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Green Papaya Cafe
Posted by Lisa G on 07/29/2014
I've been coming here for years. It's a very small restaurant in a a row of stores. From the outside it doesn't look like much but the food is awesome! You must try this place.
Posted by Lori B on 06/26/2011
You might not notice this lil gem of a restaurant,but make a point of finding it!The food is excellent! The people that run it are very efficient, and very friendly!We were a party of three and we all loved our food, I only wish we had discovered it sooner! But I can tell you we will return,it was great!!
Posted by Janmcbaker on 06/11/2010
Food is good and a great value. It is a family owned restaurant and the woman of the family does all the cooking, both for lunch and dinner. The dishes are what can be efficiently cooked by one person. At lunch, the bacon cheese burger is beefy and juicy, cooked the way you want. Cream of mushroom soup is a constant offering, creamy and rich. There's also 2 other soups of the day and all made by her. Mushroom barley is a favorite of mine. Salads are excellent, with house-made dressings. Popcorn shrimp is a tasty appetizer, lightly breaded with a zippy dipping sauce. There are early bird dinner specials, with soup or salad, entree and one drink for one reasonable price. Price varies with the entree chosen. Sides at dinner are standard-- mixed fresh veggies are usually a combination of carrot strips, onion and broccoli or green beans, with mashed potatoes or rice pilaf as starch choices. Dinner standouts for me include catfish or salmon, properly cooked, tender and moist. Strip steak, while not prime grade, is cooked the way you request and is served with a tasty wine/mushroom sauce. Various pasta dishes often have a spicy or garlicky sauce, also house made. Green Papaya chicken is yummy. It's chicken breast stuffed with three cheeses, breaded and fried. Ooozy, cheesy goodness! GP Shrimp is also a standout, with shrimp wrapped in what seem to be wonton or spring roll wrappers, then deep fried and served with a sweet mayonnaise style sauce. Then dessert if you have room, or take it home! It's always been 3 to choose from but all excellent and also house-made! Creme brulee is wonderful with the sugary shell protecting the tasty vanilla eggy custard. Carrot cake is a good choice. A good version of this standard, with a light airy frosting. And then there's the chocolate fudge cake. The first time I was there and they said the desserts, I thought it was going to be a basic chocolate layer cake. But no! Nothing so simple. This almost black, single layer of a slice came out. Then I tasted it and almost swooned! It is this amazing, rich, flourless chocolate cake, with a hint of coffee in the background. It is best when it's been out of the fridge for a bit first, so that you get the full flavor of the cake! It is worth every penny of the price and then some! You can even order ahead for a whole cake, which we've often done for birthdays. All in all, GP has good food and is a fabulous value.