Pappy’s Place

Family legacy recipes with a flair

By Pat Garry

There are certain times when name-dropping is beneficial, especially when the name is Pappas, founders of Rochester’s famous Michael’s and Mantorville’s historic Hubbell House restaurants.

Chef Chris Pappas, a fourth-generation restaurateur, and his wife, Sheila, own Pappy’s Place, a neighborhood kitchen and bar. Pappy’s serves up genuine Midwest fare with a flare, whether it be an appetizer, burger, pizza or entrée.

“Our focus is to serve our foods using the freshest, best-quality ingredients. I do my own spin on steaks, lots of different hamburgers, fish, ribs and daily made-from-scratch soups,” said Chris Pappas. The chef said his plan is to carry on his family tradition—to serve a quality dinner and a good drink at a fair price.

Pappy’s most popular dinner specials are the Friday night fish fry, the Saturday night slow-roasted prime rib and the jumbo beer-battered shrimp. Pappy’s meats are fresh, and steaks are hand-cut on premises. “We only use the upper two-thirds meat on all our steaks and burgers,” the chef said. 

The restaurant’s soup-and-salad bar, included with all specials, is one of its most coveted attractions. It is difficult to find a comparable feature, where the chef and his crew scratch-cook all of their salads, soups and dressings.

Stop by Pappy’s Place for great food, friendly service and reasonable prices, all in a relaxed atmosphere. Try the fish…it’s awesome!

1635 Hwy. 52 North, Rochester MN 55901