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eeee | Jul 15, 2003 11:53 PM

For dinner tonight, I swung by this modest establishment on 3rd between A and B. Mama's is a perennial on those "best bargain meal" lists that come out periodically. I can see why.

Mama's is basically a cafeteria. Dishes of mains and sides are displayed in a small, shabby, cozy room with some tables. You walk up to the cramped little display, ask for your food (main course and one side, and I think you can get one more side for a nominal sum) and get it either to go or stay. There are also little seats outside if the weather is nice - those plastic seats with the attached desk, just like middle school, not real seating for groups.

I opted for the grilled salmon and a side of Greek salad. I then decided to gild the lily and ordered an additional side of mashed potatoes.

The grilled salmon was quite satisfying - a large, moist hunk of fish. It needed salt, but that was easy enough to supply.

The Greek salad was absolutely delicious, filled with ripe red slices of tomato, unusually creamy feta cheese and, as a special bonus, roasted garlic.

I barely got a few bites of the mashed potatoes down, but they were quite fine as well.

The desserts were homey looking - cobbler and the like. I bet they're good, but again, no room for dessert.

This fine meal was something like $9.80. I would describe it as good home cooking. If I had the time to shop and the inclination, I could prepare something comparable, but I am just as happy to eat it at Mama's.

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