Another trip to the islands, followed by a Taco Tuesday

It was announced in April that Bahama Breeze Island Grille would be coming to Coastland Center in Naples.

Bahama Breeze is a casual dining chain with a Caribbean-inspired atmosphere and menu from Orlando-based Darden Restaurants Inc. – other eaters in their portfolio include Capital Grille, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Seasons 52, Yard House and Cheddar’s.

I’ve been making the trek three to four times a year to their Fort Myers location. And while I’m super excited about this closer one, which is expected to open before season in late 2023, I’m guessing it will be a while before the crowds dies down (once they discover the excellent menu). I expect I might get to eat there by summer 2024. LOL!

The grilled cheeseburger from Bahama Breeze, Fort Myers.

My favorite dish, which I have written about before, is the skillet-simmered jerk shrimp. It’s large shrimp in a garlic-thyme butter, served with a loaf of warm Cuban bread – so that you can take every drop of juice. Yum!

One of their newer entries, is the “Tropical Chicken Salad” ($13.49). But it’s not chicken salad, like tuna salad. It’s chicken, plus salad, and it features sliced ​​grilled chicken, fresh pineapple, red grapes, strawberries, mandarin oranges, goat cheese, candied almonds and is drizzled with Island vinaigrette. It earns high marks with us!

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