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.

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