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A good place for some Chinese food or sushi is Pineapple Express in Baytown and a good plate of shrimp fried rice or California roll is a good place to start.

Pineapple Express is bomb.

Put simply: If one were to look up the word “great” in the dictionary, they would likely find a photo of the fantastic Baytown good eats, 900 Decker Drive, sitting smack dab in the middle of the page.

Pineapple Express is a restaurant that is “Chinese Café & Sushi” and an interesting fusion of two cuisines from two neighboring – yet vastly different nations – that works as well as any pairing of two totally different looks and tastes.

The best thing about this little slice of heaven is the speed of service: It is fast, but healthy fast to boot.

That’s because of instead of being served up a quick plate of not quite heated up, nor dead – ick – plate of fast food – the Pineapple Express crew know how best to balance a customer’s need for speed and the silencing of a grumbling tummy with doing right by them and that stomach in question.

So every time I have ordered a bite from here, I never feel underserved, undercooked and clearly never underfed.

If I were 20 years younger I’d be eating three entrees a night. Dang, that aging, slower metabolism.

The prices are also very respectable and affordable. Appetizers range from $1.29 for a lone egg roll to $5.79 for a plate of chicken wings. Soups come in small to large sizes and hover south of $5. 

Lunch platters, which come with fried rice and a hearty portion of choice – be it Chow Mein, sweet sour or any of a cornucopia of dishes – never push past $6.50 before taxes and can sate the grandest of stomach growls.

They serve Lo Mein, various noodle dishes, combination and dinner platters and of course, sushi.

The sushi. Oh, my.

Maki rolls range from the basic of California to the splendor of spicy salmon and a new personal favorite, the Cajun crawfish roll.

A number of sushi combinations are also up for offerings and then there are the special rolls to celebrate.

There is always a Dragon roll to savor – shrimp tempura, crab meat and grilled eel – a Volcano roll to die for – baked chop scallop-topped California roll with cream cheese and the Texas Roll – smoked salmon, cream cheese, jalapeno and kani – to almost adopt as a permanent resident on your dinner table.

The rolls are the splendor of Pineapple Express and then there are the daring smoothies on offer, which include all flavors and textures with avocado and green apple that haven’t been tasted yet, but continually call to me like lonely sirens in a rising tide in a kitchen sink.

The Pineapple Express is an elite stop on the road to eats in Baytown and the surrounding area. It is one stop I aim to make more than enough times and plenty already.

Pineapple Express is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

 

Alan Dale is the Sports Editor for The Baytown Sun. He can be reached at alan.dale@baytownsun.com. 

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