With a name like Hurricane Grill & Wings restaurant you might expect them to blow your socks off, right? Well, today’s visit didn’t find a hurricane at their Coral Springs location. It was more like a Tropical Depression.
Hurricane Grill & Wings is located in a strip mall that is located off of the main strip of University Drive in Coral Springs. The restaurant has a few tables outside, but nobody wanted to brave the heat, so we ventured in. There was a sign that said ‘Seat Yourself’ which was a bit strange. It makes sense in the bar area, but we don’t understand how a full service restaurant can do this during peak times. We looked around and found a seat far from the ‘real window’, but did have a window seat that consisted of a hand panted beach scene. The décor here is tropical and screams Florida. Nautical and beach signs are all over and the booths are a white washed wood tone. Actually, it looks like most locations of this chain are almost identical in appearance. The bar area consisted of high top tables as well and it was filling up quick.
Menus are on the tables, so I guess that helps the ‘seat yourself’ vibe here. Our server came over and greeted us and took our drink orders, just waters. There is a number of TV’s here and pre-season Football was on, which explains the almost packed house. Looking over the menu, we were amazed on how big it was. We thought it was too big, trying to offer almost anything you can think of. Wings, wraps, grilled dishes, sandwiches and all kinds of seafood are located all over the menu. Then the sauces are lined up along the sides. It does look impressive and we always hope for the best when menus are this big.
The wait staff appeared to have a very difficult time keeping up with the dining room. Our server was absent quite often and we had empty drinks for an extended period of time, but stayed very friendly. Some new diners in back of us found and empty booth, only to sit there for about 10 minutes before even being greeted. I guess the ‘seat yourself’ theory doesn’t work well after all, especially with a disorganized staff. Strangely, our appetizer did come out rather quickly.
Kettle-Cooked Jumbo Shrimp ($7.99) – Warm peel and eat shrimp dusted with your choice of rub. This is a ‘new’ menu item and it looked promising. While I was trying to keep my selections on the lighter side, I didn’t even think that kettle-cooked was another way of saying fried. I guess I just happened to see the peel and eat and didn’t even think they would be fried. There were eight shrimp and I’d say they were more on the medium size. They were definitely overcooked and very greasy. We chose the trifecta rub, which is all of the dry rubs mixed together and it was a good choice. It was a smoky, sweet and spicy combination that was the only thing that saved the shrimp.
Our empty water glasses and dirty dishes were left on our table as we waited for our main lunch items. Several staff walked right by several times without noticing. The dining room was full at this point and we saw our server less and less. The entrees took longer than expected.
Grilled Mahi ($12.99) – Wild-caught fillet grilled with any sauce or rub, served with two sides. The mahi mahi fillet was a rather small portion (candy bar size), but I kind of expected that. It was fresh and the Thai Ginger sauce was pretty good, but I was hoping for more of a grilled flavor. And without the sauce, the fillet was quite bland. The Fresh Cilantro Tomato side was good, but could have used a bit more cilantro.
Tomatoes were fresh, which was a plus. The Garlic ‘n Parm Broccoli had a lot of flavor, but was a bit too overdone for my liking. Jeff liked it a lot though and we think that some butter helped the flavor along.
10 Jumbo Wings ($10.99), add on 2 signature sides ($1.99). Jeff picked the two flavors for the wings – trifecta rub and the coconut habanero sauce.
The wings were rather large, especially in today’s standards. They were crisp, but the actual wing meat itself was very bland. Maybe this is done so that it won’t interfere with the sauce? The trifecta was the same rub we chose for the shrimp, so that was the bright spot. The coconut habanero was so under seasoned, it was a waste of calories. Very faint in coconut flavor, after the first bite, you couldn’t even taste it anymore.
The habanero was faint as well and didn’t really help the sauce. Jeff chose the Caribbean Yellow Rice which looked great, but also fell short in flavor. The vegetables were fresh in the rice, but it just didn’t taste that good. The other side he chose was the Garlic Ginger Slaw. This slaw lacked both garlic and ginger and we wondered if they just have him regular slaw. Even if this was the regular slaw, it was so bland it wasn’t worth finishing.
Unfortunately, we didn’t really care for our lunch at Hurricane Grill & Wings and don’t plan on returning. The service wasn’t up to par and the overall food was underwhelming.
Hurricane Grill & Wings is located at 6240-116 Coral Ridge Drive Coral Springs FL.