We continue from Active Eats.
Coastal Eats joins Active Eats and Earth Eats behind Club Cool 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.
Coastal Eats returns all three food items this year. Both wines are new.
Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado Lemongrass Cream – $5.25
As far as five-dollar-and-change 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. It doesn’t necessarily beg a purchase, but I think you’ll be satisfied with what you receive.
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.
A to Z Wineworks Pinot Gris – $5
This is poured from a $13 bottle, which makes the $5 pour a below average value on that front. Fortunately, this is an easy-drinking white wine with soft tannins and a pleasant citrus flavor mellowed with pear and melon. This is about as straightforward as wine gets, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
ROCO Gravel Road Pinot Noir – $6
At $25, the bottle price is almost twice the Pinot Gris, yet the pour at the Festival is only a dollar more. The wine is dark and luscious with a bright cherry flavor backed up by plum and fig that linger on the tongue.
Overall, Coastal Eats offers three compelling dishes all at pretty reasonable prices given the cost of seafood. I would order any of them again, probably along with a glass of the Pinot Noir.
We continue with the Light Lab, reviewed here.