Bahama Breeze Island Grille has been on my list of restaurants to try for quite some time. I remember the first time I saw one of the restaurants when we were shopping at a mall well over an hour a way from us. We caught a glimpse of the outside and it looked like such a fun place to eat. I told myself the next time we planned a trip up to the mall, we’d would stop in for a visit. I’m sure you can guess how well that turned out. When I learned that one was opening up in the Princeton Marketfair in Princeton, New Jersey, I was thrilled. We’re always in the area and I knew we’d had to make plans to get in there to try it out. So I was pretty excited when Bahama Breeze invited me in to try out their new Viva La ‘Rita menu offerings. If you follow me on social media, you probably saw some of the goodness I was sharing yesterday while we were there. Today I wanted to share all of the yummy food we had a chance to try!
My immediate impression was a great one. The restaurant was spotless, beautifully decorated and every single host and hostess we saw were extremely nice. Everyone greeted us like we were an old friend and that speaks a lot about a restaurant. I’ve been in some where I’ve been made to feel like I’m bothering them by just walking in. Not at Bahama Breeze. Everyone, from the greeter to the management, was amazing.
We started off with a sampling off their new margarita menu – the Three Little Ritas. It includes 3 mini versions of their new margaritas – Grilled Pineapple, Hibiscus and Key Lime Pie. They were almost to pretty to drink – almost! The toughest part was figuring out which one to try first.
I’m a pink gal so I started with Hibiscus. Made with Sauza Silver, hibiscus and sugarcane juice, this was hands down my favorite of the three. It was a tough choice because they were all amazing, but if I had to pick one, this would be it.
Since I love pineapple, I moved onto the Grilled Pineapple next. It’s made with Reposado, charred pineapple puree and sugarcane juice with notes of almond, ginger cloves and lime. I loved the hint of charred pineapple against the sweetness of the drink. It made for a perfect combination.
Last but certainly not least was the Key Lime Pie which tasted just like the perfect piece of pie only kickier.
Now let’s talk about the food shall we? I mean that is the reason most of us eat out to begin with. I have to start with my favorite dish right now. Firecracker Shrimp. I’m sitting here typing this and drooling over the pictures. I scanned right by this on the menu. It was until our awesome server suggested we try it did I give it a second thought.
Boy am I glad I did. It. was. amazing. That’s all I can say about it. I was prepared to fight my husband for the last piece. Thankfully he’s a gentleman and let me stuff it in my mouth without saying a word. It was so good, I may be heading back this weekend for a to-go box or two of these. You’re next visit give these babies a try. You won’t be disappointed.
We also had an assortment of appetizers that were all equally delicious. I have to give a special mention to the Chicken Empanadas. I have yet to find a restaurant (commercial or family owned) that can make empanadas better than mine. I think I found them at Bahama Breeze.
Crispy, flaky and full of delicious chicken goodness. I could eat these as a meal by themselves.
For my main course I wanted to try something off the seasonal menu and went with the Sautéed Tilapia. It was served with rice and mashed potatoes for a perfect dinner combination.
My husband chose the Mahi Mahi with a mango salsa topped with lump crab meat. For the sake of writing this, I had to try some of it. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was even better than mine.
They had a great selection of kids choices and my son went with the burgers and fresh fruit.
Overall I can’t say enough great things about Bahama Breeze Island Grille. It’s been awhile that I’ve been to a restaurant where everything exceeded my expectations. In fact I can’t wait to go back and try their regular menu. It was really hard to decide on what to order because everything sounded so mouthwatering.
I’ve already told my husband this is where I want to go for my birthday dinner in May. Although I really don’t think I can wait that long to go back. Don’t worry I’ll share all the other amazing dishes I try on my next trip. But for now, be sure to check out all of the “Margarita Mondays” specials going on now – April 10th. Try one (or all six) of their new margaritas, $20 pitchers and more!
If you visit the Princeton Marketfair location be sure to tell the manager Dawn sent you! If you’re heading out to eat this weekend, check out your local Bahama Breeze. You won’t be disappointed!
Disclosure: We were invited to enjoy a complementary dinner at Bahama Breeze. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.