Happy hours are completely underrated . The sheer multitude of amazing deals available from those brief but glorious hours from 4-7pm is astounding. I have no problem paying good money for quality food, but there’s no passing up a great deal that can easily substitute for dinner. If you haven’t noticed from my reviews, I prefer simple menus with fewer selections, as limiting your options relieves the stress of choice overload, freeing you up to you to enjoy the food, ambiance, company, and overall experience. Tommy Bahamas Island Grille totally gets this.
That area by the t-bone intersection of PCH and MacArthur contains a cluster of happy hour choices, and a turn one way or the other will take you to even more . A left will take you to Laguna Beach, where the parking is what nightmares are made of, and a right will take you to
Mordor Mariner’s Mile, where yipping puppies search for salvation from their hooched up, botoxed owners. As far as I’m concerned, the best option is to just say “fuck it” and turn into the Corona Del Mar Plaza, before you hit that intersection of doom.
Tommy Bahamas’ happy hour menu is short and sweet: some reds, some whites, some beers, and some appetizers, everything for $6 each. The menu changes week to week, and if you’re lucky you’ll be able to try their famous coconut shrimp for a few bucks less. If not, no worries, chances are there will be something else to catch you eye. It’s best to bring a few friends along, because sharing is caring, and sharing is also a way to try more things and expand your palate.
Wanting a nibble of everything, we opt for the Goat Cheese and Pork Quesadilla, Prime Sliders, Fish Tacos, and Seared Ahi Tuna. The quesadilla was unexpectedly flavorful, though the goat cheese was melted a bit too much, resulting in a drippy mess in my lap. The amount of perfectly-seared ahi served over some mixed greens was generous, crusted with peppercorns and melting in your mouth. The fish tacos were topped with some island sauce and cabbage, giving a crisp clean feeling in every sweetly seasoned bite of halibut. The noteworthy pick was definitely the sliders (“What a surprise, he liked the burger” said everyone who knows me). Juicy little pucks of meat placed on housemade guacamole, topped with tomato jam and dry-aged jack cheese, and encased in a soft, buttery bun.
Though the menu is ever-changing, the service is consistent, friendly, and reliable. Orders are taken quickly and efficiently, and seating is first come first serve at the bar, indoors and on the patio. Tommy Bahamas refers to it’s happy hour as Island Time, which seems pretentious, but when you’re sitting on the patio, enjoying the weather, people watching, and tasty offerings, you get it.
Mile-High Club First-Class Business Economy
Check ’em out at:854 Avocado Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92660