Earlier today, I stumbled upon a new restaurant: Mama Lucy's. It's a bit hidden, just off of Bryant St, across the street from the SFPD HQ and next to the bail bonds places. It's across an alley way from Caffe Roma.
The decor was quite nice and modern, with three TVs on. I was welcomed with a smile and promptly seated. I noticed the small open kitchen. I later learned the restaurant has been open for just one month.
The menu is quite focused: your choice of two entrees: (1) fried catfish or (2) fried chicken wings. You get two sides from a selection of standard soul food items, including collard greens, corn, rice, red beans, macaroni salad, green salad, etc.
Two specials were offered: (1) crab noodles and (2) shrimp marinara.
I chose the fried catfish with red beans and collard greens.
The impetus for this review was the catfish - simply amazing. A crunchy non-greasy thin crust over hot, moist and tender fish. The collard greens were also tender, with a subtle balance of sweet and tangy, not too salty and not too vinegary at all. The red beans were OK.
Somewhat pricey, almost $16 for the plate and a lemonade before tip, but given the nice new decor and the great fish, I was OK with it.
I am definitely going back to try the wings, other sides, some specials, and more fried catfish!
Seems comparable to Hard Knox on Third St in terms of food quality and friendly service. Better decor, slightly higher prices.
Mama Lucy's Soulful Comfort Cuisine
1 Gilbert Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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