Monday, December 19, 2011

Coastal Flats

Coastal Flats is a casual 1950s coastal Florida inspired seafood house located in the heart of Fairfax Corner. Inside, a hand-carved mermaid and 200 fish swim from vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. Custom-designed mirrors and a mural of a tropical port adorn the walls. Inside is an all-booth dining room, and when the weather cooperates, there’s seating on the back porch.

Part of the Great American Restaurant Groups that includes the Carlyle, Mike's American, and Sweetwater Tavern, Coastal Flats is their seafood chain with another location in Tyson's Corner.  My office decided to take a field trip this Monday and have our holiday luncheon at Coastal Flats.  The yellow house was charming and stood out from the suburban shopping mall area.  The inside was larger than expected and cheerfully decorated for the holiday season with beautiful poinsettias everywhere.

The staff was very friendly and polite and managed to squeeze our party of seven comfortably in a booth.  We quickly perused the menu and each placed our orders, with our boss ordering a couple extra appetizers for the table to share.  It was surprisingly crowded inside and the chatter was increasing, yet not too loud for our table to hold a conversation.  The popular bread basket arrived and held us over until the food arrived.  The lobster mac & cheese was very decadent and tasty.  The blue crab and shrimp fritters were elegantly presented, but only 3 balls in the portion.  The flavors were quite light and overall nice.  My jumbo shrimp entree was cooked very well with a hint of sweetness from the hickory smoke. The Mediterranean orzo was an interesting mix of flavors with capers, red onions, olives, goat cheese, fennel seeds, and pine nuts - a little too conflicting with one another, but an alternative to a regular side such as potatoes or rice.  Others in our group ordered the Grouper fingers which was a twist to the classic fish and chips; the short smoked salmon with a thick cauliflower mash and mustard sauce; the Mahi Mahi special served with mushrooms and spinach; cheeseburger and fries; and lobster bisque and the crab dip.

Overall, we had a very decent lunch, the portions were just right but we all were still too stuffed for dessert.  It turned out to be a lovely day, so I was glad we took the opportunity for this "field trip" and venture out to Virginia.  Although I doubt I will return anytime soon, due to location, the area itself was charming and seemed to be quite popular.  Coastal Flats is a pleasant American restaurant for those looking for seafood in a laid back atmosphere.

Total Rating: 4.05
Food: 4, Price: 4, Service: 4, Ambience: 5, Accessibility: 3

What I ate:
Blue Crab & Rock Shrimp Fritters
with grilled corn salsa & lobster ginger butter

Lobster Mac 'N Cheese

Hickory Grilled Jumbo Shrimp
with Mediterranean orzo salad, goat cheese & oven roasted tomatoes

  Coastal Flats (Fairfax) on Urbanspoon

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