Kitty Pappas Steak House: Woods Cross cafe still a family affair after 64 years in business

Mar 3 2011 - 6:10pm

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Kitty Pappas works in the kitchen of her business, Kitty Pappas Steak House.
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George Pappas, who has worked at the restaurant for more than 30 years, fires up the jukebox at Kitty Pappas Steak House.
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Kitty Pappas Steak House hasn’t changed much in more than 64 years.
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The egg cheeseburger, served with a beer, is a popular menu item at the restaurant.
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Kitty Pappas works in the kitchen of her business, Kitty Pappas Steak House.
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George Pappas, who has worked at the restaurant for more than 30 years, fires up the jukebox at Kitty Pappas Steak House.
KRISTIN HEINICHEN/Standard-Examiner
Kitty Pappas Steak House hasn’t changed much in more than 64 years.
KRISTIN HEINICHEN/Standard-Examiner
The egg cheeseburger, served with a beer, is a popular menu item at the restaurant.

John and Kitty Pappas, husband and wife, opened Kitty Pappas Steak House in 1947, where they worked together in the kitchen creating flavorful steaks, hamburgers, sandwiches and desserts with their own recipes.

In 1962, John Pappas passed away, and since that time, Kitty has worked as the owner and cook for the restaurant.

She arrives at work at 5:30 a.m. to start baking the cakes she has become famous for -- including chocolate, blueberry, raspberry, butterscotch, chocolate mocha and coconut ($2.50 per slice).

Perhaps the hard work has kept her young, said her son George Pappas, who has worked as a server for the past 30 years. She reminds him of the Energizer Bunny, he says, by the way she keeps the restaurant going day after day with no talk of retirement.

They have gained a loyal clientele and perfected their menu over time. "In 64 years, my mom has taken all of the bad stuff off the menu because it didn't sell," said Pappas.

Everything is prepared fresh to order. For example, the Chicken Fried Round Steak ($10.45), with salad, potatoes and a roll, is breaded at the time the order is placed.

It doesn't come with gravy because it is so tasty, "it doesn't need it," said George Pappas.

The restaurant is also well-known for its 20-ounce sirloin steak ($20.95) and the extra-thick 16-ounce club steak ($19.50).

The Eggburger ($5.75) comes with a fried egg on a regular hamburger and is a popular menu item. When they aren't too busy, which isn't often, according to Pappas, they will do specialty orders that are not on the menu. One example is the Deathwitch Burger ($17), a cheeseburger with bacon, salami, egg and pastrami.

Kitty Pappas loves the work she does, especially the gratification she feels from seeing happy people with full bellies.

Note: Kitty Pappas Steak House does not accept credit or debit cards.

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