15 August 2011

Miss Mamie's Spoonbread Too


Both times I have been to Miss Mamie's, the entire restaurant has been run by one woman, and awfully slow in customer traffic. If you don't mind having the place to yourself, this is a great place to get some well-made comfort food.

Start off with some homemade iced tea ($3) or lemonade ($3.95, below) for a very refreshing drink on a hot summer day. Served in country jars, both are pre-sweetened, but not overly so.


Your table will get a small plate of the house corn bread (below) with your order, and once buttered up this is tasty stuff. Save some room for your enormous portions to come though.


The sampler platter ($17.95, below) is a good way to get your bearings in this place, and is definitely enough food for two people to share. There are a lot of options and this woman has absolutely no time for your dilly-dallying, so be prepared with your choices! There is BBQ, fried catfish, ribs, etc., and plenty of sides. It is probably the type of decision where you can't go wrong. The BBQ shines and is sweet, while the meats are perfectly tender.


On an early afternoon visit on a weekend, we steered toward Aunt Lizzie's chicken & homemade waffles ($12.95, below). The chicken is moist inside and crispy outside, as you come to expect, but the waffles are a revelation. They are soft and pillowy and can easily be eaten without butter or syrup, standing alone and delicious.


If you have room left, go for the banana pudding ($4.95, below), which is a delicate balance of pudding and Nilla Wafer. I will go on the record as saying it is the best banana pudding I have ever eaten.


366 West 110th Street, New York NY

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