Tommy Bahama Island Grille Restaurant Review:
This location of the Tommy Bahama franchise taps into the upscale yet relaxed ambience of Corona del Mar by creating a toned-down version of the bright décor and tropical greenery that festoons the chain’s other outposts. Ladies-who-lunch and the nearby Newport Beach business crowd show up at midday and hang out at the cozy enclosed patio, while couples, families and big groups celebrate in the evenings with strong cocktails, cold brews and good by-the-glass wine selections. Chef Jackie Nabong brings some island flair to each dish and utilizes fresh, seasonal ingredients. For appetizers, try the sweet-and-spicy coconut shrimp and the Nashville hot chicken sliders. The spinach salad with candied walnuts, grilled Asian pears, goat cheese and warm bacon vinaigrette is an ideal salad for the local clientele to enjoy. A classic no-nonsense cheeseburger satisfies hearty appetites and picky palates. Seafood dishes like the cilantro and ginger crusted mahi mahi fit in with the surroundings. Desserts are just as appealing, as in Key lime pie and creamy butterscotch pudding. After eating, stroll through the neighboring Tommy Bahama store for beach-inspired clothing and home items.