Hungry Mother
Hungry Mother

Hungry Mother

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hungrymothercambridge.com/
  • Phone: 6174990090
  • Hours of Operation:
    Wednesday-Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm :::: Beer, Wine & Liquor served til 12am ::::
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Barry Maiden
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private events are sometimes possible on Mondays. The minimum number of guests would need to be 50. Please contact the restaurant for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Rachel 6174990090

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Binney St.
  • Public Transit: Hungry Mother is a 10 minute walk from the Kendall-MIT redline stop. Walk through Marriott hotel, turn left on Broadway, cross railroad tracks, bear right on Hampshire St., turn right on Cardinal Medeiros Ave. The restaurant is at the end of the block on the left.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking in the Kendall Cinema Garage is located half a block from Hungry Mother on Binney Street. With our stamp, $5 after 5pm Mon.-Fri., up to four hours. $5 all day Sat. and Sun.
A word from Hungry Mother
Hungry Mother is a neighborhood restaurant, offering a welcoming place to enjoy great food, unique and local wines and beers, as well as cocktails and liquors. Chef Maiden's food is blend of his training in classical French techniques, his Virginian roots, and his commitment to local sustainable ingredients.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Hungry Mother reviews from OpenTable diners
202 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (154)neighborhood gem (114)special occasion (107)romantic (81)hot spot (32)notable wine list (32)good for groups (11)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (7)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • EnTravels
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Their food is wonderful. The pan roasted chicken is fabulous! The skin is crisp yet the meat is moist and tender. My husband had the brisket and it was fork tender and delicious. The service was opposite of the food. We had waited for so long for someone to even acknowledge us. Luckily the manager happen to walk by and noticed us. We hardly saw the waitress all evening. Normally we get the "how's the food" as soon as the food is dropped off and we had not even taken a bite yet, but we didn't even get that.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From All the Raves, Not Impressed!
    dmvcwdVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Visiting Boston, all I heard was... go to Hungry Mother. It was tough to secure a table, but we did. Starters: Pork Belly & Green Salad. Pork Belly was inedible due to over powering anchovy flavoring. I was expecting something like Cesar salad hints, not a full on fish dish. You couldn't even detect the pork, very disappointing. Main selections - Roasted Chicken & Brisket: chicken was nicely done, but nothing that would bring me back; brisket was mostly fat & the flavor wasn't appealing. My dining companion & I struggled to determine a lingering spice which just left an unpleasant after taste. ONLY REDEEMING ITEM: Grits with cheese & smoked bacon. If you go, order it, its fantastic! We skipped dessert, not wanting to tempt fate.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unaccommodating and pretentious
    317537
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food is fantastic, but that's a given. Table service was great. The hostess and manager were abominable. We had a late reservation (made on open table 2 days in advance, all the "normal" dinner times were taken, ok...9:30 it is). Hoping to be seated a little sooner, we showed up in advance to ask about moving it up. This was not possible, they were "fully booked" and would not be able to seat us before the time of our reservation. When we were seated at 9:30 we walked through a sea of open tables. Our dinner was rushed, and by the time we left we were the last ones in the dining room. Friends of ours had an earlier reservation and informed us that they sat next to an open 4-top for the entirety of their meal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than comfort food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Always a delectable and gracious dinning experience. Suitable for out of town guests and corporate dinning. Save the cornbread for desert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hard to beat HM.
    Jslacks
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    If you're in the market for a great meal in Cambridge... this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent!
    mikenjeneat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We started with the scallop app and the meat plate. the scallops were amazing and the ham and cheese biscuits were out of this world! I wanted another one! Michael had the brisket with cream corn which was an amazing dish. I was very happy with my chicken. I've already made my reservation to go back at the end of September.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food with a twist
    GlobaltravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I went for dinner and was seated in a left hand corner. However, I am left handed and would end up hitting the wall. First the maître d' said there were no more tables, which I could clearly see that there were. Then he came back and offered to seat me in the windowless right hand corner. Strange, the couple that came in after me was seated at a nice table by a window. Hmmmmm. Anyway, I didn't want to sit in the dark corner, so he pulled the table away from the wall for me and gave me a complimentary order of cornbread with sorghum butter. It was absolutely scrumptious. For my appetizer I had the fish croquettes - very good but VERY salty. For my entrée, I had the cornmeal crusted catfish over dirty rice which was divine.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lily
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We have a tight group of four people that goes out and trays and shares as many dishes as possible. It was great with the appetizers, we loved the smoked wagyu beef tang and the the antebellum cornbread. For the main dishes it was not much of a choice, but the cast iron chicken was delicious and the beef brisket was great. The baked antebellum grits was interesting! I tried to follow your advise to not to get my heart too set on anything, but I really missed the french gnocchi that day. Need to come back, if only I get to reserve a spot!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really enjoyed our dinner
    MrwatsonVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had the steak and catfish along with cornbread and grits. Great Pinot. Dinner was fantastic. Great service. Delicious little pb-chocolate oat bites with the bill. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treasure in cambridge
    nw2014VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Have always heard great things about Hungry Mother, and it did not disappoint! The food is wonderful, and I enjoyed the homey, cosy setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ToughCustomer
    ToughCustomer
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Splendid dinner! Not the first time for us at this restaurant. This is the second time, and both times were superb. The originality and textured flavors are really unlike any restaurant we have been to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hungry Mother is a Must!
    MetalOxVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    All four in my party agreed that this is the best restaurant we've been to in a long time. From wine to appetizers to dessert, it's a win.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gr8 food marred by impolite server
    rick
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was quite good, but our server just ruined it for me. She just sort of walked up to our table and said "so we have a special soup....." Then walked away. No introduction or niceties. Throughout the meal, she would just appear and not say much when standing at the table. Not bad service, per se, just not even the bare minimum of friendliness. Also, we asked her to call a cab for us, which she didn't do and just disappeared. The food and cocktails were amazing though so I would recommend it and would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern Cooking in Boston!
    Cassiopia
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food was absolutely delicious. Best grits, tasso and cheese I have ever had. Menu is a little limited and I would to see the low country shrimp and grits as an addition. Profiteroles were our dessert and they were great - filled with and unbelievable creamy chocolate mousse. Can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Mother" won't send you to therapy
    foodcoma
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Every element of every dish was wonderful. I love to cook, but I don't have the time or resources to put into even one dish that Hungry Mother does for every single dish. The flavors are vibrant, with delightful surprises. Even the little bits of ham on the deviled eggs...They cure their own. This was only my second visit; it was recommended to me by a colleague, and then I took a cooking class at Cambridge Center for Adult Education and asked the instructor (who works at Sofra) where he likes to go for dinner, and he recommended Mother. This trip was with a dear friend who lives between San Francisco and wine country and loves good food, and there was swooning going on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place, all around
    shallor
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food was incredible, drink selection is out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Excellent
    LJ23
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Novel interpretations of simple food, beyond expertly prepared. Everything had an artistic complexity, but our favorites had a nuanced subtlety. Scallops app, simple roast chicken entree, for example, were remarkable. I am actually originally from the border of NC/VA, and some of the flavors really did summon rare regional associations. Service was great. Noise level would be quiet except that it is a very small restaurant so you hear other people talking, clearly. Ambience is great actually as well, except for the small size of the dining room. This is coming from a person who just lived 10 yrs in NYC--- so believe me, it's truly very tight in there, but well worth it. Intimate. Don't try to get in without a reservation. Foodie-haven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yes, please, more!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Had a great special occasion dinner. The restaurant was closing the next day for vacation but you'd never have known it. The bavette steak was mouth-wateringly delicious, served over a bed of very thinly slice vegetables with a marrow sauce. The catfish was exquisite. We started with the cornbread served with sorghum butter, something different for us, but we greatly enjoyed it. We had no room for dessert, unfortunately. We look forward to returning, and not just because we enjoyed talking with one of the owners. That was delightful, but the food was worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for special dinner
    cms1388
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Delicious food and cocktails, great for a special dinner with one person or a small group. Ordered the corn bread, scallops, catfish, and bluefish, and all was delicious. Cocktail selection was fantastic as well. Entrees are a bit pricey so for regular occasions, I might stick to drinks and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in Boston/Cambridge
    Gail
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Hungry Mother is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in the Boston/Cambridge area and I've been a local for 40 years. The food is comfort food for foodies. Try their signature catfish or I recently had the skillet chicken which was the best chicken I've had in a while. Great cocktails too. It's not pretentious and is very consistent. See a movie nearby at the Kendall Square Cinema while you're there. Book ahead do you won't be disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but ....
    cbmh
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    A pleasant evening and the food was interesting/inventive (loved the cornbread!) but it didn't quite live up to the hype. We would go again, if convenient. There were a couple bothersome things: first, the production about getting a reservation! A group of 6 is not huge. They made us call twice, then get a credit card deposit, then they asked us to call again -- hey, this isn't dining at the White House or anything and not even a Friday or Saturday night! Also, one wait person seemed annoyed that we were actually having a conversation at the table rather than waiting quietly until she appeared. In general the service was pleasant but this one staff interrupted us unceremoniously and it felt a bit unwelcoming. Overall, like but not love.....
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soul Food with a Twist
    Goldfish
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It is well thought out soul food with good flavor. First we sit both my husband and I couldn't read the menu, slightly dim lighting and we both need reading glasses but won't admit it. It wasn't a bad thing, it only enhanced the meal. As each dish came out we had a lovely time searching our tastebuds to guess the flavors. Sourgum butter on the their cornbread. Zing of mustard on the wagu cheeks. Pickled Watermelon cutting a citrus hint on the scallops. Earthy/Fois Gras creaminess of the giblets. Rich lobster & Grits. We ordered all but 2 of the appetizers and 1 entree. If entrees don't appeal order appetizers as the meal. The Sweet Tea and Profiteroles for dessert had a light sweet balance. The appetizers seem more interesting than
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints!!
    KellyVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Service is great and the food is amazing. The beef tongue is to die for; it is fantastic! Great local beer selection. This is my and my boyfriend's favorite restaurant hands down.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent!
    happyboyfriend
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I took my girlfriend to dinner here for her birthday, and she loved it! It was a perfect birthday place. We had the cornbread (which was good, but I'm from the South, so I could make something similar I think, so it wasn't out-of-this-world) and the lobster and grits (also good, but maybe a tad too salty) as appetizers. The main courses--two fish dishes--were phenomenal, as was the dessert and the service. We'll definitely be back!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely Perfect Meal
    Scott
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The cornbread, beef tongue, seafood pan-roast, catfish, collard greens, and drinks were all outstanding and cooked / made perfectly. Well seasoned, well thought-out menu and flavor combinations, and terrific service. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I chose HM for a special occasion after a lot of research and reading a ton of reviews. Sadly, we weren't blown away. The food was good, but nothing that I'd love to go back for.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • special place
    Jim816
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here. Jazz-like riffing on southern soul food. Really good. At the table the orders varied from their chicken to catfish to steak. Everyone was pleased. Signature cornbread was really good. Tried the side order of grits which was very good. Nice atmosphere, too.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well Done
    passingthrough
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Found this place on Yelp as we were in town for leisure. Great dinner all around. Portions were just right and the "fried" chicken was wonderful.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as usual
    Jon88
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    It's always a pleasure to dine at Hungry Mother. The only downside for me is that the cornmeal-crusted catfish is so good that I always have to order it. The rhubarb cake with buttermilk icecream was out of this world.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Amazing!
    boathouseVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    What an incredible dining gem! From ambiance, to food, to service -- a perfect combination. The appetizers were amazing -- and the catfish entree was memorable. You must try the cornbread with the homemade honey butter. Delicious! Portions are perfect. The servers were attentive and friendly. The food is different - loved the Southern flair (unique for Boston dining) - beautifully presented and prepared with such great care. It was a truly wonderful dining experience and we are looking forward to a return visit.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    TAC1VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    One of the best meals I've had in the Boston area...great service...laid back atmosphere...not too loud. Looking forward to going back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Very attentive staff and the catfish on the menu was "Fishy" in taste and smell.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food!
    locavore
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Every single dish was spot-on! Impeccable food, cocktails, wine, and beer!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nowhere near up to the current hype
    disappointed
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    nowhere near up to the current hype.....southern cuisine can be better than that
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  • Amazing all the way around!
    VisitingDiner
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Great service and amazing food! The menu was diverse and offered something for everyone. From the ease of making reservations, to the bartender and wait staff - the service level was impeccable. The food was unique, beautifully presented and the flavors were superb! Highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Simply great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This is a great place to eat. The food and service are exceptional. Though unpretentious on the outside. This is one of the best of Boston.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Attitude with a capital A
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We have dined here many times. When we have friends in town we always go to Hungry Mother. No more. The arrogance of the entire staff, Maitre de to the waiters SUCK. The food is really good most times but we are over the "snobby"arrogance that permeates this cute little place. They need to at least try and make you feel like they are glad you are there. Maybe aloof is just the new normal.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My friend and I couldn't get enough of the grits and chicken at Hungry Mother. The latter specifically was perfectly seared, crispy and still juicy and delicious. While I didn't find the service very talkative or attentive, the food and quiet, warm atmosphere made up for it.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • collchar
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Great service, water glass always full. Nice selection of different kinds of food. Liked that the bar tender made a drink just for me. Good selection of food. Very nice wait staff.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef and chef
    Explorer
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Went to see the movie Chef at Kendall Square, which really stimulated an appetite for great food. Walked half a block to Hungry Mother and it proved a lovely continuation of a theme -- creative, delicious food. And not the usual dishes in this city. Subtle, aromatic mixed fish dish, and amazing texture and flavors of the catfish entree. Dessert of strawberry shortcake pure summer
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.