During your trip to Myrtle Beach, do yourself a favor and venture to The Market Common and find Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Cafe. Numerous diners who have tried this restaurant boldly declare that they have found their new favorite restaurant in Myrtle Beach, SC. From the service to the absolutely delicious food, Tommy Bahama’s is quickly establishing itself as one of the best restaurants in the Myrtle Beach Area.
The Market Common presents one of the newest designs in modern urban village communities as a self-contained full-service community that consists of various elements of a small town. In addition to restaurants, shopping and entertainment, this complex also hosts permanent residences, rentals and business office space. Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Cafe is a great addition to The Market Common with its casual upscale dining.
The great attraction to this eatery begins with a charming atmosphere dedicated to an eclectic British Colonial, Tropical Island décor. Their motto is “life is one long weekend.” This is the feeling they attempt to impart on their customers through the atmosphere, their friendly and professional service and the delectable dishes and drinks that are served. Their award winning Tommy’s World Famous Coconut Shrimp is their most popular dish and the scrumptious Pina Colada Cake seems to be the favored dessert choice among discerning diners.
Fresh bread with cinnamon butter makes a great start to the meal while waiting for one of the many tempting appetizers to be served. The Little Cayman Lollipops are quite popular and tasty. These chicken drumettes are smoke grilled with a delicious mango barbeque sauce. Of course there is the famous Coconut Shrimp we already mentioned, and the Crab Calloway, which is crab cakes with a light coconut crust and sweet chili mustard sauce. The inventive and fun South Seas Scallop Sliders are jumbo sea scallops sauteed and served in mini buns. Antigua Quesadillas are extremely enticing with asparagus spears, spiced Monterey Jack and goat cheeses served in flour tortillas. For those who prefer to wet their appetite with a soothing and warm soup, the Cooper Island Crab Bisque is outstanding and the Tortola Tortilla Soup with grilled chicken sounds tempting.
For a lighter meal, the sandwich and entree salad menu offers some flavorful selections that range in prices from $10-$16. The Saba Steak Salad with grilled tenderloin, mixed greens and grilled potatoes is a favorite, along with the Tahitian Tuna Salad with blackened seared Ahi tuna, spinach, arugula and carrots. Tommy’s Great Big Crispy Fish Sandwich is huge with crispy beer battered white fish. It gets wonderful reviews, as do the Cabo Tacos with grilled or blackened white fish. Even the simple fare has extra special touches that make this food stand out from its competition as shown by the Gulf Coast Grilled Cheese with tiger shrimp and a spectacular tasting Paradise Nation Cheeseburger.
The entree menu provides a nice variety to suit all tastes with seared tuna, roasted or stuffed chicken, flat iron steak, snapper, pasta, shrimp, scallops, tenderloin filet and even barbeque ribs. The ribs are glazed with Tommy’s blackberry brandy barbeque sauce and shrimp is served sauteed with Caribbean spices or accompanied by scallops and curry coconut sauce. The snapper dish has a light macadamia nut crust and the juicy tenderloin filet is topped with a port wine sauce, roasted garlic and blue cheese. The portions are rather large, usually more than enough for one person. From the appetizer to the entree and then the dessert, the choices are scrumptious.
Be sure to save room for dessert or take one with you to enjoy later once your dinner has had time to digest. In addition to the moist Pina Colada Cake with rum, pineapple, white chocolate mousse and toasted coconut, you might want to try the chocolate espresso cake or Tommy’s version of key lime pie. Then there’s Blackbeard’s Butterscotch and the Barbados Brownie that are both served with a mouth watering made-from-scratch caramel sauce.
As you have probably experienced, it can get a bit expensive to have a full course meal consisting of an appetizer, entree and dessert. To help solve this dilemma, Tommy’s has put together a special menu that they call the Tommy Bahama Tasting Menu. For the reasonable price of about $30, diners receive a three course meal that consists of an appetizer, entree and a dessert. For the appetizer, guests get to choose one of three combos that include either a soup and salad, goat cheese and lollipops or the crab cake and tuna with guacamole and flat bread. The entree choices of chicken, seafood or beef include the Freeport Flat Iron, Sanibel Stuffed Chicken and the Shoal Bay Snapper. Three of the most favored desserts are offered with the Pina Colada Cake, Key Lime Pie and the Barbados Brownie with ice cream. For one great price, guests can experience a wonderful three course meal with some of the best choices from the regular menu.
The great thing about Tommy Bahama’s is that those guests who return time after time do so for a good reason. The food is consistently wonderful. A restaurant that serves high quality and tasty food, time after time, deserves its reputation as a top rated restaurant. Many visitors to Tommy Bahama’s declare it as the very best in Myrtle Beach dining.
Live music is a huge attraction for many who come to Tommy’s. Nightly beginning at 6:30 pm, guests are invited to enjoy island tropical style music that sets the mood for the evening. This serves to add greatly to the overall elegant Caribbean island ambiance of this terrific restaurant. In addition to the tranquil indoor environment, there is also an outdoor patio for relaxing dining when weather permits.
Though this is a wonderful restaurant for grown ups to relax and enjoy themselves, kids of all ages like it as well. For the young ones, there is a nice kids menu with a variety of favorites that include spaghetti, mac & cheese, hot dogs, burger sliders and chicken fingers. They even have filet medallions for the more discriminating youthful tastes, along with chicken quesadillas and grilled chicken salad. Prices on the kids menu are very reasonable at $7-8 and the filet at $15. Though the wait for food is a bit slow on some nights, it’s definitely worth it to experience the delightful dishes.
We have to mention the Bungalow Bar with their terrific selection of beer, wine, rum, martinis and and specialty drinks. Tommy Bahama’s has their own rums which are the Tommy Bahama White Sand and Golden Sun. Their drink menu offers specialty drinks using Tommy’s rums as well as a very nice assortment of rums from various locations around the world such as Jamaica, Haiti, Brazil and Anguilla. Those who prefer a refreshing martini can choose from appetizing choices like the Flip Flop Orange Drop, Isle Take Manhattan, Hav-an-a Key Lime and Tommy’s Classic Vodka Martini. Many guests look to the Tommy’s Classics when choosing their drinks with exciting options ranging from the Bahama Mama and Hurricane Tommy to the Millionaire’s Mai Tai and the Baja Margarita. The Sangria and the Mojito have been claimed by many to be some of the best they have ever tasted. Tommy Bahama’s own Bungalow Brew and Blonds Beers are must tries for beer aficionados. Island Time is the catchy name for their Happy Hour that attracts many regulars and visitors to enjoy reduced priced drinks and appetizers at the bar.
Reservations are suggested at Tommy Bahama’s especially during the peak season. They do have semi-private dining to accommodate large groups up to 50 making it great for family and friend reunions and business meetings. They open daily at 11 am for lunch and remain ready to serve until 11 pm Sunday through Thursday and 12 midnight on weekends.
Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Cafe
At The Market Common
3044 Howard Avenue
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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