I recently received a phone call from a new guy that liked me wanting to meet up after work for a drink. I had to work late so I wasn’t going to be able to meet until late that night. Being that this was our first meeting I definitely wanted to meet out. It was also important to pick a place that would fit within my budget in case we ended up going dutch on the bill. Since we were meeting in Brandon, Bahama Breeze was perfect because they have reverse happy hour which starts at 9pm.
The restaurant is located at Westfield Brandon Mall. Guests can dine inside at the bar or in the dining room or outside on the patio. It was a little chilly so I chose to sit inside at a booth. I arrived before him so I had time to peruse the menu to decide what I wanted to eat. I also had time to order myself a drank as a treat for making it through my 12 hour marathon day. The Bahama Rita was the drink of choice for the night and it was just what I needed.
When he arrived he shared with me he had already eaten, which ruined my plans for sampling several items on the happy hour menu since I would now be eating alone. Instead I chose just one, the tostones with chicken looked like it would be filling enough to satisfy my late night munchies. Composed of thinly sliced plantain chips topped with an adobo sauce with small bits of chicken and melted cheese, this dish was good. It was filling but I was disappointed with the limited amount of chicken especially given that it is a highlighted component of the title and description. I mean seriously I would have questioned if there was any chicken in it at all if I had not seen small bits of chicken beneath the cheese myself.
I ate and drank and went home knowing I would definitely have to come back to taste more of the menu and I did. I came back the following week with one of my girlfriends. We were both hungry when we arrived so we were anxious to eat, drink and commiserate about our busy week.
We ordered the Beef Empanadas, Shrimp & Lobster Quesadilla, and Carribbean Chicken Wings.
The chicken wings were good and not too spicy even though they were seasoned with jerk seasoning. They were actually a little salty but the sweetness of barbeque sauce which accompanied the wings balanced the flavor some.
The beef empanadas were stuffed with a curry beef filling. It was good especially when paired with the cream sauce served alongside.
The shrimp and lobster quesadillas were also good. The butter used on the outside of the tortilla added a funny flavor to the quesadilla but the filling was ok. I am not sure I would order it again though.
As you know I am a fan of happy hour and at Bahama Breeze there is a wide variety of food and drink items available at a discount during happy hour. The menu is sure to have something that everyone will enjoy so it’s a great choice for meeting up with a group of friends. Since happy hours occur twice daily, you have more than one opportunity to take advantage of these great deals.
The check for the two of us was $25 including the three appetizers and two drinks. That’s an outing suitable for any budget, even if you only have pennies in your pocket.
** Even though we have two Bahama Breeze restaurants in the Tampa Bay Area, only one location offers happy hour so please check your local listings first.