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Pineapples Island Fresh Cuisine (Hilo) * * * *   Posted by on Sunday, 7 February 2016, at 5:07 p.m.

We were in Hilo this past weekend & decided to try Pineapples Island Fresh Cuisine for lunch, based on positive reviews on Tripadvisor. We were not disappointed. The dining room and bar area are open-air, which we really prefer, so with the downtown Hilo setting (a block or so in from the farmers' market, corner of Keawe & Mamo), it was reminiscent of a Paris cafe.

Service was speedy & attentive. We asked for water, and they left a bottleful with us. The drink menu had many interesting options, from specialty cocktails, to beer & wine, to kombucha. Likewise, there was a good & interesting variety of dishes offered: appetizers, salads, sandwiches & wraps, two soups, entrees, and desserts. Hubby opted for the fish & chips, made with swordfish that day ($13). I had a grilled ono sandwich ($14), which was available rare, medium, or well done. Both dishes came with French fries, which were excellent, especially when dipped into the chipotle ranch dressing that was provided. The fish & chips came with cole slaw made with a sweet, coconutty dressing. Someone at another table had opted to pay $1 extra for sweet potato fries, and they looked great. My sandwich came on a soft onion roll, which I am guessing was not baked on the premises. The texture was fine with the fish, but I would have preferred something more robust.

Overall, Pineapples was an excellent place for lunch. It may well deserve six stars, but we'd have to have had dinner to judge its "special occasion" potential.

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