REVIEW: Bahama Breeze, Duluth, Gwinnett
We avoid chain restaurants as a general rule. But when the folks at Bahama Breeze contacted us to experience ReggaeFest, it was too big of a temptation to pass up. ReggaeFest is a summer celebration featuring live music, Jamaican jerk, curry goat, and plenty of island refreshments to keep the party going.
Angel and I arrived for lunch and we settled in for a treat. We got started with One Love (yes, named after the Bob Marley song). Ah yes, the relaxation of the islands was coming closer.
We got started by sharing the Jamaican Platter. Contrary to typical chain restaurants, almost everything is prepared in-house and it was absolutely delicious. The Jamaican Platter features a splendid sampling of island cuisine. The fried plantains were moist and tender and Angel said they reminded him of growing up in Puerto Rico. The pulled pork was succulent, just like you’d get a BBQ joint but the accompanying sauce helped give it a sweet kick. The Callaloo is an island version of collard greens. The show stealer was the beef empanada that was the absolute BOMB! As stated the menu, Angel says “Oh, a Jamaican patty!”. The Jerk Chicken was phenomenal – the meat just falling off the bone. With only a mild kick, this chicken could be enjoyed by even the most sensitive palate. The yellow rice and black beans rounded out the dish.
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The Curry Goat was still steaming when it was delivered to our table. Slow-cooked with potatoes, onions, and carrots over a yellow rice; it is served with fried plantains and Naan Bread which is kind of like a warm and soft pita bread. You can dip it with the fried plantains like a chip, wrap it up in the bread like a taco, or just enjoy it with a fork. It’s been awhile since I’ve had goat, but this was really tender and delicious. This was my personal favorite.
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We weren’t quite done yet. The Key Lime Pie is worth the trip on its own. Don’t be dismayed the size, you’ll be able to eat it all. The pie is NOT made in-house, its flown in from Nellie & Joe’s in Key West. This isn’t your normal green-tinted key lime pie with a dollop of cool whip on top. Oh no! This is key lime on a thick, homemade, graham cracker crust with a thick meringue on top. Right at 1000 calories a slice, it’s worth every bit of it.
We enjoyed our time at Bahama Breeze and we need to come back for some of the live music out on the patio and really get to experience ReggaeFest in its full glory! Until then – guten appetit!