The Islands Restaurant Review
One of the famous regional restaurant chains across the US is the Islands Fine Burgers and Drinks popularly known as the Islands. For those of us for whom the islands seem to be less familiar, we have a Islands Restaurant Review that brings to you, all the juicy details about the dining experience called the Islands.
History of the Islands
The company was started in 1982 by Tony Degrazier, a famous entrepreneur in his time. The first restaurant was situated in West Los Angeles and has currently spread to more than 50 locations in Hawaii, California, Colorado, Nevada and Arizona. Currently the company is based in Carlsbad. It is interesting to note that the company does not franchise out unlike its competitors who aim to capture global markets by franchising out. They started out with a philosophy ‘serve fresh, great food with a friendly service in a fun atmosphere.
The Islands Review
- The Islands are well known for hamburgers and specialty drinks with an ambience of tropical theme to greet the customers with. A variety of other food items is also available besides the hamburger. One can choose from among a list of appetizers, salads, soups, soft Tacos, sandwiches, Paradise’s Bikini Beach (items containing less than 680 calories), desserts, Gremmie menu for the kids, smoothies and drinks.
- They offer an online take-out facility where order can be placed in a few simple steps and customized to your liking.
- For those of you using a tastecard, there have been incidents when the restaurant service has come across as not so friendly and welcoming for customers using tastecards. The hospitality cannot be termed as top notch too at some Islands locations.
- The prices stated on the menu seem to be quite affordable but don’t be surprised if you find your bill to be more than what you expected due to all the surcharges applied.
- The hamburger alone has around 13 varieties that can be devoured in a go. These include the Big Wave consisting of lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and mustard, Bleunami (full of Bleu cheese dressing, lettuce, tomato, red onions and crumbled Bleu),to name a few.
- The Island Restaurants have a loyal fan-following of customers who can vouch for the food and the service. People who have never had a bad experience at the Islands term the service to be the best in class.
- The restaurant is involved in a variety of fundraising activities, team sponsorships, elementary school award programs, donations and other community causes.
- There is a variety available in the menu but the food some dishes like the Tacos and the soups seem to lack a distinctive flavor, something that might want you to crave for some more.
- At some locations, like the Islands at the Manhattan Beach Mall, it is quite difficult to go along with a huge group if you plan to go by car since the parking lot facility is not good enough to cater to crowds, on a busy day.
- They have a full bar too where frozen margaritas are served which can surely cause a head rush or two. One can choose to sip wine leisurely and enjoy the ambience. You can choose from among the Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Merlot, Pinot Noir and many more. For those who refrain from drinking alcohol, you could enjoy an occasional freshly brewed iced tea.
You can enjoy the beach style décor that lifts up your spirits and the Islands is a great spot to grab a meal while you are shopping or catching a movie but it may skip you must-visit restaurant list.