Papi’s Fajita Factory enjoys challenge of creating custom Mexican cuisine

November 2016: Cooking has always been an integral part of Adrian Martinez’s life. Born in Mexico, he grew up in Texas as the eldest of seven children, and he had the responsibility to help out with his brothers and sisters. One of the ways he did that was by helping his mother cook. He learned the old way of preparing authentic Mexican food, and came to love cooking and creating his own dishes.

We ARE OPEN: ”We were lucky not to flood, and our prayers go out to everyone who did. We encourage all the restaurants and other businesses that flooded to keep working towards coming back.” Adrian Martinez

We ARE OPEN: ”We were lucky not to flood, and our prayers go out to everyone who did. We encourage all
the restaurants and other businesses that flooded to keep working towards coming back.” Adrian Martinez

Once grown, he eventually went into the restaurant business with a partner, opening Papi’s restaurants. After several years, the partners went their separate ways, with Martinez retaining the Papi’s in Watson as well as ones in Covington and Texas, while his partner kept the Denham Springs location. Although the Denham Springs and Watson stores still share the Papi’s name, they have completely different ownership, management and menus. To reinforce that distinction, Martinez rebranded his store in Watson as “Papi’s Fajita Factory.”
The addition of “Fajita Factory” to the name was a logical choice because fajitas are one of the restaurant’s specialties.

Our team is here: From helping his mother cook, Adrian Martinez learned the old way of preparing authentic Mexican food, and came to love cooking and creating his own dishes. Now his team is ready to serve you.

Our team is here: From helping his mother cook, Adrian Martinez learned the old way of preparing authentic Mexican food, and came to love cooking and creating his own dishes. Now his team is ready to serve you.

Denisse Velazco, a manager at Watson’s Papi’s Fajita Factory, said, ”Our signature dish is Poblano Pepper Fajitas which consists of chicken, steak or combination fajitas topped with poblano peppers and melted cheese.”
But ranking right up there as a favorite – and one of their largest servings – are the Fiesta Grill Fajitas which includes grilled jumbo shrimp, Diablo shrimp, BBQ ribs, grilled chicken and steak fajitas. This dish may be ordered in portions for two, three or four persons.
True to its name as Papi’s Fajita Factory, it has several additional fajita dishes, probably more than any other local restaurant, including these fajitas versions: Papi’s Chicken (chicken tenders); Texas Chicken (chicken breast); Steak, Surf & Turf; Jumbo Shrimp; or Chipotle Chicken.
Velazco added, “Another popular dish is Burritos a la Parrilla, two large sizzling burritos, one steak and one grilled chicken, topped with white cheese, charro beans and chili sauce and served with sour cream, pico de gallo and guacamole.”
“The type of food served at Papi’s Fajita Factory and most Mexican restaurants in this region is known as TexMex – dishes with a Texas/American influence,” Martinez explained. “I’ve been gradually introducing some of the authentic Mexican cooking I learned from my mother and adding my own twist to them. I do most of the cooking here, and I often just start cooking and making up something new. I tell my co-workers in the kitchen to write it down as I go so we’ll know how I made it. We offer a different special every day, and usually that’s how I introduce my new dishes.”

 

”Our signature dish is Poblano Pepper Fajitas which consists of chicken, steak or combination fajitas topped with poblano peppers and melted cheese.” Denisse Velazco, manager at Watson’s Papi’s Fajita Factory

”Our signature dish is Poblano Pepper Fajitas which consists of chicken, steak or combination fajitas topped with poblano peppers and melted cheese.”
Denisse Velazco, manager at Watson’s Papi’s Fajita Factory

Their recent Mexican style pork fajitas were a big hit. Check out Papi’s Fajita Factory on Facebook to see their special of the day and 10-second video clips of some of their dishes.
Papi’s Fajita Factory has American dishes on the menu, too, such as Papi’s Special Cut Ribeye Steak, T-bone steaks, sweet chipotle BBQ ribs, plus several shrimp, fish and crawfish choices and burgers – although they also include a Mexican burger which features ½ pound spicy beef and tasty Mexican sauce, served with bacon, lettuce, pico de gallo, avocado, onions and French fries.

Details:

Fajita Factory, 35055 La Highway 16, Watson (in the shopping center next to Oak Point Market); 225-271-8720; Facebook: Papi’s Fajita Factory. Open for lunch and dinner every day.
Velazco pointed out that their hamburger patties are “fresh, never frozen, and we make them ourselves.”
Martinez is adding some pasta dishes, such as Mexican fettucine, to the menu as well, even though pasta is not typically found at a Mexican restaurant. Also available, of course, are quesadillas, tacos, burritos and other Mexican favorites – as well as many other dishes NOT on the menu.
“Our customers can request something different, and if we have the ingredients, we can make it,” Martinez explained. “It might be one of our specials from another night, or they can just ask to have a dish made the way they like it. We want people to come here and find something different from all other restaurants.

Fajitas are one of the restaurant’s specialties. Check out Papi’s Fajita Factory on Facebook to see their special of the day and 10-second video clips of some of their dishes. Facebook: Papi’s Fajita Factory.

Fajitas are one of the restaurant’s specialties. Check out Papi’s Fajita Factory on Facebook to see their special of the day and 10-second video clips of some of their dishes. Facebook: Papi’s Fajita Factory.

“You won’t see me in the front of Papi’s much; I’m always in the kitchen, working on a new dishes and checking to make everything is being cooked right. People come to enjoy the food and the moment of eating out, and we always do our best for our customers to make sure it is enjoyable for them.”
He even makes his own unique blend of spices blending lots of different flavors, and they plan to start selling it soon at the restaurant.
Velasco pointed out that Papi’s offers catering and can work with any budget for any type of occasion.

Papi’s of Watson is dedicated to supporting their community and schools

Papi’s of Watson is dedicated to supporting their community and schools

Martinez and his family live in the Watson area, and Papi’s Fajita Factory is involved with the Denham Springs and Watson communities including sponsoring the Live Oak High School wrestling team. Papi’s is a member of the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce and Velazco has been a Chamber Ambassador for three years and is a graduate of their leadership program.
“I want everyone in the area know that I appreciate all their support for Papi’s Fajita Factory,” Martinez said. “We’ve been here in Watson four years, two years in Covington and seven years in Texas. I also say thank you to our other managers, Henry Arevalo and Israel Miranda and all my co-workers who support me,” said Velazco. “They are all hard workers and work as a team. I’m thankful to work with everyone here at Papi’s Fajita Factory; we are all friends.”
Martinez added, “We were lucky not to flood, and our prayers go out to everyone who did. We encourage all the restaurants and other businesses that flooded to keep working towards coming back. We never know what God’s plan is for us. Every day is a challenge, but we have to keep dreaming and keep working towards our dream, because only He knows what the right time is for our dreams.

“I want everyone in the area know that I appreciate all their support for Papi’s Fajita Factory,” Martinez said. “We’ve been here in Watson four years, two years in Covington and seven years in Texas. I also say thank you to our other managers, Henry Arevalo and Israel Miranda and all my co-workers who support me.” We are thankful to work with everyone here at Papi’s Fajita Factory; we are all friends.

“I want everyone in the area know that I appreciate all their support for Papi’s Fajita Factory,” Martinez said. “We’ve been here in Watson four years, two years in Covington and seven years in Texas. I also say thank you to our other managers, Henry Arevalo and Israel Miranda and all my co-workers who support me.” We are thankful to work with everyone here at Papi’s Fajita Factory; we are all friends.

 

“I love this country, I love Louisiana, and I love Livingston Parish. My family lives in Watson and we are proud to call it our home.”
Check Facebook for daily food specials. Mondays have margaritas 2-for-1 all day and Happy Hour 3 pm-6 pm every day for house margaritas and draft beer. On Wednesdays, kids eat free with an adult, and clowns entertain with face painting and balloons.

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