When Meg told me last week that a baked potato bar was opening in Astoria, I got mighty excited. And when I heard that it's from the owner's of Mundo, my enthusiasm grew! Introducing, La Papa in the old Pastalicious space on 30th Avenue.
La Papa's show-stopper is the mighty baked potato (apparently a popular fast food in Turkey), which after baked, its contents are mashed with butter (or olive oil) and kasseri cheese. The rest is up to you, as you can choose unlimited toppings or you can go with a suggested "papa," such as:
LaPapa Classic - Beef franks, Russian salad, pickles, green olives & corn
LaPapa Chili con Carne - Chili con carne with beans, jalapeno, tzatziki, corn & tortilla chips
LaPapa Vegetarian - Corn, mushrooms, Russian salad, beets & green olives
LaPapa All-American - Corn, sour cream, bacon bits, fresh broccoli & pickled cucumbers
Or you can choose any of these toppings: artichokes, bacon bits, beef franks, beets, black olives, black olive paste, corn, green olives, jalapeno, mushrooms, pickled cucumbers, roasted red & green peppers, Russian salad, sour cream, sweet & sour red cabbage, tortilla chips, tuna salad, tzatziki
If you're not in the mood for a potato, they also have soups, a jumbo hot dog and Turkish-style paninis. A sweet treat that caught my eye was the Supangle (dark chocolate pudding).
Prices are very affordable with all baked potato options being just $6 (except for the chili con carne, which is $6.50). In fact, nothing on the menu is over $6.50, which is quite the steal.
I plan on trying them soon and will let you know my thoughts.
LaPapa - 25-13 30th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102
N/W Train to 30th Avenue