Most of us are familiar with the Tommy Bahama brand and their famous tropical shirts but did you know they also have a restaurant? The concept is nothing new as this is their 18th restaurant but this is only their second location in Texas and first in the DFW area. Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar is one of the latest establishments to move into Legacy West, Plano’s hottest new dining scene.
They’ve been open for a little over a month now and continue to draw a crowd. The tropical accent wall and giant bar made me feel like I was at a resort on an island instead of the middle of bustling Legacy West off Dallas North Tollway. I couldn’t tell the difference as I was happily distracted by not only the subtle island vibes from the decor but also the flavors of the cocktails and food.
Kick off happy hour with an assortment of wine and cocktails from Martinis, Signatures and Rum Concoctions. They even have a Zero Proof section for a fun variety of beverages that makes it seem like you’re enjoying a fancy cocktail without the alcohol.
All of the cocktails contain freshly squeezed juice.
Front: Grapefruit Basil Martini – Fresh and light. The perfect summer beverage!
Back: Blood Orange Margarita – Tangy and delicious.
The menu has a wide variety of options for appetizers, soups & salads, sides, burgers & sandwiches and entrees. Gluten-free dishes are also available.
We started with these delightful tacos that come (4) per order. The crispy wonton shell and fresh flavors make this a winner for an appetizer or even a meal if you wish. I could have stopped there with another order and called it a night.
This dish is a spicy one but it’s full of flavor. (Insider note: The pork belly is wrapped in banana leaves and cooked low and slow, then chopped up which results in tender delicious bite sized nuggets.) Other ingredients include shiitake mushrooms, carrots, peppers, cilantro, chile vinaigrette topped with a sunny side up egg.
This platter of golden fried fish and tartar sauce comes with jerk seasoned yucca fries plus a chipotle dipping sauce and signature island slaw with a tangy lime vinaigrette
And finally for dessert, we were presented with a tray of sweet options to choose from. Our first response being “One of everything!”, we chose the pina colada cake and peanut butter pie. It was a toss up as to which was the favorite between my guest and I as they both were the perfect ending to a meal. The cake was moist and bursting with tropical flavors. The nuttiness of the smooth peanut butter was definitely prominent and not washed out with too many additional filler ingredients in the pie. I imagine you can’t go wrong with any of the choices.
Left Top to Bottom: Malted Chocolate Pie, Peanut Butter Pie
Middle: Pineapple Creme Brulee
Right: Pina Colada Cake, Key Lime Pie
Visit their joint restaurant and retail store at 7501 Windrose Ave., Plano.
(Disclaimer: This meal was complimentary, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.)