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Get a taste of Paradise

Paradise is a perfect place to relax.

Paradise Cove Restaurant on Callow Avenue presents just such a casual, relaxed atmosphere that makes diners feel right at home.

And that’s before the food even comes out.

The food helps, as co-owner Josie Meadows has been teaching her family recipes to Debbie Dell, who runs the restaurant’s kitchen, adding to an already considerable repertoire developed over 30 years in the business.

“I like to make homemade things,” Dell said. “It’s kind of a lost art.”

“She’s a very quick learner, too,” Meadows said.

Meadows and her husband, Rick, were introduced to Dell when she cooked for his retirement party from the Navy last April after a 21-year Navy career. The Meadows just happened to bump into her again at a gas station when they needed someone to help with their new restaurant and offered her the job.

“I came down prepared to tell them no,” Dell said. “But it’s got a good character here. Very nice people, very trustworthy and we’ve formed a bond.”

“The kids have a new auntie, they love her,” Josie said.

Sailors from the USS John C. Stennis have loved coming in for morning coffee and being able to just hang out, Rick said. The crew at Paradise Cove was sad to see them go back out to sea but feel they have established an atmosphere where anyone can feel just as welcome.

“It’s a mom-and-pop feel,” Rick said. “Just come in and have a good meal and good company.”

“There’s a good blend of (Josie’s) personality and mine working together,” Dell said. “People are responding to it well and coming back.”

Rick admits he wasn’t so sure about the location at first but was quickly made to feel at home.

“Callow is doing better. I got to talking to business owners … who have made us feel comfortable. We all refer each other to one another’s shops,” he said. “The city has really been fixing it up around here, too, which is nice.”

There is a nice mix to be found on the Paradise Cove menu, with a full American menu and a full Filipino one as well. In addition, there are Mexican and Italian buffets on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“We laugh sometimes doing Mexican on a Tuesday,” Josie said. “People are very surprised at the (variety).”

Everyday fare includes Dell’s own scalloped potato recipe, homemade chicken noodle soup, lumpia, and a delicious banana split pie dessert. The restaurant uses a panko Japanese breading, a “real light breading that lets flavor come through (from) the meats,” Josie said.

“The draw is people trying all the homemade things … not out of a box,” she said.

Paradise Cove Restaurant

332 N. Callow Ave.

(360) 377-6823

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

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