upcoming Memorial Day, make sure you catch your friends at the Big Ketch!  Visit either the Buckhead or Roswell locations.

“The Big Ketch.  Bringing the Southern Coast to the Heart of Atlanta.”

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