After a failed attempt to get lunch and test the drinks at the Balboa Bay Club--apparently good service is only given to those in the social circle of the cast of the Real Housewives of Orange County--it was time to move on to a place where we would actually be attended to after being seated.
A short drive later we found ourselves on Balboa Island scoping out our potential options and there it as--The Village Inn--no valet parking, no dress code, no rich housewives. It was just what we needed, an unpretentious place to eat, drink and relax on a Friday afternoon.
Dressed in jeans and tank top (no fancy uniform necessary), our bubbly waitress Kimberly gave us great service and made a one of the best Bahama Mama cocktails I've had.
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A refreshing mix of Malibu rum, banana liqueur, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine and Myers rum as a floater, the Bahama Mama can wash away the stress of the day. The banana liqueur and coconut flavor of the Malibu rum dominate, but the pineapple juice adds a sweet kick. This tropical cocktail is one of those drinks that can sneak up on you, as tastes more like juice than anything else. Although it's a bit steep at $10, the Bahama Mama is all you need to enjoy the warm weather and slight ocean breeze.
127 Marine Ave.
Balboa Island, CA 92662