Believe it or not, the first time I stepped foot in an Islands was on a rare stormy SoCal night because a co-worker told me “the soup at Islands will change your life.” Soup at a burger place? I’m always up for trying something new but the menu choice seemed a bit odd. However I was hooked and guess what? It was an endless bowl for a great price point.
Just recently I was invited to try out what Islands is really known for – burgers! Since Summer is soon approaching, a few of us got an opportunity to check out the new Islands location at the Marketplace in Irvine and sample some Summer time happy hour menu items. If you’re feeling the Monday blues, you’re in luck. The new menu starts today!
So let’s get to it!
Don’t you just love the presentation on these drinks? The new Summer time drinks are the Makaha Maggie, Strawberry Daiquiri, Spicy Mango Shandy, Hapa Bourbon Tea, and a Mai Tai. My personal favorite was the Spicy Mango Shandy – I don’t usually like any spices in my drinks and if you don’t either, it’s very subtle in this drink. What I loved about the Shandy was the refreshing after taste and the mango flavor. It’s a perfect way to relax after a grueling day at work or a perfect way to start a girl’s night out. Either way, the drink just works for whatever occasion.
If you’re a fan of Islands burgers (and you should be), you will love these sliders. These Hawaiian Sliders are made with teriyaki sauce, fresh pineapples, swiss chesse, and grilled onions. So simple, yet so good. I probably could have eaten the whole tray. Fun fact: Islands goes through 14,000 lbs of pineapples a week!
If you’re looking for something more than just sliders and want to add more heat to your Summer, Islands has you covered with this “Heat it Up” burger. I’m usually a wimp when it comes to spices but I was pleasantly surprised when I wolfed this down with no issues or tissues. This burger packs a punch with grilled serrano peppers and green chilies.
If you’re looking for a new place to celebrate happy hour, the happy hour menu starts today and runs from 3-7pm in the bar area. You can also win a beach cruiser during this time (which will be given away at the end of Summer). And now for my favorite part! A giveaway! Who wants to win a $50 Islands gift card, a beach towel AND a set of grilling tools? How cool is that?? Enter below and good luck!