Last week we happily accepted an invitation to check out Driftwood Southern Kitchen for a date night in North Raleigh. Driftwood Southern is a restaurant featuring one of my favorite categories of food- rustic, southern, farmhouse cooking. It’s located in LaFayette Village, a quaint European-styled village located on Honeycutt Rd near I-540 and Falls of Neuse Road. We have always loved strolling around the paved walkways and checking out the gourmet shops, sitting out on the patios, having dinner or just drinks and desserts at one of the restaurants.

I’m always drawn to open kitchens, casual atmospheres and well trained, personable staff. Driftwood checked all of my boxes.

Our server, Fawn, made our evening delightful by sharing personal stories, her best recommendations and a love for the food that was contagious. She enthusiastically related menu items to us with an emphasis on how everything that comes out of the kitchen is scratch- made. She must have known that I’m a stickler for scratch- made when it comes to Southern food.



The menu was full of terrific options to cover a variety of comfort food cravings.

Starters included:

Fried Green Tomatoes with goat cheese, pepper jelly and basil

Brussel Sprouts with bacon and almonds and spicy balsamic honey



There are also Burgers and Sandwiches like:

Fancy Grilled Cheese with brie, bacon and apple butter

Fried Chicken, pickled green tomato and bacon jam

and Specialties include:

Crispy North Carolina Shrimp and local grits with andouille-tomato beurre blanc

Ancho and coffee braised shortribs, local grits and asparagus


The drink menu included red and white wines, beer, and cocktails like:



Lemon Laventini-Deep Eddy lemon vodka, lavender infused simple, hand squeezed lemon juice, and a vanilla lavender sugar rim

Blackberry Sour-Blackberry shine, Jim Beam rye, house made sour mix, fresh blackberries, basil, and lemon

There are drink specials every night including half-off cocktails on Mondays so be sure to ask your server about them on the day you visit Driftwood.

We had a great night catching up, making summer plans and celebrating the closing of the play I just finished directing. But, no celebration is complete without a decadent finale! Luckily for us, the dessert was on its way:

Bourbon chocolate pecan pie, and whipped cream

Butterscotch pudding, ganache, whipped cream, maldon salt, and evoo



I don’t remember ever seeing EVOO (extra Virgin Olive Oil) drizzled on my desserts. This butterscotch pudding knocked my socks off. We even had a bit of a spoon fight over the last bite. Light, creamy, sweet and salty all at once. The EVOO was the perfect end note to this dessert.

Lafayette Village hosts monthly events so you can always find a good excuse to head on over to this little piece of Europe and check out the shops and restaurants including Driftwood Southern Kitchen. As the weather warms, enjoy a date night in Raleigh on the outdoor patio and go ahead and fight over that butterscotch pudding! It’s worth it.


Thank you for hosting us, Driftwood !


Let’s chat in the comments! What’s your favorite southern, comfort food?