By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman unless marked)
Twenty years ago the first Tommy Bahama Restaurant opened in Naples, Florida.
Currently they have 14 restaurants in the United States and one near the Ginza, in Tokyo, Japan.
Tommy Bahama Restaurant’s private anniversary party ran from 3 to 7 p.m. June 28, at the Town Square Shopping Center.
The companies’ vision statement, “Make life one long weekend,” had universal appeal, a feeling of joie de vi·vre (enjoyment of life).
That is the perfect description of the Tommy Bahama Restaurant.
Just because their name refers to Bahamian cuisine that is not all they serve.
Executive Chef Jason Talbott explained, “Our cuisine is from the islands of the Caribbean, Hawaii and with our own Spanish flair as well.
We try to balance the flavors to create island-inspired cuisine.”
You can tell by the names of the dishes on the menu they are from the American islands of Captiva, Sanibel and Key West.
The international selections are from Cuba, Boca Chica/ Dominican Republic, Cook Islands, Barbados and Jamaica.
There is traditional Hawaiian and American comfort food all with an island twist.
The appetizers are fun to eat, every bite bursting with tropical flavors.
This is food you can share.
Rob Aspaas, Restaurant General Manager, commented, “We offer a unique experience you do not get anywhere else.
The Tommy Bahama Restaurant’s cuisine is on such a high-level we exceed expectations in every facet.
I bring in seafood every day because we want to have fresh items.
Our restaurant follows the Monterey Bay Aquarium Sustainable Seafood Program.
We oversee our purchases to make certain that all the seafood we use is approved and stable.”
We want the couple coming in for a date night, a family, business lunch and the party of 80 for a celebration.”
Besides seafood, the menu includes salads, burgers, sandwiches, steaks, pasta, tacos, slider, vegetarian and Bungalow favorites. (Caribbean terminology: Sitting in a pool, at a cabana or bungalow.)
The Tommy Bahama Restaurant is health-conscious and will adjust their dishes to suit your needs.
They serve grilled, baked and raw appetizers with just a few fried.
The circular dining room has large windows with outside views.
Tommy Bahama arranges parties in their Golden room or the Bahama room.
The cocktail lounge offers the same menu as in the restaurant. They stock the largest rum collection in Las Vegas, 240 rums.
Happy Hours are scheduled from 4-7 p.m. daily, island time.
Tommy Bahama Restaurant is located in the Town square Las Vegas Shopping center, 6635 Las Vegas Boulevard, Suite. #125, around 1 mile from the Mandalay Bay Resort.
Award winning Sandy Zimmerman has been involved in producing television programs, TV commercials, and travel specials for 28 years.
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