Monday, December 27, 2010

Seattle: Bahama Breeze

Location: Located near the South Center mall in Tukwila and near other restaurants and shopping centers in a stand alone building.

Cuisine: Caribbean and American.

Atmosphere: This is a chain restaurant, and it looks and feels like it. They do make an attempt to make you feel like you're in a Caribbean location, but in the boxed confines of a theme restaurant, similar to Cheeseburger in Paradise. They do manage to pull the theme off better than some other theme restaurants, and if you rarely frequent Bahama Breeze, you may not care and appreciate the efforts that have gone into the theme. However, if you go to places like this on a regular basis, the theme may become a bit old.

Ordering: The menu is pretty consistent with other chain restaurants, so you will find a wide assortment of different food options, and you should have no problems finding something that you're going to want to try.

Service: The waitress was very friendly and patiently answered questions and explaining the menu, sometimes having to reiterate things. Service after we got our food was a little bit spotty and did not come back to refill beverages.

The Food: If you're absolutely dead set against chain restaurants, you're probably not going to like Bahama Breeze, comparing it to places like Applebee's and Friday's. For the rest of us, though, this food is good. There were items here that I haven't found at a lot of other places I've been, such as yucca fries and cinnamon mashed potatoes. I did notice there were two prices for the entrees, a half portion and a full portion. I ordered the half, and I still found that I had enough food, making this a good option if you don't have a place to store leftovers (i.e., you're on vacation with no fridge and microwave to store and reheat later) or if you're in the middle of a busy shopping day.

Verdict: Thumbs up. I thought the food here was good, and I would return. That may be because we don't have a Bahama Breeze near us, and I feel there is still much on the menu that I'd like to explore.

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