Easton’s newest breakfast and lunch spot is mixing familiar favorites like omelettes, scrapple and turkey clubs with fresh creations like a breakfast flight, “Peace Candle Pancake” and burger with waffle bun.
Big Papa’s Restaurant & Catering, a full-service eatery offering breakfast and lunch daily, opened Friday at 1236 Northampton St., across from Paxinosa Elementary School.
Husband and wife co-owners Les and Sabrina Smith previously worked at other local restaurants and decided to bring their many years of experience to their own establishment.
“He came from cooking, and I waitressed, and we just really wanted to open our own restaurant,” Sabrina said. “So, this is our first venture that we’ll be running together.”
The 63-seat restaurant, with tables and counter seating, serves breakfast staples such as eggs any style, shrimp and grits and corned beef hash alongside more unique options such as Fruity Pebble French toast, a breakfast flight (French toast, waffle and pancake) and a “Peace Candle Pancake” (two eggs, three slices of bacon, sausage patty and American cheese on a stack of pancakes).
Other breakfast highlights, served all day, include breakfast burritos and sandwiches (available on bagel, croissant or toast), breakfast casserole, build-your-own omelettes, caramelized banana toast, avocado toast, egg rancheros and a pancake tower (three pancakes stuffed with strawberry cream cheese filling and featuring whipped topping and strawberry drizzle).
“The Big Papa” breakast feast, $ 9.99, includes two French toast or two pancakes, three eggs, two meats, home fries, toast, and bottomless coffee.
Lunch items, which are available beginning at 11:30 am, include classic picks like a cheesesteak and turkey club sandwich along with more unique dishes such as a burger with waffle bun and chorizo shrimp po’boy.
The restaurant sources many ingredients locally, including meat and eggs from Dale Koehler & Sons Farm in Bethlehem Township.
Other lunch menu highlights include appetizers such as risotto, chicken wings, Mexican street corn and fried cauliflower with lemon aioli; hot and cold sandwiches such as pulled pork, chicken parmesan and pesto grilled cheese; burgers such as barbecue mac and cheese and peanut butter spread; and entrees such as fish tacos, burrito bowls and springtime pasta (penne pasta in a light red sauce with butternut and zucchini squash).
Customers also can enjoy specialties such as a chicken gnocchi bowl and chicken waffle cone; “The Big Papa” lunch feast ($ 17.99), featuring two fried chicken pieces, fish filet, four shrimp, tigger tails mac and cheese and French fries; and desserts such as cheesecake and caramel apple fries.
The Easton couple overhauled the space, which previously housed Mike’s Restaurant, with new flooring, wall paint, barn wood trim and more. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration is scheduled for 5:30 pm May 19.
Big Papa’s, open 6 am to 2:30 pm daily, takes its name from from a moniker given to Les by his friends.
“We also own a construction business, and it was just a joke between him and his co-workers that they couldn’t do it as good as Big Papa,” Sabrina said. “So, when we were thinking of a name for the restaurant, I said, ‘Let’s just name it Big Papa’s.'”
For more information on Big Papa’s, call 610-252-7272 or visit the restaurant’s Facebook page.