Palapas Restaurant y Cantina has thrived in Seascape Village in Aptos for more than 25 years. When I interviewed longtime manager Don Harper, I soon understood why. Harper had worked as a line cook long before becoming manager, and it was a joy to listen to him discuss the preparations and flavors of Palapas’ many (excellent) dishes in detail. It felt like a master class in the fine points of Mexican cuisine, and I started to regret that I couldn’t devote my article solely to the food. You can learn more about Harper’s favorite Palapas treats, not to mention the history and evolution of the restaurant, on page 46 of the Fall 2016 issue of Santa Cruz Style. Find free print copies at these Santa Cruz County locations. The online version appears here.