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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, August 3, 2001

Dining Scene
Lunch Break: Paradise Cafe heavenly at lunch

By Debra Yuen
TGIF Editor

Paradise Cafe offers a variety of sandwiches and lunch dishes, but you have to pass the sweet treats at the bakery before you can place your order.

Cory Lum • The Honolulu Advertiser

Oh, temptation! Paradise Cafe sure knows how to attract the unsuspecting lunch forager. Up front in the restaurant is the bakery section, full of muffins and cookies and other delights your mom didn't want you to see until after a meal.

Force yourself past the sweet temptations and there is an exhaustive menu of sandwiches, soups, salads, combinations, all pretty affordable.

The special — turkey pesto on focaccia with cheese and tomatoes ($6.50) — was exceedingly special, warmed to perfection and more than enough for a large appetite.

The sandwiches come with a small bag of potato chips and two little cookies, which Paradise calls "chippers." Most sandwiches — such as club, roast beef, turkey reuben and many more on your choice of several breads — are in the $5.95-$6.50 range.

Paradise Cafe actually is split into two parts. One side offers heftier meals such as rotisserie chicken, turkey and the popular quesadillas; the other spotlights the wide variety of sandwiches. Your chances of finding a table are pretty good, especially on the sandwich side, which seats several dozen.

Oh, as for those bakery temptations: Those big ol' cookies (96 cents each) — we tried the sugar, oatmeal raisin and snickerdoodle — will satisfy any sweet tooth. Bring on the milk!

Paradise Cafe is on the ground floor of the Davies Pacific Building at Alakea and Merchant streets. Hours: 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. Catering is available, too. 599-8448.