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Coastal Flats In The Snow

January 26, 2011

It’s the perfect morning for a big bowl of oatmeal, isn’t it? Thick sleet is falling and coating the roads, making this morning’s commute a pain. Just wait until rush hour tonight, when the heaviest snow is supposed to start falling.

Is it spring yet? 😉

I got a little taste of summer last night when I met Megan for dinner at Coastal Flats at Tysons Corner.

This casual restaurant has a beachy theme that is evident from the decor — rocking chairs, a bar resembling a beachfront patio, fish on the walls — to the menu, which prominently features fish dishes.

While perusing the menu, I was disappointed to see no vegetarian entree options. There was a wide range of salads that could be requested vegetarian and a bunch of delicious-sounding sides — couscous with almonds, seasonal vegetables, cauliflower mash — but no all-veg entree.

There wasn’t much time to be distracted by this, though, because immediately after sitting down, a beautiful basket of bread was delivered to the table. When I Tweeted for menu recommendations for Coastal Flats, multiple people mentioned the awesome rolls.

I have no self-control around a bread basket… or around appetizers that include chips, apparently. Megan and I demolished this delicious hot spinach, Parmesan & artichoke dish.

Cheesy, gooey goodness. Every day since Christmas, I’ve planned to get ‘back on track’ with healthy eating but then a yummy appetizer like this comes along and all my self-control goes out the window. Eating at home is a snap but eating at restaurants, which used to be my strong point, is quickly becoming a downfall.

It’s winter, right? Gotta store up a layer of warmth! 😉

Megan and I ordered the same entree salad: Short Smoked Grilled Salmon Salad: new potatoes, bright red tomatoes, thin beans, grape tomatoes, balsamic onions & new potatoes over mixed field greens with champagne vinaigrette

The salad part of the salad was just mediocre — boring lettuce and grape tomato mix, although the green beans were a nice addition — but the salmon was awesome. Lick-your-plate awesome, really. It had a nice smoky flavor with a little zip of spice. I cleaned my plate so obviously I hated it. 😉

After pretending to be in a summery climate during dinner, it was a letdown to walk outside into the cold dark. Spring is just around the corner — I can feel it! — but right now it’s time to forget about spring and thank God for my 4-wheel drive as I maneuver the highways to work.

Bread/chips basket: keep it or send it away? I’ve heard people advocate telling the server to take away the basket of free apps and not even set it down on the table but I’ve never done it.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2011 7:55 am

    To me, you’re still eating healthy! Health is about a balance, in my opinion. If you’re too strict on yourself you’ll be unhappy. Don’t worrryyyyy 🙂

    AND I dislike bread baskets. Rarely any nutrition in there (when was the last time the basket featured homemade whole multigrain bread?) but I don’t ask the server not to bring it mostly because I forget but also because I don’t want to force my choices on other people I’m eating with who may want the bread. I usually push it away as out of sight as possible from where I’m sitting though!

    • January 26, 2011 7:57 am

      WITH THAT SAID, though, if the bread looks really good and there’s really yummy aioli or seasoned olive oil for dipping, I do let myself indulge in a piece. But then the basket gets pushed out of sight. Portion control!

      • January 26, 2011 1:58 pm

        The bread was REALLY good and from a local bakery. 😀

  2. January 26, 2011 8:16 am

    This weather is ridiculous–the snow just won’t quit. Dinner looks delicious–good call to eat in a beachy restaurant!

    • January 26, 2011 1:59 pm

      Are you getting slammed? It’s supposed to start snowing harder any minute now…

  3. January 26, 2011 12:12 pm

    KEEP! They are seriously the best part 🙂

  4. January 26, 2011 2:23 pm

    Oh my god that all looks delicious!

    I wish I was strong enough to send back bread/chips but I eat them anyway. 🙂

  5. January 26, 2011 2:39 pm

    Mmm Spinach & Artichoke Dip is so good! I’ve never sent the bread basket away…I rarely go out to eat, so when I do, its a treat. I generally order the healthiest thing on the menu wherever I go, so I don’t mind having a piece of bread with my dinner!

  6. January 26, 2011 5:55 pm

    I would feel weird sending the free bread back. If I don’t want any, I just try really hard not to take any (and I usually end up breaking off a piece). One trick I sometimes do with a bread basket is hold off as long as I can (until everyone else has eaten almost all of it) and then I get the very last broken piece 🙂 Salmon salad looks great!

  7. January 26, 2011 6:32 pm

    I’m so jealous you live near this restaurant! I want to try it so bad, but I have no idea when I’ll be in Virginia again!

  8. Kristin permalink
    January 26, 2011 9:04 pm

    HAHA I always say “a layer of warmth.” 🙂 Actually, for us being in Iowa, our winter hasn’t been too hideous. Of course, it’s only January. Our snow goes through March, usually, which is bad because now the days are getting longer and I heard some birds chirping yesterday morning, and I immediately went into spring mode. And it’s still JANUARY. This is when the winter gets longggg for me…

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