Restaurant: Coastal Flats
Location: 7860-L Tysons Corner CenterMcLean, VA 22102(703) 356-1440
Date: Nov 30, 2010
Cuisine: Southern Coastal American
This place is part of a small local chain of one-off’s. That is, each restaurant in the group has a different name and menu. While they’re slightly commercial, they do a good job. Everything is tasty and reliable. Not innovative or fancy, but good. In a world dominated by chains the complete one-off restaurant is dying at the midrange level. In particular, they seem unable to secure leases in these coveted mall-type spaces. Probably the mall authorities are unwilling to take a risk. However, not all chains are totally evil — just most! — you know who you are Olive Garden et all!
The menu. Not so disimilar to the little non-chain Eastern Shore places I remember as a kid, just bigger and more internationalized.
Crab cakes, with cous-cous. I didn’t try the sandwich, but the cous-cous was very tasty, with a slighly sweet flavor.
A grilled salmon sandwich, not on the menu, but they improvised.
The lobster roll. This was GOOD. The corn was very sweet, and the lobster tender and fresh. The fries were excellent too.
The remains of the fried grouper my two-year-old enjoyed. He was particularly partial to the applesauce.
I love tartar and cocktail sauces with my fries. This tartar, i have to say, was one of the best I’ve had. There were capers, and an excellent lemony tang.
The flour-less chocolate waffle is awesome.
The commercial-style decor. Nothing wrong with it, but not a lot of character either. Service is always very good at these places, in that way that tells you they have a formal staff training program.