One Saturday afternoon we were out running errands around the lunch hour. Now we have seen the Papa's & Beer in Simpsonville many-a-time but have never stopped. Little did we know they have a larger location (if you've seen the one in Simpsonville you know it doesn't take much to get larger than that!) on Haywood Road in Greenville. Curious and craving chips and salsa, we stopped in.
The first thing you notice as you walk in the door is an almost overwhelming smell of lemon-scented cleaner. Now...I, for one, am a pretty big germophobe and I like everything to be clean and sanitized. Although I was comforted by the fact that it at least SMELLED clean (and therefore hopefully was), I was still a little turned off by the strong odor. My feelings about the lemon-scented restaurant quickly changed though as I realized they brought fresh, warm, home-made tortilla chips to your table and encouraged you to go help yourself at the salsa bar. They do give you bean dip also, but as a very well-known hater of legumes...I was pleased to find a wide variety of other dips to choose from including red salsas from mild to extreme, tomatillo salsa (one of my fav's), spicy avocado dip and more! Having 3 kids ages 6 and under, I was pleased to find a good variety on the kids menu. They had some traditional Mexican fare such as a burrito, taco or quesedilla with rice and beans, but they also had corn dogs, chicken strips and french fries. Heck...they even have fried shrimp! And the price was affordable in my book coming in at under $4 each including a drink.
We decided to try the table-side guacamole which, even though a little pricey, did not disappoint! They come out to your table with everything prepped and fix it all up right in front of you. They use 1.5 avocados, fresh diced tomato, onion, cilantro and jalepeno to your level of spiciness. Paired with the fresh chips, it could honestly be a meal in itself! I am actually drooling a little just thinking about it now...
My husband ordered one of his traditional Mexican favorites...enchiladas. He said it was fantastic so I guess since I do not like Mole sauce, I'll take his word for it. I opted for more of a Tex-Mex option and went with the Warm Fajita Chicken Salad and I gotta tell ya...this thing is completely amazing. Sure it has your typical romaine lettuce, but then that is topped with a sizzling warm fajita mixture including some of the best chicken I have ever tasted, bell pepper, onion, zuchini and squash. They drizzle a home-made avocado/ranch/caesar style dressing on top and add some crispy tortilla strips, white cheese and fresh slices of avocado. Ok...I am drooling again just thinking about it! Don't expect to finish anything if you go there...it is simply so much food you can't possibly do it. Which, given their fair prices to begin with, makes it an excellent value.
Overall, we were extremely pleased with Papas & Beer and will definitely be going back. Perhaps next time we will try the Simpsonville location since it is a bit closer to our neck of the woods. We'll let you know how it turns out when we do!
*This review has been brought to you by "The Wife".