We love food served inside other food, from the commonplace hotdog in a bread bun to the monstrous holiday turducken. So imagine our delight when, somewhat accidentally, we stumbled upon the trend of pineapple boats right here in Atlanta. Pineapple boats are simply half of a cored pineapple, with some or most of the pineapple fruit scooped out, and filled with another kind of food. Most commonly, we found rice-based dishes with veggies and meat packed into the fruit vessel, whether it be influenced by Asian, Latin or Caribbean spices. And not only does it look cool (and you know it does), but the natural pineapple-y flavor and sweetness sinks into the food in the most delicious of ways.
Ready for your pineapple boat? Here’s three places around Atlanta where you can find it:
Downtown, 510 Piedmont Avenue NE
Pineapple Fried Rice, $12
Poor Calvin’s, a modern Thai and Southern Fusion spot in Midtown, serves its pineapple fried rice in a pineapple boat. Add shrimp for an additional $4 and try one of their creative cocktails for meal straight outta paradise.
North Druid Hills, 1799 Briarcliff Road
Siam Chicken, $14.95
Thaicoon is a casual eatery located near Emory, and it offers its Siam Chicken in the Pineapple boat. The dish is a stir-fry, featuring pineapple, other veggies, chicken and chili paste piled into the fruit.
Decatur, 1749 Columbia Drive
Pineapple Grillers, $13
These Grillers feature half of pineapple grilled and filled with mix of yellow rice, cheese and your choice of veggies. Not a fan of rice? You can even get Shrimp & Grits into a pineapple boats.
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Bonus: Drink From A Pineapple
Mariscos La Riviera Nayarit
Norcross, 5385 Jimmy Carter Boulevard
If you like Pina Coladas, you can get one in an actual pineapple here.