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Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar in Myrtle Beach at The Market Common

If you go:
What: Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar
Where: 3044 Howard Ave. in Myrtle Beach at The Market Common

Menu & Entertainment Highlights: Tortilla Soup, $4.50 (cup);  Ahi Poke Napoleon, $14.50; Mushroom & Onion Burger, $12; Macadamia Nut Snapper, $27;  Triple Chocolate Cake, $10 (full serving); Pina Colada Cake, $10; Happy Hour (4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday) featuring small plates (from $5 to $7), $7 martinis (lemon drop, grapefruit basil and others) and premium cocktails costing $6 or $7; Friday and Saturday acoustic guitar entertainment.


Hours: noon to 9 p.m. daily (restaurant); 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday


Directions: From US 17, turn on Farrow Parkway (it will be on the left if coming from the north and right if coming from the north). Turn left on Hackler Street. Turn left on Howard Avenue. Tommy Bahama is on the right. Information: Call 843-839-1868 or visit the website at www.tommybahama.com.

A visit to The Market Common in Myrtle Beach will reveal the exquisiteness of Tommy Bahama, located at 3044 Howard Ave. Idyllic and exceptionally charming, Tommy Bahama combines the essence of Southern leisure with the carefree culture of Caribbean living in dining and shopping.

Jay Potterfield, executive chef at Tommy Bahama, along with his culinary team, flawlessly produce sensations and temptations. The earthy and exotic menu is an exploration in fine dining.

While enjoying the Tommy Bahama experience, visitors do so by sitting in big, comfy wicker chairs while oversized ceiling fans usher in cool breezes, which is befitting of the restaurant’s character.
“We have a fun, classy island environment,” Potterfield said. “I don’t think there is anywhere in Myrtle Beach like Tommy Bahama. From the beautiful, spacious décor to the most unique menu in the area made with the freshest and best ingredients, Tommy Bahama is unique. We serve our food in a very clever way.”

The appetizers alone are a who’s who of island wonder with a dash of country flair tossed in to authentically dazzle tongues delighting in what’s different but comfortable in what’s familiar.
Have a dalliance, if you will, with fried green tomatoes. But be warned – these aren’t the tomatoes your grandma made.

At Tommy Bahama, fried green tomatoes are transformed into a mini mountain of deliciousness born of partnerships with horseradish cream, smoked gouda and crawfish remoulade. Not to be outdone, however, are other appeasing starters that easily win over guests at Tommy Bahama.

Known formally as Ahi Poke Napoleon, it is the restaurant’s take on tuna tartare and it is insanely scrumptious. It is made with capers, sesame and guacamole and served with flatbread.
Fresh with eye-widening flavor, the Ahi Poke Napoleon is an appetizer to which people are unashamedly addicted.  Other starters include Macadamia Nut Encrusted Goat Cheese and Coconut Crusted Crab Cakes.

There is also a diverse selection of soups and salads, with the tortilla soup being one of the most popular. The soup is so spectacular that Potterfield himself admits of eating several cups during breaks in the kitchen. Made with pureed vegetables, grilled chicken breast, crisp corn salsa and lime sour cream, the tortilla soup incredibly allows for each ingredient to shine on its own – you can taste the freshness of the pureed vegetables; the smokiness of the grilled chicken is a revelation; the corn kernels are sweet and the lime sour cream adds a burst of citrus flavor that flatters and heightens the entire soup.

For more conservative palates, Tommy Bahama has a tasty array of burgers and sandwiches. The Kalua Pork Sandwich features house roasted pork with blackberry brandy barbecue sauce, crisply onions and Cajun slaw. The Southern Burger is a combination of prime Angus, pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes.

Each meal comes with French Crown Breton Bread, which is hands-down some of the best bread ever to cross a restaurant table. It comes with butter made with honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and powdered ginger “Everything is made from scratch,” said Eric Kuhary, general manager at Tommy Bahama.

The creativity of the kitchen staff shines through by way of sophisticated revelations presented as entrees, including the beloved Macadamia Nut Snapper. It is a voluptuous piece of flaky fish, crisped to a golden brown and accented by Hawaiian Red Sea salt. It is served in a shallow pond of wasabi soy butter that is delicate but bursting with flavor.  The sides are almond rice and asparagus.

Poblano Chicken is another popular main dish that is distinguished by its cornflake-almond crust and stuffing of herbed cheese and roasted peppers, with sides of Yukon gold potatoes and haricot vert (French for “green beans”).

Other entrees include Jerk Chicken, Maple Brined Pork Chop and Steak Chimchurri (with tomato relish and a side of warm faro salad).

The desserts at Tommy Bahama are truly decadent and huge enough to share with two or more people, although all but one of the desserts is available in half sizes.

The pina colada cake is made with vanilla cake, Myers dark rum, diced pineapple, white chocolate mousse and toasted coconut. Other desserts include triple chocolate cake, a four-layer indulgence with chocolate ganache and mocha mousse. Chocoholics can also find pleasure in the malted chocolate pie with chocolate cookie crust, mocha mousse and English Toffee Crumble.

Cool choices of mixed drinks are also available, from the Cucumber Smash made of Hendrick’s Gin, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and muddled cucumber; and a Grapefruit Basil martini.

Red and white wines, sparkling wines and champagne are also featured on extensive lists.
After customers have filled up on exceptional eats, sweets and libations, they can peruse the island-themed clothing, home accessories and more. “We have elegant but casual, sophisticated resort wear,” said Meredith Manzi, floor supervisor.

In addition to clothes (including golfing apparel and beachwear), the store has cookbooks, luggage, signature Tommy Bahama perfumes, scented candles and other items, with prices varying.

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