I won a gift certificate to Island's at a company party, so I went.
It wasn't the first time, I used to work in an office building next to an Island's and went three times a week. But this was the first time I went in a long time.
And I have to say, for casual chain restaurant food, Island's is very, very good.
We had a total of five dinners over two meals (great gift certificate). Sampled the Big Wave (the standard burger), and about three others, including the mushroom burger and the chili burger.
All were delicious, juicy and well-flavored. The buns were fresh, we tried both wheat and white. The toppings were just right, enough to enhance the sandwich, but not so much as to overwhelm.
The tortilla soup was spicy and hot with good chicken taste. My wife loved the tuna sandwich (I didn't try it, thought I've had it in the past).
And the fries -- well, the fries were a highlight. Crispy, hot, covered with seasoned salt (and chili on the other night). Huge plateful that three could share -- easily, for under three dollars (IIRC).
Big, refillable sodas and very friendly and attentive service made the meals complete.
Is Island's fantastic. Naaah. But it's reasonable, and a good valuable with fine food for what it is. They also have cold beer in frosted mugs (not a great selection, I settled for a Corona, but they have Heineken and most of the typical domestics, with a few on tap) and full bar, if you're drinking.
I'd go back without a gift certificate. I also think spotting an Island's in some unfamiliar neighborhood populated only by chains would be a nice surprise and a good bet.
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