Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar & Grill reopened from refurbishment a few months ago. It’s located at the Yacht & Beach Club Resorts just outside of their shared pool area. Since I’d never stopped by to try anything there, I thought it was about time to check it out. The menu is simple, featuring burgers, a chicken breast sandwich, a lobster and shrimp roll, salad and a vegetarian quinoa wrap. But what stood out to me was their Grilled Cheese and Smoked Bacon Sandwich, a combination of Vermont cheddar, blue cheese and apple butter. Sandwiches are served with a side of fries or apple slaw, but for some reason I chose fries. When I ordered the Grilled Cheese, I was told I made a great choice and that people loved it.
Tables in the area were taken so I had to go find a place to try to eat. Note that tables are shared with the adjacent bar (which serves a limited menu), so seating can be tricky, especially during busier times. I found a pillar and set my tray down to take some pics and then was able dig in.
At first glance, you can see there isn’t much toasting to the bread. While there was a bit of crunch in some areas, it was brief before hitting the softer bread and melted cheese. While I appreciate blue cheese (especially quality blue cheese), the flavor of it on this sandwich was quite aggressive. The cheddar was a bit lost one the blue started to “kick in.”
The bacon was underdone for such a sandwich. A crisp bacon is needed for a textural element here, especially when there is hardly any in the crust. You could taste the bacon flavor, but it melded with the cheeses in texture. As for the apple butter, I couldn’t taste it. It was either very mild, used sparingly, or not added at all. I think some thin slices of green apple would have been a nicer addition.
The serving of fries was a decent size, but I wish I had ordered the apple slaw instead for something different. I picked at them, but ultimately, and unfortunately, not much of this tray was eaten.
I wish Matt was with me to give this a try. He loves blue cheese and lightly cooked bacon, so this probably would have been more up his alley. I’d consider giving it another chance in the future as the concept works; it just needs better execution. I’m sure there are some readers out there who have tried this and had a completely different, and better, experience! If you have, let us know!