May 17, 2012

Papa San

Cpl. Aaron Diamant
Desert Warrior Staff
Courtesy photo by

I love rice bowls; in fact, I might even have a slightly unhealthy obsession with them.

When I first came to Yuma three years ago, I was depressed to see a total lack of Asian food places, but with a little bit of looking and recon work, I found a few.

I had been told that Papa San was a good place to get a rice bowl and was guaranteed by a civilian colleague that I would run into someone I knew there, because she always did.

My wife and I went there for lunch one weekend, and let’s just say it was a less than pleasurable experience.

I honestly can’t tell what the food tastes like, because after standing in front of the register for nearly ten minutes being completely and utterly ignored by the employees, with a ever growing line behind us, we finally gave up and left.

I did see the food that was coming out of the kitchen, and it wasn’t the most appetizing food I’ve ever seen. Again, I can’t comment on the taste of it, but the customer service was so atrocious, I can’t imagine the food quality being much better.

Somehow, this place is still popular. I pretty much vowed that day to never return, but we’ll see if I go back or not. I’ve gone three years in Yuma without a decent rice bowl, I imagine I can last until my eventual change of duty station, and can only hope I go somewhere with a little more culinary variety.

We were both still hungry, so we went to Taco Bell to try the taco with the Doritos shell, which tasted like complete disappointment. It’s overrated, it tastes just like a normal taco, don’t buy one.

All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


Courtesy photograph

POW recalls ‘hidden treasure’ in lessons learned

Courtesy photograph Retired Col. Lee Ellis, a prisoner of war who spent five and a half years in the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War, spoke at the Air Force Academy’s National Character and Leadership Sy...

Drivers continue to find road bumpy after answering automobile ads

An individual or individuals claiming to be “Exchange Inc.” have been placing advertisements in auto magazines and commercial newspapers, leading Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers to believe they’...

The not-so-great American gun-grab

YUMA, Ariz. – In the wake of a recent tragedy, everyone from politicians to the talking heads in the media to the average Joe on the street has been talking about gun control. So far, the one measurable result of all this talk has been an explosion in the sales of firearms people fear may...


Listening to Superiors

There is something to say about a lower enlisted Marine with an opinion, and that is they should have a limited one especially when time is of the essence. For most young Marines in the Corps words like, “We don’t pay you to think,” have been said to them on more than one occasion. There...

5 Questions: Lt. Daniel Chung

1.) What services do chaplains offer to military personnel? We offer spiritual guidance and advice but also counseling. So if Marines or Sailors come in with marriage problems or stress at work they can come and speak with a chaplain. Some of us have professional degrees but most don’t so it’s not like talking to...

Chaplain’s Corner: Christmas

What is Christmas to you? For me it is my favorite time of the year! As a Christian, I do celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The greatest gift the world has ever or will ever receive. But, not everyone believes as I do. So, what does Christmas mean to you? Too me, I love...


Be the first to comment!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>