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Culpeper Times • February 28-March 6, 2019
L E T S E AT ! Pap's Cafe brings taste of D.C. to town By Jeff Say Culpeper Times Staff Writer
A D.C. staple is now available in Culpeper. Pap’s Cafe, owned by Patricia Robertson and located at 106 W. Cameron St. - the former home of Radishes and Roses, is offering fried chicken wings with mumbo sauce. Mumbo sauce - a sweet and savory sauce - is an ingredient Robertson picked up living in D.C. for 40 some years, one that she brings home to Culpeper where natives may recognize her from her grandmother’s restaurant. Long’s Diner was located at the old bus station at the Depot, and Robertson fondly recalls hanging out at the diner and watching her grandmother cook. Returning home, she was ready to open her own restaurant. “I always thought about it and I’m not getting any younger,” Robertson said. “I thought I would try it.” She found the old Radishes and Roses location when she came looking to buy equipment, but found the whole location for sale. “I had been looking for a place, I came in by accident,” Robertson said. She’s kept Radishes and Roses’ sandwich menu, but has added fried chicken wings in the mumbo sauce with either french fries or fried rice. Open at 8 a.m., they also serve breakfast with the “kitchen sink” being a favorite. It features
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Patricia Robertson opened Pap's Cafe, located at 106 W. Cameron St. in February.
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three eggs, a meat choice, fried potatoes and two pancakes. The southern style menu also features fried whiting during the day. Flanked by her niece, the restaurant exudes Southern hospitality. “Most people in our family are cooks,” Robertson said. Her great niece helped design a Facebook page for the business and she’s still getting a lot of people who are stopping by out of habit. “We’ve had a couple people come in thinking it was still Radishes and Roses,” Robertson said. “It’s been more (traffic) than I expected. Everyday we’re getting somebody different.”
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