Papa Jay’s is a hidden secret
Story and photos by RODNEY D. BOAM
Papa Jay’s, in Clifton, 12 and half miles northwest of Preston, known for their flavored gourmet beef jerky. It’s is also the home of a great eatery. Papa Jay’s Deli is a great place to find some unique sandwiches, burgers, tasty hot sandwiches and trimmings.
Patrons from Clifton’s town of nearly 300 people wander in to Papa Jay’s, the main retail business in the area, to buy gas, groceries and snacks, but the real gem is in the back, the deli. Visitors from Twin Lakes recreation area have found the different menu items to their liking, maybe because Papa Jay’s is the only eating establishment in the area, but there are folks who drive from Logan to Clifton for an out of the area dining experience.
Besides a hamburger and fries, there are a few slow cooked roast beef sandwiches to savor. Mary Penrod, daughter of Papa Jay’s founder Jay Moyle, owns the establishment. She said their top seller is the Pepper Popper, one of their hot (spicy) roast beef sandwiches on a bun. It can come with chips and a pickle, or like the hamburger, fries can be added. The fries are baked in a commercial toaster oven, not fried in oil.
So far, one cook and cashier can handle the lunch crowd. During the summer they serve mostly high school aged boys helping local farmers. The boys order double and single hamburgers with a choice of lettuce, tomatoes, onions and other condiments. All the burgers and chicken sandwiches are cooked on a quick burger cooker, with a top and bottom heated burner.
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