Neighborhood Eats: Coastal Flats
Comments () | Published March 25, 2008
Coastal Flats - Fairfax
Address: 11901 Grand Commons Ave. , Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 571-522-6300
Neighborhood: Fairfax
Cuisines: Seafood, An example of a traditional Southern meal is deep fried chicken, field peas, turnip greens, cornbread, sweet tea and a dessert that could be a pie (sweet potato, pecan and peach are traditional southern pies), or a cobbler (peach, blackberry or mixed berry are traditional cobblers)., Modern, Fusion/Eclectic, American
Opening Hours: Open Sunday and Monday 11 AM to 10 PM; Tuesday through Thursday 11 to 11; Friday and Saturday 11 AM to midnight.
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Crab-and-rock-shrimp fritters in ginger butter; goat-cheese salad; coastal shrimp roll; steamed seabass with soy and sherry; smoked beef ribs; crab cakes; banana pudding; key lime pie; chocolate waffle.
This fudgy waffle is the signature dessert at Coastal Flats. Photograph by Stacy Zarin-Goldberg.

With chandeliers that look as though they were pulled from a Hemingway estate sale, these dining rooms—part of the Great American Restaurants chain—are full of thoughtful touches: all-booth seating, soda refills before you ask, and a bread basket brimming with savory doughnut holes and fresh cheese bread. The fusiony menu pulls inspiration from the Atlantic shoreline but also from the Yucatán, Hong Kong, and beyond.

What to get: Crab-and-rock-shrimp fritters in ginger butter; goat-cheese salad with pecans and cranberries; fried salt-and-pepper shrimp on a grilled bun; steamed sea bass in soy and sherry; tangy smoked beef ribs; plump crab cakes; banana pudding; chocolate waffle.

-March, 2008 

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