Coastal Eats joins Active Eats and Earth Eats behind Club Cool and Innoventions West in Future World. The three Marketplaces share a centralized area with high-top tables and a variety of other ledges suitable for stopping and enjoying a couple food and drink items.
Unlike the other two Eats Marketplaces, Coastal doesn’t borrow any of its dishes from past Festivals.
The three food items along with the new Sweet Avocado Crema available from Active Eats pulling up the rear.
Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado Lemongrass Cream – $5
As far as five dollar crab cakes go, this thoroughly impressed. The cake was light, but surprisingly dense, with a good ratio of crab to other stuff. The slaw on the bottom added some vinegar along with a nice fresh crunchy vibe and helped cut a bit of the fishiness from the crustacean. Avocados make another appearance here, this time with a creamy, nutty character mixed in with the herb-y lemongrass that also lent an aromatic quality to the flavor profile.
You might remember that Disney charged $1.25 more for a “Crabless Crab Cake” during this year’s Flower and Garden Festival. Paying less and actually getting crab seems like an all-around win.
Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette – $5.50
This was packed with butter, garlic, cheese, shrimp, and herbs and served with two long slices of fresh sourdough that pairs really nicely against the rich creamy cheesiness of the dip. It might be more of a November dish than a September dish, but I thought it was deliciously decadent and a good value given the size and amount of shrimp.
Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-Chipotle Butter Sauce – $6
The scallops here were on the small side – that is not some sort of giant mutant corn underneath. But the butter sauce was incredibly addicting with a delicious spicy quality tempered by the richness of the butter and the scallops themselves were tender and expertly seared. The corn and lima beans underneath did a nice job of soaking up the flavors from the sauce and added a lot of heft to the dish. Altogether, it was a flavorful, filling dish for the money. Disney’s scallop streak continues.
Erath Pinot Gris – $6
Store Price: 51 cents/ounce
Festival Price: $3/ounce
This is fruit-forward white wine with a lingering apple-y pear aftertaste. It’s stupid overpriced at the Festival this year. A bottle is yours for $13 compared to the $6 price.
Soter Planet Oregon Pinot Noir – $7
Store Price: 83 cents/ounce
Festival Price: $3.50/ounce
Value: Below average.
It’s $1 more expensive than the Pinot Gris, but the retail bottle price is also around $8 more, making it a better potential value. Otherwise hailing from the Willamette Valley, the texture is silky with a rich berry character. Definitely a smarter buy than the Erath at the Festival.
Overall, Coastal Eats offers what should be three compelling new dishes all at pretty reasonable prices given the cost of seafood. I would order any of them again.