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Restaurant lunch highlights:

Bahama Breeze Island Grille

Bahama Breeze Island Grille

Pleasant lunch in the Archer Triangle

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

BbreezeSFAfter much discussion my UF Entomology & Nematology lunch pals and I decided on an adventure into what I call the Archer Rd. Triangle. Our mission was in search for a tropical island mid-day meal at Bahama Breeze Island Grille deep down in Butler Plaza at 3989 Plaza Blvd.

In all fairness the GLOB Master understands Bahama Breeze possesses the cornerstones of the corporate, big box, food world:

zzGLOBbullet Multi-page, voluminous menu

zzGLOBbullet More lunch entrée choices than should be stuffed into an 18-wheel frozen trailer

zzGLOBbullet Automobiles wrapped around the restaurant from locations as far away as Texas, and New Hampshire.



Still GLOBers. There is still a certain amount of charm about the Bahama Breeze open air, spacious patio. Sometimes the restaurant will have drummers playing kettle steel drums for yet even more island authenticity. The background island beat offers a pleasant, unique sound underneath the gazillion slow-turning ceiling fans creating a feaux-like tropical breeze throughout the sheltered patio.


Bbreeze300PATIOThe first location of Bahama Breeze opened in March 1996 on International Drive in Orlando; its original name was Bahama Breeze Caribbean Grille. The Caribbean theme proved to be a hit, and today there are about 40 locations scattered throughout the country, mostly in suburban retail districts and neighborhoods that are popular with tourists. Bahama Breeze is owned by Darden, the Orlando-based restaurant group that also owns Olive Garden, Long Horn Steakhouse, Seasons 52, Eddie V's, The Capital Grille, and Yard House (it also owned Red Lobster before selling it off in 2014

Special thanks to the B Breeze staff for making my day a little more pleasurable by including a one page Lunch Combo menu.


Where lunch pals Jane Medley, Kathy Milne and her husband Dave were deeply engrossed in scouring the multi-paged menu I was comfortable choosing from an interesting list of entrees named LUNCH COMBOS. Served Monday-Friday from 11 – 4:00 this lunch time information sheet listed ten excellent lunch ideas ranging from:

- Beef Empanadas, ($8.99) consisting of two handmade pastries filled with savory beef and potatoes, and a side of pineapple chutney served with your choice of salad or soup.

- And my choice of the Lobster & Shrimp Quesadilla Combo. ($10.49), consisting of lobster and tender shrimp, with onions, sweet peppers, spinach and our three cheese blend. Griddled and served with tomato salsa and sour cream. This lunch item is served with your choice of salad or soup. {The GLOB Master will go to his death bed hearing his daughter lecture me, "Get over it dad, All lunch entrees are over $10 in New York City . . .") There is a complete Bahama Breeze menu at the restaurant link at the bottom of this page.



My seafood quesadilla was very tasty. The crunch of the toasted tortilla combined with the multitude of lobster and shrimp flavors in these perfectly nice bite size lunch time delicacies made for a delicious lunch. My side of a cup of a very good, creamy Bahamian Seafood Chowder with shellfish and vegetables was a perfect compliment to my bite size seafood delights. The addition of the corn relish, and a large dollop sour cream made for a very special island lunchtime flavor party.



Jane Medley ordered a yummy looking 'plaintain sandwich.': "My lunch was delicious and creative. It was like a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, but instead of bread there were slices of plantains, lightly fried. None of it was greasy, flavor was mild, and the plantains were a good substitute for bread. But I don't think the meal was gluten free, because the chicken seemed to be breaded."



Dave got the Curious Lunch Dude award by selecting the Curry Goat Bowl, ($10.49) identified as, "traditional Caribbean curry made with slow-cooked goat, potatoes, onions and carrots, served over white rice with warm Naan bread. According to Spice it is not 'Naan bread'. It is Naan, a kind of flat bread. The yeasted, doughy, soft, earthy bread that is so good to scoop up curries with.



Kathy selected the BB Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad, ($10.99), with sliced chicken breast, Applewood-smoked bacon, egg, tomato, three cheeses, pumpkin seeds and avocado with your choice of dressing.

It was an impressive table of island lunch entrees we enjoyed and Bahama Breeze did an excellent job of eliminating any, and all Butler Plaza background noise.

I asked the former UF bug school staffers if there was any chance for a return visit to this Butler Plaza island lunch stop.

"I don't know Mikee,' Jane Medley said. "There are a lot of really good restaurants outside of what you call the Archer Rd. Triangle."

The Pluses and Minuses of the Bahama Breeze:

Bahama Breeze (+) indicators: Tasty entrees, different, seafood entrees, Excellent atmosphere.

Bahama Breeze (-) indicators: It could be fun counting the cars that drive by the BB Patio during lunch. Al

Last modified onTuesday, 13 August 2019 03:42

Additional Info

  • Phone Number: 325 378-7555
  • Address: 3989 Plaza Blvd., Gainesville, FL
  • Urban GLOB Location: Archer Road
  • Latitude: 29.628694
  • Longitude: -82.381833
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