Bahama Breeze Late Night Appetizers & Drinks
Bahama Breeze, a chain of island-resort-themed restaurants mainly located on the East Coast with a few Midwest outposts, invited me out to sample a few menu items to promote their new late night appetizer menu. From 9 pm until closing, most of their regular appetizers are now available at half the price, and if you’re a regular reader, you know anything that honors night owls appeals to me. They’ve also added some new drinks to their list of legendary island cocktails, which the press release describes as “10 authentic, custom-made drinks sourced from world-famous island bars and created with the same techniques and ingredients that made them famous.” Everything I’ve reviewed in this column was provided free of charge by Bahama Breeze.
With my husband and a friend in tow, we arrived at the 3309 Wake Forest Road location in Raleigh.
This is the only Bahama Breeze I have been to, and this was only the second time I’ve visited, the first being nearly three years ago when I checked out their White Satin cocktail. The restaurant has been crowded on both occasions, obviously a popular dining spot for this area of Raleigh. I think they do a great job of capturing the atmosphere of large, open-air resorts in the Caribbean minus two important elements: mosquitoes and humidity. I won’t complain about their absence.
Drinks were first on our agenda, and we ordered from that Legendary Cocktail menu. Friend #1 ordered the zombie, and I admit being charmed by the awesome zombie head stir stick.
I’m pretty easy to win over, folks. The zombie, made with Myer’s dark rum, Barbancourt and Bacardi rums, and DeKuyper peach schnapps had less kick than these potent drinks normally do, which I consider an improvement if you’re familiar with their typically strong rum punch.by