Recently a friend of ours Rori Paul, of Rori Travels Florida, invited us to a menu sampling at the Bahama Breeze restaurant on Vineland Ave. Their menu is made up of tropical tastes as well as burgers, salads and other classic favorites.
On this night we were invited to sample several delicious menu items along with some new drinks. The first thing that was brought to us was a salsa and chips; this included not only regular chips but also plantain chips as well, which was a nice twist.
Next they brought us their coconut shrimp, now you may be thinking “everyone and their brother has coconut shrimp now days” and you’d be right, what sets this coconut shrimp apart is the fact that they dip theirs in Coco Lopez, a coconut milk, before they batter and fry them and let me tell you it makes a difference that you can taste.
If you’re a vegetarian take heart, you’ve not been forgotten they have a several wonderful things to try. They served us a White Bean Humus with baked flat bread crackers and here’s the twist not only is it served with carrot and celery sticks but they also include red pepper sticks as well. We also sampled their Mojo-Marinated Pulled Pork which is served over sweet plantains with a sweet and smokey barbecue sauce. We were served a Chicken quesadilla, Cheeseburger Sliders, Conch Fritters and some delicious Sweet Peruvian Corn Cakes that were served with a roasted pineapple salsa and finally Chicken Empanadas which are served in handmade pastries.
Intermittently through the night we were also served a few of their new Legendary Island Cocktails. The first was a Barbados Rum Punch featuring Mount Gay Rum and a sprinkling of nutmeg. Then we sampled their Parrot Passion from Puerto Rico featuring Cointreau and Bacardi Limon but the hands down favorite of the night was the Painkiller from the British Virgin Islands. This drink was cool and refreshing featuring Pusser’s Dark Rum and Cream of Coconut – delicious.
After the sampling was over we ordered a dessert on our own and folks let me just say; if you only allow yourself dessert every once in a great while you have got to try their Banana Nut Bread Supreme. Its slices of warm banana bread served with vanilla ice cream, with hot, homemade butterscotch brandy sauce topped with sliced almonds and, whipped cream, it is so good.
Needless to say we had a great time, the company was wonderful, the food and drinks were delicious and the staff was friendly and attentive. So the next time you’re in Orlando look for a Bahama Breeze, they have several in the area, stop in for a taste of the tropics, you won’t be disappointed.
Originally Published on July 10th, 2012