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Bahama Breeze - the very name conjures up visions of Caribbean beaches, soft silvery sand under your bare feet, and tall palms wafting gently in the breeze. This very special Caribbean-inspired restaurant first opened in Orlando, on International Drive, and now there are 32 locations in the US, with two in the Orlando area. A second Bahama Breeze can be found at 8735 Vineland Ave.
It was the name, ‘Bahama Breeze’ which attracted us in the first place as we love the Caribbean, and to experience a taste of the Caribbean in Orlando was the perfect combination. Our beautiful villa, Tropical Dream, has a Caribbean feel, and we have combined our love of the Caribbean with our passion for Florida in its décor. So we could not resist a visit to Bahama Breeze
This restaurant is certainly different, and if, like us, you are ready for a change from the many ‘eat all you can’ buffet restaurants, hamburgers and dare I say it, steaks, then a trip to a Bahama Breeze restaurant may be just the answer.
The restaurant itself is bright and airy, with a tropical atmosphere enhanced by its high ceilings, palm tree décor, and the use of rich woods. There is a large porch outside with plenty of tables and chairs, and the ultimate in relaxation, wicker hanging chairs, and beyond there is a patio area. Dining can be inside or outside, but it does get very busy, so you may have to sit and sip one of their famous Margaritas – but I am sure you will be able to cope with this slight inconvenience once you sample the delights of their signature frozen Margaritas or their best, Bahamarita. During the evening you may even be lucky enough to catch the live music, with reggae or a live steel drum.
All you need to do is sit back, close your eyes, and soak up the Caribbean atmosphere as you are serenaded by the sound of steel drums. It’s a delicious way to relax after a busy day at the parks.
As for the food, well it is Caribbean inspired and served to you in an appetising and eye catching way. At lunch time you can start with a mouth-watering range of starters, which include Coconut Shrimp, and Jamaican Grilled Chicken Wings – marinated in a spicy jerk seasoning. There are entrée salads such as Crispy Chicken Club Salad, and Fresh Ahi Tuna Salad, as well as soups.
There is an array of sandwiches, served with fries, fresh fruit salad or light pasta salad, as well as combos. The specialities include Almond Crusted Fresh Fish, and Breeze Wood-Grilled Chicken Breast.
At dinner you can try seafood, beef, pork or chicken, such as West Indies Ribs, Teriyaki Steak, or Wood Grilled Pork. To accompany these delights there is pasta, mashed sweet potato, garlic potato, rice and broccoli.
If you have room after your entrée, then you just cannot miss one of their delicious and highly calorific sweets. But you can do some damage limitation by sharing – try the huge portion of Key Lime Pie, or the Pina Colada Bread Pudding, or maybe Jose’s Chocolate Tres Leches – a rich and moist South American cake topped with a dark chocolate mousse and fresh strawberries. Just don’t hop on the scales after this one!
Children are not forgotten and there is a kids’ menu with Crispy Chicken and fries, pizza, Bowtie Mac’n Cheese, and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.
Of course you will need a drink to accompany your meal and there are over 50 beers to choose from – including Bass ale, and Guinness, Bud, Grolsch, Newcastle Brown, Harp, Heineken and many many more from around the world. But in my opinion you will not be able to resist the freshly squeezed juices or attractively presented tropical drinks such as their Ultimate Pina Colada, or their non-alcoholic Lemon Breeze, made with sugar cane juice.
Whatever you choose you will have an evening to remember and a great meal.
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