This month, Terry features Coastal Provisions Market which can be found in Southern Shores.The Coastal Cantina and Coastal Cravings are in Duck, NC. Come and enjoy this unique trio.
I have a confession to make. I am addicted to the crab cakes. Chock full of succulent lump crab meat, delicately seasoned, minimal filler, lightly coated in a panko crust, crisp on the outside, moist and delicious on the inside – a bite of these crab cakes is the perfect morsel, especially when paired with their creamy, slightly spicy remoulade sauce.
My mouth is already watering! I have to stop this!
Owners Scott Foster and Dan Lewis opened Coastal Provisions Market in Southern Shores six years ago with the goal of providing great tasting food to the Outer Banks. Indeed, their mantra is “It’s About Taste; It’s About Service; It’s About Pleasure”, and Scott and Dan never fail to deliver. Coastal Provisions Market is a unique establishment which defies categorization. Part deli, part grocery, part wine shop, part meat and seafood purveyor, and part restaurant, the Market offers a wide array of food and services. About a third of the space is devoted to a grocery where shoppers can find fresh produce and other gourmet ingredients. There is also meat case in which premium meats such as beef tenderloin or their house-made sausage are displayed, along with fresh seafood, much of it locally caught. A deli counter offers take-home prepared meals, and sandwiches featuring a selection of deli meats roasted in-house, and ciabatta bread, made fresh daily. The remainder of the space houses a selection of unique wines, dining tables for their dinner service, and a wine bar where patrons are welcomed to wine tastings. This section is known as the Wine Bar Café. Outside, there is the new Oyster Bar, which, during the warmer months, is full of people enjoying great food and a glass of wine or beer while watching a sporting event on the large flat-screen TV or listening to live music on summer evenings. In short, Coastal Provisions Market is where you go to find whatever you are looking for at the moment. For me, that’s usually their crabcakes!
The Wine Bar Café at Coastal Provisions Market serves dinner on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Soft lighting and music make this a very comfortable space for enjoying any one of the small plates, salads, or signature entrees offered on the menu. The small plates are a little larger than a typical appetizer and feature such delectable choices as Mini-Crabcakes with Remoulade Sauce, Oysters Rockefeller with Peppered Bacon, Spinach, and Blue Cheese Sauce, or Lamb Chops with Minted Zucchini. And how’s this for a salad: Chevre and Beet Salad which consists of Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese and fresh Beets with Arugula, Balsamic, and Crispy Leeks? Signature Entrees include their award-winning Crabcakes (You knew that was coming, didn’t you!), prime beef steaks, Seared Scallops with Pancetta, Butternut Squash, and Spinach over Fettuccine, finished with Truffle Oil and Parmiggiano Reggianno, or Mushroom Ravioli over Porcini Broth with Oven-Dried Tomatoes, Leeks, and Broccolini. The ingredients are high-quality and the flavors are always exquisite. The menu changes seasonally, but the prices remain moderate with Entrees ranging from about $18 to $25.
In addition, there are over 20 wines available by the glass or half-glass. Diners can also choose any wine off the shelves to enjoy with their dinner at the regular retail price. What this means is that there is no restaurant mark-up on the wine, which results in the best wine prices you will find in any restaurant. Where else can you enjoy a half-glass of wine for as little as $3 or a six ounce pour for as little as $5? Dan, a trained sommelier, is always happy to recommend the perfect wine for your meal.
You might think owning a place that is this all-encompassing and busy, in addition to operating a thriving catering business, would be all two guys could handle. But, there’s more! Dan and Scott have gone on to open two additional dining spots. One is Coastal Cravings in Duck; the second is Coastal Cantina, located on the sound in the Waterfront Shops, also in Duck.
Coastal Cravings is located in what used to be the Burger King. It now is the only drive-through eatery in Duck. Coastal Craving serves up breakfast and lunch all year. It features the same great crab cakes, fried seafood baskets and steamed seafood buckets, and sandwiches made with their house-roasted deli meats and fresh ciabatta bread. Yes, you can get wine and beer to go as long as it is in a closed container. In case you are interested, apparently a case of beer actually does fit through the drive-up window.
Coastal Cantina serves a fabulous Tex-Mex menu, along with frozen sangria and margaritas and other thirst quenchers. You’ll find quesadillas, pizzadillas, soft tacos, and burritos on the menu, along with fresh made salsa, fresh made guacamole, and a killer queso dip. Sit on the deck, take in the gorgeous sound views, listen to some terrific music on summer evenings, and enjoy delicious Tex-Mex food. It doesn’t get any better!
Scott and Dan are also very active in charitable events throughout the Outer Banks Community, even sponsoring their own Duck and Wine Festival which is held on the soundside deck at the Waterfront Shops in Duck at the end of April. Each participating chef is provided with duck to be used in the creation of a special dish which is paired with wine. Ticket holders are treated to all sorts of unique duck dishes from Duck Chili to Duck Spring Rolls. The wine is available for purchase at Coastal Cantina. Live music and beautiful sound views complete this wonderful afternoon. Best of all, the proceeds are donated to charity. This event routinely sells out early. If you can’t get tickets this year, be sure to put The Duck and Wine Festival on your calendars for next year!
OK…I’m going for crabcakes at Coastal Provisions!