Drift is a chic little coffee house and café that serves up a world of artful drinks and fare to Oak Island vacationers and locals alike. Located just a block away from the oceanfront, and therefore a convenient destination for a little caffeine or energy boost in between beach trips, this effortlessly cool destination will appeal to coffee fans, foodies, and anyone who’s in the mood for a slightly elevated beach bite.
The menu boasts a nice array of hot and iced drinks, which includes fruit smoothies, drip coffee, espresso-based drinks, and other specialty concoctions like iced chai and tea. The kitchen menu is just as familiar, but with a creative twist, with features like a pesto grilled cheese with Brie, Dubliner, and Manchego cheeses, a smoked salmon sandwich with scrambled egg and mascarpone, and an “Avocado Smash” sandwich with 21 grain toast, smashed avocados, pumpkin seeds, and an almond-peppercorn blend. The fare can easily cater to the health-conscious, but with a selection of North Carolina brews and wines, can also appeal to the post-beach crowd who want to settle in for a meal and a relaxed drink. Easy-going and laid-back, Drift is bringing elevated coffee and cuisine to the heart of Cape Fear’s Oak Island.