The Unbearable Banishment: down home cookin’ down on avenue B

Monday, May 18, 2009

down home cookin’ down on avenue B

Have you ever bitten into a piece of fried chicken that was so succulent and so bursting with flavor that a tear of joy trickled gently down your cheek? It can happen to YOU here:

This is Mama’s Food Shop on East 3rd Street and Avenue B in the East Village. I was visiting my old neighborhood the other night and was glad to see it still in business. I remember when it first opened and how happy I was to have decent fried chicken just three blocks away.

[As I walked the familiar streets I noticed many places that I frequented while a resident are now gone. The Pioneer movie theater closed. Like sands through the hourglass…]

This place is sassy. In addition to Mama’s Chicken (fried, baked or roasted), you can load up on Mama’s Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf or Mama’s Seared Salmon. Each dish is only $11! (One side included. Add a side for just a buck.) They have the best mashed potatoes and mac & cheese on Avenue B. The portions are, shall I say, uniquely American.

Here’s Mama’s logo.

See what I mean? Sassy. Mama’s motto is: “SHUT UP AND EAT IT!” So I did.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, you're making me hungry

May 18, 2009 at 5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard that when you chase fried chicken with something healthy like steamed broccoli it cancels out all the calories and grease. So eat up!

May 18, 2009 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger Ellie said...

I'm crying. I'm on a serious no cholesterol diet ... and I so miss fried chicken! And cheese! God I miss cheese. And eggs. Oh, and butter. God bless Butter. Toast with no butter is boring!

And now an end to the self pity.

May 18, 2009 at 6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bacon. wrapped. meatloaf. that's foodgasm territory. place sort of reminds me of Mother's in New Orleans....

May 18, 2009 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Nurse: You can lick the monitor!

HIF: It’s healthier than you think. It’s broccoli with garlic!

Ellie: Sorry to torment you. Seriously, it’s not that good. And cheese? Sucks. Yuck.

Daisy: Bacon wrapped meatloaf, aka, a bacon hamburger. Shaped like a loaf.

May 18, 2009 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger A Free Man said...

Mmmmmm, I haven't had good Southern style fried chicken in ages!

May 18, 2009 at 11:59 PM  
Blogger ~E said...

No, but I have bitten into a nice big piece of fried chicken only to have a gallon of boiling hot oil pour down my chin into places unknown.

It's not as much fun as you'd think.

May 19, 2009 at 5:55 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

AFM: You had to know that this was something you'd give up by moving Down Under.

E: What a buzz kill.

May 19, 2009 at 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much do I want to live in a country with food like that ?

May 20, 2009 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger AM said...

Mmmmm broccoli and coke. The chicken looks OK. If I ever have enough money to visit you and "The Wife" again, as you call her on here, I am hoping we can visit this place!

May 21, 2009 at 11:59 PM  
Blogger Blues said...

Oh my god. You don´t know what your doing to me with this post. Torture, I say.

May 30, 2009 at 6:55 AM  

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