Bahama Breeze in Schaumburg, IL is known for their Caribbean inspired food and handcrafted tropical cocktails. The parking is on-site but small compared to how big the restaurant is. Customers may have a difficult time to find parking but will have the option to use strip mall parking nearby. Walking in, we were greeted immediately. The inside does have a laid-back atmosphere with a cozy outside fire pit. After being seated, what instantly caught my eye was the Ziosk pay-at-the-table tablet. It essentially allows customers to read the whole menu (with pictures and descriptions), get the servers attention, play games and pay using your card. Everyone inside maintained social distance etiquette. The server was attentive, checking on us every 30 mins to make sure our drinks were filled or if we needed anything else.
For appetizers we had the Conch Fritters and Tostones with Chicken. The conch fritters were crispy with a soft center. The Tostones were made of fried plantain slices topped with cheese, tomatoes and chicken. Both came out hot and delicious. For the main course, we ordered jerk chicken with pasta and jerk chicken sandwich. The pasta to chicken ratio should be re-evaluated. The meal did not have as much chicken as one would expect. However, it did have the right amount of spices and the moisture level in the chicken was perfect. The meal consisted of bow-tie pasta, cut asparagus, mushroom, Parmesan cream sauce and sliced chicken breast. The sauce was well portioned into the pasta, but had too much asparagus. There is an option to get a lighter amount of pasta for $3.00 less, which is recommended unless you are sharing. The Jerk Chicken sandwich was nice and spicy without being overwhelming. It consisted of hand-pulled chicken, melted pepper jack cheese and toasted Cuban bread.
When it was time to pay for the bill, the tablet did all the work. It had a slot to read chip and magnetic-stripe for the back of your card. The wait time is cut in half if you pay by card because there is no server processing the payment. The tablet looked secure with touch screen PIN pad and tip calculator. Bahama Breeze is recommended for its reasonable price and live music that gives customers a chance to get away from their daily grind.