Remember Bridgetown Grill? That caribbean restaurant chain that was all over Atlanta until about 10 years ago? Well the Roswell Road location has gone through many variations and is now a fabulous seafood restaurant called Hammock’s Trading Company. The interior is totally different, with an overall beachy theme. Hammock’s invited me in to sample some of their tasty dishes.
Hammock’s is owned by partners, William Sigley and Jason Sheetz.They met during their tenure at Here 2 Serve restaurants. William is the chef, and Jason is the Manager and cocktail creator. William has a fantastic pedigree having worked at some of the top restaurants in Las Vegas and training under Wolfgang Puck. He left the desert years ago for the Atlanta and he tells me he loves the humidity here.
I’m always skeptical of having cocktails at restaurants. More often than not, the description sounds promising, but the reality falls short. Totally the opposite at Hammock’s. The cocktails we sampled, Horse’s Neck and the Negroni were terrific and reasonably priced at only around $8. If you enjoy gin martins, you’ll definitely want to try the Negroni. I can’t wait to go back and try the La Neige Russe, made with St. Germain, white grape juice, vodka, and Elderflower.
Have you ever just looked at a dish and known you were gonna love it even before you had a taste? That’s how I felt about the pumpkin soup. In fact, I actually said that out loud to my dinner date. And yes, I did love it – just a bit creamy with lovely pistachios to complete it. The smoked trout salad, with grapes, green beans and almonds, was also a unique dish not to be missed. Both are Gluten Free too. Had I only had those two things and the barbecue oysters we sampled next, I could have left very satisfied, but that was only the beginning.
The best was yet to come. An entree of truffle-toped scallops with butternut squash risotto was superb. A side of jalapeno cornbread, sweet with honey, was a nice addition for my meal. The sides are certainly large enough to for two to share. However, the Flounder my dining companion had really needed some plain bread to sop up the yummy broth. This spicy flounder, with clams and bacon will certainly satisfy a hearty appetite. Again – don’t forget to ask for some bread for the broth.
Small plates are only around $6 and entrees average just about $15 each. Rather inexpensive, yet this is easily one of the best meals I’ve had in quite some time. The presentation of everything is beautiful and it all tastes just as good as it looks. And there are plenty of Gluten Free and vegetarian options on the menu as well.
7285 Roswell Rd.
Sandy Springs. GA 30328
Hammock’s Trading Company Website