Island Time, as any good Parrothead knows, can be any time — spring, summer, winter, fall. The only rule is, well… no rules, and no rush.
And so my dining companion and I made time for some Island Time at the Island Bar & Grill as it introduced its new menu this fall. We arrived early on a Saturday afternoon, caught part of the game on the TV above the bar and took our time enjoying lunch with an island flare.
My choice of the day was the pulled pork sandwich, a perfect representation of the new barbecue-style emphasis on the menu. The pork was moist and meaty, and quite plentiful as it spilled over the bun The sauced seasoned it to perfection. I like things on the hot side, and my dining companion not so much, and yet we were both pleased with the blend of sauces flavoring the meat.
The sides that came with this meal were as plentiful as the Jell-O salads at a church supper. I chose the potato salad, a bowl of fruit and a heaping portion of fries. A hearty dinner, to be sure, so the fruit made a light touch to balance out the rich blend of flavors.
Kudos must go to the maker of the potato salad. In most cases, it takes a grandmother to make a really, really good potato salad — and this was a really, really good potato salad. Order enough to take some home for the next day.
In addition to lots of pork selections, the new menu features brisket served just about any way you can imagine, lots of chicken and a great rack of ribs. Even the Island Nachos, a popular choice to start off any evening, come with a layer of seasoned chicken, plus cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, lettuce and a sauce worthy of a tropical island.
Next time around, I’m eyeing the crab cakes made with blue crab meat as a healthy choice. Of course, the cakes come with a sweet chili mayo or mango salsa, just to make things interesting.
And don’t forget the desserts, many of which come with a southern flavor. The bread pudding is already a favorite, but I also want to try the peach cobbler, while my dining companion has his eyes on the sweet potato pie.Island Bar and Grill
619 Buddy Holly Place
Mon. – Wed.: 4 – 10 p.m.
Thur. – Fri.: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.