Bahamas Breeze pt1 - Orlando / Florida Guide
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Popular with many visitors to Florida is Bahama Breeze - one of a chain of restaurants of the same name, whose first location was in Orlando, and whose parent company also owns The Olive Garden, Longhorn Steak House, Red Lobster and the upmarket Seasons 52, so you can already see that it has a good pedigree!
Bahamas Breeze features food and drink most commonly found in the Caribbean islands and has three locations in Orlando - international Drive, on the 535 at the junction of Vineland Ave with International Drive (by Premium Outlets) and its newest location at Rolling oaks Common on the 192. As we have already intimated this is a hugely popular restaurant and we would strongly advise calling ahead to whichever location you wish to visit. Because of its popularity parking can sometimes be a challenge at busy times, if this is the case, there is always the option of free valet parking - great if you arrive during a rain shower!
Inside the decor features bright Caribbean colours also reflected in the tableware. There are a combination of tables and booths with plenty of greenery and running water to reflect the island theme. Large colonial style ceiling fans compliment the air conditioning.
Each location also has outdoor dining on the deck where ceiling fans keep you cool in summer and patio heaters, warm in the cooler months. Tables cannot be reserved on the deck but are available on a first come first served basis. There are also two bars, one inside and one on the deck, where you can hang out for a drink if you do not wish to eat.
After 5pm, at each location, you will find live music on the deck. The music features steel drums, reggae, and Caribbean music to get you into the feel of the islands. Check out the Bahama Breeze website to see exactly who is playing where at any given time.
Bahama Breeze offers both lunch and dinner menus. It also offers a kids menu and an extensive cocktail menu. If lunch is not your main meal of the day, why not opt for just an appetiser such as West Indian beef patties served with sour cream and apple mango salsa, crab, shrimp, mango and avocado stack or an Island flatbread offered in a variety of flavours? Snacks and smalllates are also offered - ham and cheese croquettes, mojo marinated pork and sweet plantains, or sweet Peruvian corn cakes to name but a few. Hungry? Go for sandwiches or burgers or why not try Key West fish tacos served with
ancho- chilli sour cream. The lunch time menu also features large filling salads and soup and salad combos.
The dinner menu is more extensive with seafood, chicken and beef dishes some of which offer lighter portions for smaller appetites. There is also a fresh fish menu with your choice of Tilapia, Salmon, or Mahi Mahi where you can select your personal preparation - choose wood grilled and jerk painted for a spicy taste or simply grilled with lemon and garlic herb butter for less adventurous taste buds. You can also choose to have your fish freshly sautéed, almond crusted, or with a shrimp and lemon cream sauce.
The kids menu is pretty standard with mac n cheese, chicken tenders and mini hamburgers but also features grilled, fresh fish not commonly found offered to children.
Whatever your taste you are sure to find something on the Bahama Breeze menu and though, possibly, slightly more expensive than say TGI' s or Chilis, the quality of food and the experience make it good value for money.
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