Papa Kitchen — the Vietnamese/Chinese/soul food spot at 1900 N. Claiborne Ave. — has closed. Calls to the restaurant reveal that the main number has been disconnected. The restaurant’s highly rated vegan bánh mì and beloved Vietnamese rolls — spring, tofu, beef — are no more.
Papa Kitchen’s offerings were vast — in addition to Vietnamese and Chinese-American classics, Papa Kitchen catered to the New Orleans crowd, with po boys and seafood plates (the latter of which could come with fried rice, if the diner so chose.) The restaurant distinguished itself despite it disparate offerings, making the list for New Orleans’ best yak-a-mein and wings (Papa Kitchen has since been removed from both lists because of the closing.)
It’s unclear why or exactly when Papa Kitchen closed its doors for good. Online ratings from the restaurant’s Yelp and Facebook pages praised the friendly staff, reasonable pricing and next-level flavors for classic dishes.