Cheeseburger in Paradise
It was Happy Hour yet again (albeit a miserable, rainy night) and some friends and I popped in to Cheeseburger in Paradise for our weekly meet-up. Cheeseburger in Paradise is a chain partially owned by Jimmy Buffet and focused primarily on the island feel of his music. It’s a little goofy when you walk in and see tiki huts and Hawaiian shirts, but whatever. Seeing that I could get a half sandwich and a bowl of soup for a relatively reasonable price, I decided to mix in a little food with my beer.
What I Got: Which Way Do I Steer? (1/2 sandwich and either a cup of soup or a house salad) $7.99
After seeing an episode of Throwdown recently where Bobby Flay had a Cuban sandwich challenge, I’ve had a craving for one so I ordered the El Cubano sandwich (Cuban sandwich) and also got a cup of the soup of the day (Chicken Gumbo).
The sandwich was not bad. There was nothing specacular about it, but it was meaty and for a half sandwich, I was pleasantly surprised. The bread was crusty and smashed to perfection (at least according to Cuban sandwich specifications). Again, nothing great about the taste, but it did the trick.
The real winner of the meal though was the Chicken Gumbo soup. This gumbo had rice, chicken, black beans, sausage and some other assorted vegetables. It was hearty and had a nice little spice to it. It wasn’t enough spice to knock you over, but there was enough in there so that you knew you were getting something with a little kick and being the spicy food lover that I am, I really appreciated that.
Would I Buy It Again? Yeah, I would. I’m not going to go out of my way to get this, but if I did end up at Cheeseburger in Paradise again, I would certainly consider this menu option again, especially if the gumbo is the soup of the day.
Cheeseburger in Paradise is family friendly and when the weather is nice, this is a good place to be and always has a wait for a table. They open the windows (more like garage doors) and let the open air in so that you feel that you really are drinking some beers in the Florida Keys. The food is not going to knock your socks off (they actually do have some tasty menu items like Mini Cheeseburgers) but you are really going for the environment/experience. They’ve got a lot of drink specials too, so for a chain restaurant, this place is not too shabby.