Nice Fries

In April 2022, Do by Lauren KruchtenLeave a Comment

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Morgan Street Food Hall’s Buena Papa Fry Bar is getting a little taste of stardom.

If there’s one thing that unites everyone in the world, it’s food. And in recent weeks, award-winning Mexican celebrity chef and TV personality Pati Jinich (of PBS TV series Pati’s Mexican Table fame) came to Morgan Street Food Hall’s Buena Papa Fry Bar as part of a new digital series called Thriving With Food with the nonprofit Stand Together—which premieres mid-April.

The series highlights local immigrant chefs’ stories, contributions and influences on local food scenes. During this special Raleigh visit, Buena Papa co-owner Johanna Windon (a native of Bogota, Columbia, who immigrated to the U.S. when she was 6 years old) and her husband, James, chatted with Jinich about “how, as Americans, we are all united by our shared connection of people coming from all over the world to contribute to our country—especially through food.”

Jinich also cooked side-by-side with the Buena Papa chefs in a Diners, Drive-ins and Dives-style format (minus the bleach blonde hair…).

But before you tune in to this little fry-day activity, a little background on Buena Papa… The husband-and-wife team founded the casual eatery in 2021 in Raleigh. Buena Papa’s (which translates to “good potato”) menu was inspired by the Columbian food Windon grew up eating—and, fun fact, the entire menu is in Spanish in an attempt to help English-speaking customers learn the language—plus, a lot of the ingredients are specially imported from Colombia. 

Once you try Buena Papa’s loaded fries (topped with everything from Colombian refried beans and fried pork belly to meatballs and tomato sauce to grilled chicken and tzatziki), you’ll understand the a-peel… and that’s something everyone can agree on.

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