Apple Valley Restaurant Ranked # 4 on Yelp’s List of America’s Best Seafood Restaurants
Pampa-Rara has done it again.
For the second time in three years, the popular Apple Valley Mexican restaurant is on Yelp’s Most Popular Restaurants list, this time in the category of âBest Seafood Restaurantsâ in the United States.
Yelp recently compiled a list of the top 25 seafood restaurants in the country, with Pampa-Rara ranking # 4 after receiving five stars and 301 customer reviews.
Located on Navajo Road in the village of Apple Valley, Pampa-Rara’s “Mexican Sea & Land” restaurant was named one of the top 100 places to eat in the United States in 2019, the Daily Press reported.
That year, Pampa-Rara ranked # 35 in Yelp’s sixth annual list of top restaurants, ranked based on customer ratings and the number of reviews restaurants received.
“I can’t believe our little, family-owned corner restaurant is on the list again,” said Ana Gonzalez, who plays the role of chef, cashier, waiter and bottle washer at the restaurant near the corner. from Navajo Road and Highway 18.
Gonzalez and her husband, Ricardo, have three daughters: Valerie, 20; MÃ©lanie, 18 years old; and CÃ©cile, 14 years old.
Gonzalez told the Daily Press that his family had no idea Yelp posted a ranking until a repeat customer came to the store, opened their phone, and showed the family an article on MSN.com.
âWhen we saw we were ranked No. 4 in the country, we were so excited and it really made our day,â said Gonzalez. âIt’s so weird that we’re one of three restaurants listed all over California. We’re even better ranked than restaurants in big cities like Los Angeles and San Diego.
Top-selling dishes in Pampa-Rara include fish tacos, garlic shrimp, ceviche, and “any cocktail on the menu,” said Gonzalez, who added that the hand-made tortillas are also a customer favorite.
Besides seafood, the restaurant offers a wide selection of pork, chicken and beef dishes, including tacos and burritos. They also serve up veg and keto offerings.
Customer Eric P. from Enterprise, Nevada commented on Pampa-Rara, saying, âA really great place! The food is great and such a wonderful family business … it’s like being with old friends when you come there to eat! â
Eric described Pampa-Rara as a welcoming restaurant with great customer service. He said the food was “absolutely delicious”.
âWe had fish tacos and a Carne Asada Burrito on homemade tortillas,â said Eric P .. âAnd as I write this review I’m enjoying half of my burrito that I saved for breakfast !! Delicious !! “
Gonzalez highlights several factors that have made the restaurant successful since it opened in 2015, including attention to detail, fresh ingredients and listening to their customers.
âWe’re a family-run restaurant, where we work 17 hours a day, six days a week, so we consider this place to be our home,â Gonzalez said. âWhen customers walk through our doors, they immediately feel the family atmosphere and they are considered part of our family. “
Gonzalez also praised his loyal customers who helped them “survive” during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced many restaurant dining rooms to close.
âA regular customer, Chris, came to the store and ordered almost every day,â Gonzalez said. âAnother customer, a paramedic, would place an order for $ 20 and leave a tip of $ 50. These are just two of an army of customers who have kept us open and saved us.
Yelp’s Top 3
Hawaiian-infused Malama Pono restaurant on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks took # 1, based on 234 reviews.
A local commented on Yelp that Malama Pono serves a “brilliant combination of local / Hawaiian food mixed with an Asian / American twist.” The dishes are composed of authentic flavors and ingredients and are raised to become his unique dish (s). “
The # 2 spot, with 488 reviews, went to Adrian’s Surf N ‘Turf Grill in San Diego, which prides itself on serving “top-notch cuisine brought to you in a fast-food environment.”
Aloha Shrimp restaurant / food truck in Hauula, Hawaii took third place after garnering 593 reviews. One of them said: âThis little food truck doesn’t look like much, but food is a must stop when exploring the North Shore.
The restaurants listed were mostly smaller businesses, including mom-and-pop and hole-in-the-wall locations.
Pamp-Rara is located at 13663 Navajo Road, Suite 2, Apple Valley. The restaurant’s Yelp profile is available at www.yelp.com/biz/pampa-rara-apple-valley.
For more information about the restaurant, search Pampa-Rara on Facebook or call 760-240-2233.
Journalist Rene Ray De La Cruz can be reached at 760-951-6227, [email protected], Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.