Growing up in Huntington Beach I used to frequent the Islands restaurant on Brookhurst with my friends It was such a fun place to hang out!. Then I grew up and I moved away. Luckily there was another Islands close to me in Laguna Hills but that one soon shut down. With only 1 remaining Islands left in Mission Viejo I didn’t dine there as much because it was a bit out of the way on the 3rd floor of a busy mall.
But there is an Islands in the Tustin Marketplace and Erin and I got a chance to check it out. The interior is clean and refreshing. Unlike the one in Fountain Valley there are no large parrots hanging from palm trees which makes the restaurant feel airy. There are 16 large TV in the restaurant and 12 of them is 65 inches! It is the perfect scene to watch the game with a cold beer and a tasty burger.
I started off with a refreshing cocktail called a Big Island Iced Tea.This drink is a tropical take on a Long Island Iced Tea. They keep the vodka, gin, tequila, rum, and triple sec and then add pineapple juice and strawberry puree. It tasted like a vacation in a glass!
Next came the cheese fries. Seriously, who can resist those melty wedges of deliciousness? If you can then I give you lots of credit. I have no will power or discipline when it comes to melted cheese. I also tried the onion rings for the first time. They were awesome. I liked how they were super crispy without being burnt. They totally reminded me of Maui.
Up next is the Mavericks Burger. It had BBQ sauce, Island Reds,american cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles & mayo. Personally I thought this burger was a little too sweet but my friend really enjoyed it. If I were to order it again I would ask for the BBQ sauce on the side. We paired it with sweet potato fries which went great with this burger.
For those of you looking for a lighter choice I suggest you try the China Coast Salad. This salad contains Grilled & chilled chicken breast, mandarin oranges, snow peas, water chestnuts, lettuce, carrots, fried noodles, sesame seeds & scallions, tossed w/sesame dressing. The dressing is simply amazing and I am certain you will enjoy it.
Of course we couldn’t leave without eating dessert. Don’t be silly now, all good meals must end with chocolate. So we opted for the Kona Pie. It was the perfect end to a perfect meal. I was so full from eating here I didn’t eat again until breakfast the next morning.
For more information visit www.islandsrestaurants.com