Start DC checks out a new seafood spot by local entrepreneur Ferhat Yalcin.
Drift on 7th is a reincarnation of Fishnet, Chef Ferhat Yalcin’s first seafood restaurant in the space that closed in late 2015.
Yalcin learned the hard way that Shaw does not have a robust market for balik ekmek, the Turkish fish sandwiches he grew up eating and a former Fishnet specialty. This is perhaps bad news for me, because balik ekmek looks amazing, but it is good news overall because Drift on 7th, which opened in January 2016, is delicious!
I visited the restaurant for a tasting last week and was satisfied by everything served. The fish was fresh and there is craft beer on tap, which is always a good pairing to me. (Thumbs up for the Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Edmund Fitzgerald porter!)
Name: Drift on 7th
Location: 1819 7th Street NW
My pick: Tots ‘N’ Tentacles. Trust me on this. Hake, a mild whitefish, is cubed and fried to mimic (a much tastier version of) tater tots. It’s served with calamari, fries, and two dipping sauces.
Price: Few dishes exceed $20.
Tip: If you save room for dessert, I recommend the key lime pie!
Here are a few of my favorite dishes:
A big shout out to DC Eatstameets, which connects small groups of social photographers to local restaurants to promote the DC food scene, for making this tasting possible!
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