Popped in for lunch last Tuesday around 11:45 am. There are eight
booths (4 tops) along one wall and a counter with eight stools along the
opposite side. Only three booths were occupied and there was one other
person finishing his lunch at the counter. All booths were full when I left around 12:15. Service was very friendly (Loretta's daughters, iirc) and the food served quite promptly, nice and hot. The decor is rather stark, sort of a converted warehouse feel, high ceilings, but clean and bright.
I ordered the fried chicken, dark meat, leg & thigh (6.50), white meat (breast & wing) is 7.50). All lunches come with choice of two sides and either cornbread or a roll. I chose the mac 'n cheese and collard greens. Other options were black-eyed peas, chili beans, corn on the cob, mac - potato - or green salad, and a few others I don't recall (they had run out of take-out menus).
Chicken was cooked perfectly, no hint of grease and a nice crispy
crust. The creamy style mac 'n cheese was terrific, one of the best I've had in a long while. The collard greens were tender but not mushy, with a slight tang as well as a hint of sweetness, she told me their secret ingredient, but I promised to keep it a secret (said it keeps them from being bitter). Cornbread was decent.
Other offerings include Ribs (3/7.95), tri-tip (6.95) and hot wings (3.95). Specials are on Thursdays, Chitterlings (6.95) and on Fridays it's a choice of Catfish or Red Snapper (7.95, iirc).
Desserts are Mama Lo's famous peach cobbler (I got 4 to go and was a big hit with three special ladies in my life), sweet potato pie
(overheard a customer moan because they had already run out that
morning), and a 7-UP pound cake, all 2.50 I believe. Their menu states that home-made desserts to order are available with a 24 hour notice.
They've only been open since last April, but the recent article in the Bee is starting to get people's attention. Hopefully they don't get slammed real hard all at once where they won't be able to handle the traffic.
Since I have to be at the Home and Garden Show a week from Friday (Oct 27), I'm planning to check out their Red Snapper that day around 11:45, if any local hounds care to join in shoot me an email and I'll reserve a table if need be. dlw38 AT sbcglobal DOT net.
Might even get around to checking out the ribs tomorrow, will add to this report if I do. In any event.... go see Mama!
Mama Lo's Soul Food - CASH only
952 F. Street, just off Tulare St. (not 925 as reported in the paper) - metered parking 25 min. for $0.25
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