College towns like La Verne, don’t deserve this good of food at these good prices.
I have to admit, going to the Crave Expo every year is one of the cool benefits of being a food blogger. Granted, the show is mostly about hooking people up with local catering services, but it’s not a terrible way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Every time I leave the Expo, I leave with at least one of two restaurants in mind for a future review. This time, I left with the name of Pappas Artisanal.
It was, without a doubt one of the more unusual places on display. It was off in the corner, offering little open-faced Pork Belly sandwiches. Biting in, I knew I could get into this. So where is this Pappas?
It’s out in…La Verne.
Where is La Verne?
Well, La Verne is a bedroom community waaaay the heck out past Arcadia, past Covina, just to the east of San Dimas (famous, apparently for their water parks). There is a University out there (the appropriately named University of La Verne). A good friend of mine went to school there, so it’s not completely alien territory even though I…you know…had never been there.
Turns out…La Verne is a very nice community. Très nice. I-could-easily-get-used-to-this nice. The fact that it is a college town makes it all the nicer. (Probably should mention, I grew up in College Park, Maryland which is…in case you haven’t guessed it…a College Town.)
Where is this place?
Oh my G–there it is.
You will not be faulted for…well…missing it on your drive through town. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a very nice establishment, in a very nice building, a wonderful space…
But it just doesn’t have the most obvioous of signage, pointing it out. Heck, look at the pictures, you’ll see what I mean.
You walk in and it’s a very sunny, open space. We say that a lot when talking restaurants, but this place is the marble model. Lots and lots of natural light coming in. TVs on and showing ESPN. Lots of chefs back there working the line.
So, at Pappas Artisanal you don’t wait to be seated. You walk right back to counter, place your order, take your number flag and then go sit down. Very much a College Town establishment in that case. Food arrives, and good stuff happens from there.
The deal I had my visit was for a half sandwich, in this case the Al Pastor, which is a nice little sandwich comprised of Rotisserie Pork Shoulder, Achiote, Cumin, Pineapple, pickled red onions and jalapeños, Cabbage, Cilantro, all on really good, really fresh and soft ciabatta bread. The sandwich comes with a definite kick, one that I liked. My only regret is that I should have gotten a full sandwich. It was that good.
Of course it comes with a generous helping of Baked Potato Fries, Russet Potatoes baked, coined, then fried. They’re nice and crispy, with a light sprinkling of sea salt, they are especially tasty.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Like I said, the one odd thing about the restaurant is that it is, and isn’t all that visible from the street.
Well, that’s not it. The restaurant is visible, the Pappas Artisanal sign…not so much. It’s not like they’re hiding it, but it’s not easy to see when you’re parking.
PARKING: Easy enough. I got lucky, and parking on a free spot directly across from there restaurant. There is a lot just next door that I didn’t have time to investigate fully, but seems to be a part of the retail complex of which Pappas is a part of.
2232 D Street, #101
La Verne, CA 91750
Tel: (909) 596-5050
Monday: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 2:00pm / 4:00pm – 9:00pm