islands fine burgers & drinks | huntington beach
Editor’s note: Please welcome to This Tasty Life our newest
minion writer: Cris! I sent Cris off to Islands since I feel like I’ve been there about a billion times already and that review needed a fresh pair of new eyes. Happy reading! – Mary
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To celebrate the NCAA March Madness, Islands was having a Madness combo that ran from March 15th to April 2nd. Although, they did still have the combo when I went—April 3rd—heh—which now brings me to my apologies for the delay on this review.
Anywho, the Madness combo consisted of a hot dog (Nalu Nalu or Pipeline) and a 16oz. Coors Light.
Nalu Nalu: Roasted garlic aioli, swiss, sautéed onion, mixed peppers, hot deli pepper rings & lettuce.
Pipeline: Chili, american cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles & mustard.
I probably would have went for the Nalu Nalu dog if my mind and stomach weren’t already set on their new Sriracha Smack Burger. Observe the Smack…
[sriracha smack burger]
In between the warm, soft buns lays a medium beef patty topped with sriracha cream cheese, soy-sriracha glaze, pickled peppers, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, onion, and crispy bacon. I actually thought it wasn’t that bad, it definitely had a kick to it. Me being me, I opted for the Sriracha Smack with avocado — no regrets! In fact, I think it added a slight creaminess to the burger and made it much more yummy. I’m usually not a big fan of bacon on burgers — I know, hate me — but in this case, it added a nice crunchy texture, offsetting the other moist ingredients. The patty was cooked just right to my liking; it was moist and still had some pink to it. Also, there was a good amount of glaze to not drown out everything else. As for the side, I got onion rings, which were crispy, not too salty, and definitely not too greasy — I was happy :]. Overall, the burger itself was decent, I wouldn’t mind ordering it again.
[big wave burger]
My friend who came with me (let’s call her Duchess 5.0) ordered the Big Wave with Island Reds™–crispy fried red onions. Unfortunately that was a little bit more done that what had been ordered (medium). Given that the Big Wave does not come with a sauce, but with a bit of mustard, the done patty made the burger a bit dry, especially with the Island Reds™ and toasted bun. Instead of the Island Fries, she got a side of the tortilla soup. The tortilla was soup was delicious, a bit salty for my taste, but according to Duchess 5.0, it was a little more salty than usual. The soup did have chunks of avocado in it, which was a bit surprising to me, cause I don’t really hear about avocado in soup too often, or at all really (I don’t go to Islands that often, hehehe :X ). I wouldn’t mind coming back just for a cup of that.
Our friendly server, Will, went ahead and ordered one of his favorite appetizers, the cheddar fries topped with applewood smoked bacon. These were quite delicious with ranch.
The Buffalo Wings: Wings tossed in traditional spicy sauce, served with carrots, celery, and ranch dressing.
[big island iced tea]
For our refreshments, we ordered us some strawberry lemonade and the Big Island Iced Tea — which is basically like a Long Island Iced Tea, but more tropical and fruity!
This…the Luponic Distortion…No. 001. Uhm…“No. 001?” The Luponic Distortion is an IPA-styled beer that will be remixed every 90 days—the base beer will remain the same, but the hops will change. The No. 001 has a blend of six undisclosed hops, all of which help produce a beer that smells sweet and tastes crispy. Duchess 5.0 and I have concluded it gave off an aroma that was very much like lychee :D. Not every Islands carries the Luponic Distortion; Huntington Beach’s Islands is one of the very few to have it, and Jen, the manager, was so kind to give us a couple of tasters. So if you’re in the area, stop by and give it a sip!
Islands Fine Burgers and Drinks
7861 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Disclaimer: Meal was complimentary. All opinions stated here are that of the writer and no one else!