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On the remaining football playoff game days (January 12 and 19), you can order a Big Wave Burger and a tap beer such as the Kona Longboard Lager for just $10.
That’s like getting a free beer with your burger!
We went to the Islands Restaurant at the corner of Bison and MacArthur in Newport Beach to watch a playoff game and check out the deal. We learned this $10 special is good only in the bar area, which has three giant TV screens so you can’t miss the action.
We ordered a 16 oz. beer, which came ice-cold in a frosted mug. The burger arrived shortly after, simple but tasty: a generous beef patty grilled medium on a wheat bun, with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and mustard (not ketchup!), accompanied by thick cut fries.
We also learned that for only $1.50 you can upgrade your burger to one of the 10 signature burgers on the menu.
If you choose not to sit at the bar, the Newport Islands has 15 TV screens throughout the restaurant, including the patio, so you can still watch the game while you dine.
Once football season is over, Islands has other special sports meal deals in the works. Visit www.IslandsRestaurants.com for a downloadable menu and to see all their restaurant locations (10 in OC, many more in LA and other areas of California), or www.facebook.com/IslandsRestaurants to keep up to date on specials.