Sunday, April 14th, 2013
As a food writer, sometimes I want to go “off the clock” so to speak. For instance, when LC and I visit our neighborhood favorite Goin’ Coastal, often I just eat without taking photos or making notes. Not to mention, I’ve written a magazine article and numerous blog posts about the Virginia Highlands location (the original is in Canton) of this sustainable seafood operation since it opened a couple of years ago. But now it’s been a while and I feel like they deserve some cudos!
After a long day at work, LC will often pick up a takeout order or we’ll meet and dine at the bar, chatting with chef and partner Seth Hendricks. Meanwhile, Joey mixes a mean martini for my sweetie….he likes ‘em a little dirty with blue cheese stuffed olives. Our standard order is a pound of colossal steamed shrimp and a couple of sides including their jalapeno cornbread pudding, served piping hot in its own little casserole dish. On occasion we splurge on the decadent lobster mac, full of succulent lobster claws.
Our recent visit was on a Wednesday when Goin’ Coastal offers a dozen oysters for $5 and the bar was full, so we sat at the hightop by the window, directly in front of the hostess stand (poor girl, we talked to her the whole time). This perspective provided a fresh view of the restaurant’s modern nautical decor, with fresh blue walls framing black and white photos of fishermen with their catch of the day. Next to the photos you’ll find a chalkboard menu with Goin’ Coastal’s catch of the day, prepared to your liking.
We ordered our regular shrimp and sides combo, including a house salad for LC. Huge, wild-caught shrimp were steamed and perfectly seasoned. The cornbread pudding was particularly custardy, but extra spicy.
Our server gathered our empty plates and offered a list of desserts. Key lime pie….no. Cheesecake….no. LC’s got quite a sweet tooth and I have a weakness for bread pudding so when she said chocolate bread pudding, we couldn’t say no. It was served with homemade whipped cream that melted down the warm pudding’s crunchy and chewy crust….even better than I imagined.
The service at Goin’ Coastal is always welcoming and you can count on a great meal….and isn’t that what neighborhood favorites are all about?
1021 Virginia Avenue NE 404-941-9117