28
Oct
2010

Dive Coastal Cuisine

“Do you like Dive Coastal Cuisine?” It’s a question that many moms asked me when I say that I’m a passionate blogger on food and restaurants for kids. With such a flurry of talk on the street (or rather… playgroups), our two Super Hero Itty Bitty Foodies donned on their best capes (a.k.a tea towels courtesy of Nanna when she was in England) to see if there was anything fishy about the scene.

Upon entering this Snider Plaza restaurant, our Super Itty Bitty Foodies were transported from landlocked Dallas to somewhere along the coast where the people are sunkissed and happy. The décor was certainly no dive but more Socal meets St Kilda Beach (a popular hipster hangout in Australia where I come from) – a large aluminum counter with cheery staff meet customers, an all white banquette lounges along one wall surrounded by Emeco aluminum chairs and mid century modern accents compliment the artwork in hues of the turquoise and aqua. The vibe is casual cool with a dash of flip flops. We could almost smell the sea… almost.

The ‘Kids Korner’ beckoned our super heroes, and they fell under the spell of Lego while us, human parents descended upon the counter to order dinner.

 

 
The simple chalkboard menu of dishes prepared with organic produce, seasonal seafood, creative salads (think Peruvian crab with potato salad), on-the-go wraps and sandwiches were healthy choices for super hero appetites. “Nothing is reheated and everything is made to order” states their website
 
   
Little bits of chorizo added bite to Pikelet’s delicious mussels swimming fresh in Champagne broth. The fish tacos done 3 ways pleased everyone. Lollo especially liked the soy marinated grilled fish taco, while Beefcake and I wolfed down the classic Baja fried fish taco and zingy spicy shrimp taco. We liked that the fish was made of grouper not the usual tilapia. The special of the night, grilled halibut dolloped with a cilantro cream sauce was a simply well executed.

 

We don’t usually order from the kid’s menu but we couldn’t resist the Crudités plate, a pretty selection of  fresh cut fruit and vegetables served with a cream cheese dip and peanut butter and honey. There’s a nice selection of frappés, juices, cocktails, microbeers, and organic iced teas (though the ice tea bar was awkwardly located behind the counter).

 

Our Super Hero Itty Bitty Foodies dove right in and surfaced with full tummies. Fresh food and an ‘awwweeesome Kid’s Korner Mama!’ What’s not to like?

Till our next Happy Meal – may we suggest you dive right in!

Itty Bitty Info:

  • Food: Fresh fresh fresh!
  • Ambience: Beachy airy. Bring your flip flops.
  • Service: Counter service.
  • Kid Friendliness:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
  • Cost:  Expect to pay $7-10 for a sandwich/wrap and $15 and upwards for an entree. It ain’t cheap but then again you’re not subjected to catfish.
  • Itty Bitty Foodies Tip: There’s also non-seafood choices in the kids menu like Baby bbq sandwich.
  • Parent Foodies Tip: The place is getting popular, if you don’t want to wait, call in and get it to go. They also offer delivery. Click here.

For more information on hours, location and all that good stuff : go to Dive Coastal Cuisine

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7 Responses

  1. Elizabeth P

    Tried Dive yesterday for lunch, and was so pleased to find no crowd (although in Dallas that is too often a scary predictor). The food was great and the service too. I had the tacos 3 ways, and can’t decide which was my favorite. Had my eye on several items on the menu, so will have to go back.

    I was a little disappointed in the kids menu. I think that too often restaurants take the easy way out with chicken nuggets, pb&j, grilled cheese, etc. I don’t make chicken nuggets at home – why would i want my kids to eat them when we go out?? We ordered the kids coconut shrimp and it was SO sweet. Why not just offer a single taco for kids, or a smaller slider plate? Making smaller versions of adult food has got to be just as easy, if not easier, than making something completely different for smaller bellies.

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