We had such a great late dinner at Islands: fine burgers & drinks that I wanted to go back so we could review their lunch service. Having decided that they have excellent hamburgers last time, we both selected something different.
Fresh Brewed Iced Tea, $2.75
While we looked over the menu, I ordered my fresh brewed iced tea. I started with the Passion Fruit. Later, after two glasses of Passion iced tea, I switched to the standard black fresh brewed iced tea for my last glass.
Chips & Salsa, $2.95, with Guacamole, $2.45
The tortilla chips were really good, non-greasy chips – the salsa was so mild that Dorothy loved it. I found it perhaps too mild and would have liked a bit more bite. The guacamole was really good with chunks of fresh avocado.
The Wedge (BLT), $8.99
Dorothy ordered the BLT with cheddar cheese. It came with Applewood smoked bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato & lots of mayo. Islands served it on a white bun. You can order whole wheat if you prefer.
She said she’d never had cheese on her BLT before. Nevertheless, Dorothy felt that the Islands restaurant version of BLT worked. She liked the flavor. I got to sample the bacon. It was the best I’ve had in a while. It was thick and deliciously crispy.
It came with a side order of French fries. After Dorothy got full, I managed to snag some. Once started, it took real discipline to back off. They were skin on French fries with a crunchy firm outer and soft insides. In addition to having a wonderful sweetness, they also had a lovely color.
Mahi Mahi – Three Tacos, $11.99
I ordered three Mahi Mahi tacos from the Island Tacos section. They were corn tortilla stuffed with seasoned & grilled mahi mahi, cabbage, cilantro, chipotle-white sauce & diced tomatoes. West Covina’s Islands restaurant accompanies the mahi mahi with pico de gallo & ranchero beans.
The mahi mahi were nice thick, narrow pieces, ideal for the tacos. Although I enjoy some fish occasionally, there is always the risk of it smelling fishy. Fortunately, Islands’ mahi mahi was free of any fishy smell. It was a wonderfully firm fish grilled to have a deliciously charred taste. I really loved the flavor and texture. Already almost filled up on chips and guacamole, I finally gave up on the tacos and filling so as to have room to finish the last two pieces of mahi mahi.
The ranchero beans were good. The nice thing is that they are whole beans instead of refried so they are healthier.
Islands hamburger restaurant obviously serves much more than their famous burgers and drinks. We enjoyed the vicarious trip to a surfer hangout in Hawaii while we ate. Naturally, they have a casual dining atmosphere like you would expect on the sandy beach. Once again, we had good service from Joe. This chain is definitely a keeper on our list of favorites.
Islands: Fine burgers & drinks
- 139 N. Barranca Street
- West Covina, CA 91791
- T: 626-331-6223
- F: 626-331-6733
Islands restaurants website
- Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Friday-Saturday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Islands restaurant West Covina location
- Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802: 26.8 miles
- Disneyland, Anaheim, CA: 27.1 miles
Island restaurant locations in the immediate vicinity of Anaheim: Anaheim Hills, Brea, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Long Beach – Pike, Long Beach North – Town Center, Orange, Seal Beach
There are 35 other Islands restaurants in Southern California.
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