Pineapple lovers, there’s no better place your pineapple fix than Islands.
If you live in or around California or Arizona, you know Islands Restaurants for its laid back Hawaiian style. But did you also know that Islands has a “Chief Pineapple Officer”? Well, now you do.
That lucky person with a very cool job title is Amanda Cameron. Cameron reports that Islands uses nearly 182,000 fresh pineapple per year, restaurant-wide. “Pineapples are a big part of our food and tropical drink menu at Islands. We’re excited to share our passion with all our fellow pineapple lovers,” she says.
Pineapple Pairing Menu
Throughout the month of May, pineapple will take a starring role at the restaurant. Also, a special “Pineapple Pairing Menu” offers both drinks and entrees featuring the fresh tropical fruit.
Three great dinner options feature pineapple and cocktails to match. First, the Hawaiian Burger, topped with fresh grilled pineapple and teriyaki sauce, goes with Big Island Iced Tea. Next, the Yaki Tacos, garnished with a house-made grilled pineapple salsa, go with a refreshing Piña Colada. Last but not least, the Hoisin Beach Bowl, made with chunks of fresh grilled pineapple and grilled vegetables, comes over brown rice with mahi mahi or chicken. It goes with a signature Mai Tai, one of our favorite Islands drinks. For kids, the Gremmie Menu features fresh pineapple spears with yogurt dip.
On a recent visit to Islands, we had a chance to explore these items, plus some more “hidden” menu items. (Ask for the pineapple sliders served with teriyaki dipping sauce. They’re extraordinary.)
“We want to make pineapple a big deal, in keeping with Islands’ tropical mood,” said Bradley Beery, manager of the Manhattan Beach location. “We want people to feel like they’re escaping their everyday life when they step in here.”
One thing we love about Islands is that it’s always easy for the kids to find something that they like. Plus, the kids can chill out watching surf videos while they’re waiting for the food.
Founded in 1982, the Carlsbad-based Islands operates 55 restaurants throughout California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. The restaurant focuses on simple, fresh ingredients, especially its signature never-frozen burgers, daily fresh-cut fries, and tropical drinks. And it’s all served in a laid back, beach-inspired environment.
Blogger disclosure: Islands treated me and my family to a pineapple-themed tasting session. I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.
P.S. Pineapple lovers can get the day off to a great start with this Pineapple-Coconut French Toast.