Papi's -- Steveston
From today's Georgia Straight:
Downshifting in Steveston
Moving with the times, Papi’s Ristorante Italiano (12551 No. 1 Road, Richmond) has ditched the formality, resurfacing as Papi’s Trattoria and Enoteca and offering a lower-priced casual menu that changes each Monday. The restaurant’s popular cooking classes and winetastings resume in September. Next door, the wine bar has become Mondo Burger, serving classic burgers, hot dogs, floats, and shakes.
I think a diner could do well in Steveston -- not sure in Mondo Burger will fill the bill.
Their website doesn't appear to be updated with the changes... so if you know more I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.
I went to check out the revamped Papi's today, and the changes mentioned above indeed been made. The formal restaurant has changed its menu, and Mondo Burger replaces the wine bar. I am attaching photos of the menus posted out front, as well as a photo of the burger and onion rings I ordered for lunch.
Before reviewing my meal, let me say that I am not a big meat-eater, and that when I do have a burger, I like the ones at White Spot/Triple Os the best. Having said that, here's how today's lunch went:
Overall, the burger was okay - nothing special, but at least it's not fast food. A basic burger is 6 ounces, and comes with tomatoes, lettuce, and "drive-in sauce". I added cheddar cheese to mine for an additional $1.00 . It seemed a bit bland to me - onions would have helped, but I didn't feel like dropping another dollar to add them to my order. The bun was nice.
I really liked the beer-battered onion rings - they were crispy, and were sprinkled with kosher salt . $4 seemed a bit pricey for ten rings (see photo), but as it turned out, I couldn't finish them all anyways (I was dining solo).
The restaurant itself is small - maybe six tables inside, and two 2-person tables outside. The menu is limited, and does not have any kids' items - the server seemed a bit puzzled when I asked him about that. With the smallest burger weighing six ounces, I wouldn't call this a child-friendly menu.
Would I eat here again? Probably not - if I'm in the mood for a burger, I'll head to Triple Os instead. But if you're in Steveston and want a burger, this is probably your best bet (perhaps your only choice, besides the Mc Ds across the street).