Simple fast food is all we are thinking about when hunger attacked us on a Sunday morning … so we cruised the neighborhood and saw the sign for Tropical Smoothies Café and we decided to give it a try.
I have never been here before, my children have had the smoothies while gallivanting with my brother, but I have never set foot in this place. I was just plain hungry and Miss Y. recommended that I try the food. “It smells good inside Mommy.” My little Miss Y. said.
So what to eat? I have to order a smoothie for sure, but then what?
We were welcomed by Brad Shellen, the Manager. He was kind enough to explain the menu and recommend his favorites when I asked him for suggestions. We absolutely followed his advice.
Miss Y. ordered from the Tropical Kids menu: Cheese Pizza, Jetty Junior smoothie (strawberry-banana flavor). It came with a chocolate chip cookie and a bag of chips
My turn: I ordered the Island Combo for $ 6.99. It offers a choice of 2 items and I went for the Half Bistro Sandwich and Half Gourmet Salad. I chose the Wasabi Roast Beef sandwich and the Southwest Chicken salad. I must say that I was scared. The menu and ingredients seemed impressive for a fast food outlet but…what about the taste?
We sat outside, taking advantage of the cool, breezy and oh-so-beautiful-day. The food was brought to us.
I ordered half portions but it was more than enough for me. A perfectly sized plate. The sandwich was full of flavor, the wasabi not assaulting my tongue but still leaving an impression. The salad was awesome, but with the guacamole. It was served with 2 other dressings, neither of which I liked. The guacamole was a magical combination with this particular salad.
Miss Y. was elated with her meal…all her food for under $7 and it left her little belly bloating with delight…and humming a song: sure sign that she liked the food. I always expect a melody when the food she eats is making her happy.
“Did you like the smoothie Mommy? “ I was asked.
“I prefer yours, I answered”. The Jetty Junior smoothie rocked!
My smoothie was the Sunrise Sunset made with strawberries, pineapple, mango and orange. It was massive. Big enough to share with Miss I., who took no time to gulp the whole cup down in less than a minute once we got home.
I like this place. I may even love it. Still have to try more dishes to really tell but I do have a confession: I can still remember the taste of the Southwest salad lingering in my taste memory. Have to have some more of this…very soon
Tropical Smoothies Café’s motto is “ Fresh Smoothies, Fresh Food.”
Fresh is the key. They have the key to our stomach…for now.
New locations are opening always. Check the website for the latest updates and menu.
By Contributor Writer and Photographer Brenda Benoit