Department stores include a café where customers can rest in-between purchases, and highway tourist stops include a sometimes-extensive gift store where travel-weary customers can be tempted with impulse shopping, but higher-end restaurants are usually stand-alone operations. Tommy Bahama is unique in that regard, offering dining alongside retail of its signature line of clothing and accessories to create a destination atmosphere of a tropical vacation experience.
Newly remodeled, the Tommy Bahama restaurant in the Kierland Commons shopping center now boasts a larger patio for the bar and dining area on its street level. It’s a great place to take a client and enjoy the weather and people-watching. Upstairs dining offers its own airy, wide-windowed ambience. Service is friendly, helpful and well-versed with the menu — which includes new selections from Tommy Bahama’s recently released Flavors of the Southern Coast cookbook that adds Creole, Cuban and other dishes distinctive of the region from Galveston, Texas, to Key West, Florida.
Those who enjoy the World Famous Coconut Shrimp — a must-have treat that’s fat and juicy inside a perfectly proportioned coconut crust — might be justly tempted to try the Coconut Crusted Crab Cakes, made with lump Blue Crab and served with Thai chili sauce. The Grilled Chicken & Mango Salad combines toasted almonds and macadamia nuts, feta cheese, dried blueberries, pepitas and vine-ripened tomatoes tossed with Meyer lemon vinaigrette. A surprisingly great treat with the Caribbean Rubbed Mahi Mahi is the quinoa succotash it is served over — a delightfully light and colorful dish of quinoa mixed with corn, carrots, mushrooms, green beans, and green and red onions — also with the Meyer lemon vinaigrette. Hamburgers are on the menu as well, but something different in the sandwich department is the House Roasted Pork Sandwich, with blackberry brandy BBQ sauce, cole slaw and crispy onions, served with French fries.
15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale