Hours: Breakfast: Monday-Friday; Lunch, Dinner: seven days
Saturday & Sunday brunch
Home-style Mexican, from huevos rancheros to fish tacos to carne asada.
Cozy, comfortable and laid-back in the extreme, the menu touts Mexican comfort food with a twist but is at its best when it sticks to the basics. We started off with the Queso Papacito's, a stone crock filled with a bubbly assemblage of cheese, beans, and chorizo. When it's freezing outside, this is exactly what I would want in front of me on the dinner table. The homemade chips and salsa were stellar accompaniments; try the salsa de fuego only if you're brave. The chicken enchiladas--moist, tender, and baked to a golden brown cheese crust--were a standout, as was the carne asada, juicy, cooked perfectly to order and reasonably priced to boot. Only the sides were disappointing: the rice, beans, and guacamole all lacked the from-scratch taste of the rest of what we sampled. A slice of the tres leches cake, drizzled with chocolate sauce and pleasingly mellow, was a wonderful finish. Papacito's is BYO but offers homemade limonada and horchada (tasty, if a bit too chocolaty).
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