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Hungry Mother
Hungry Mother
  • Address:
    233 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02141
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Hungry Mother Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.HungryMotherCambridge.com
  • Phone: (617) 499-0090
  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday-Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm :::: Beer, Wine & Liquor served til 12am ::::
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Southern, French
  • 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 (617) 499-0090

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Every single dish was spot-on! Impeccable food, cocktails, wine, and beer!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "nowhere near up to the current hype.....southern cuisine can be better than that"
    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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This is 3rd or 4th time we went to HM, and I can say that we have had many different things over time, and never a disappointment. From apperif drinks to desserts, everything works great and is served with utmost care and attention."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Amazing meal! Everything we had was fantastic, from the corn bread to the escargot appitizer to the catfish and grits side dish."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I cant fill out 50 characters, the food was amazing, the service was great. Nothing but great things to say"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Creative, Southern cuisine with great attention to meal composition made for a wonderful dining experience. I highly recommend the catfish which has many flavors and textures in the accompaniments. Four of us at the table tried many different things and we all were very pleased. Service was friendly and knowledgeable, and the ambiance pleasant."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a great overall experience at Hungry Mother. The only complaint we had was that our waiter was cold. She did her job fine, service was fast, everything came out correctly. She didn't tell us her name, just came right over and started telling us about the entree special and asked us what we wanted to drink. She just wasn't warm & friendly and that's the vibe we got from the restaurant itself."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "A wonderful dining experience for a relaxed and outstanding meal. We enjoyed the cast iron chicken and the cornmeal crusted catfish, both of which were especially yummy. The service was timely and they even purchased our movie tickets at the Landmark Theater while we dined! Parking was easy and inexpensive at the nearby garage. Do it, you'll love it!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "To tell you the truth, I never liked the Southern Cuisine.My memory of food from the south goes back to my high school days. I was an exchange student from Japan, and my host family took me to the south. Fried chicken was so greasy, grits was out of understanding...I told myself to stay away from the southern dishes. Some of my acquaintance here recommended me Hungry Mother. It was a kind of my revenge match with the southern cuisine...And I really liked it! Corn bread was awesome. Fried Cats fish was fluffy and crunchy. And baked girts!!!!It was completely different from what I know. It would have been better for me the porsion of ham on the grits was a kind of too much, but still I really enjoyed it. It worth making reservation ."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is my fourth visit to Hungry Mother--I just keep coming back for more! The meal was superb from start to finish. Go now and get the escargot appetizer before it's off the menu!!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Third time we've dined here. Each time has been great. The service last evening was unusually good. The sommelier (not sure if this was her title or she was just unusually knowledgeable--has just received her post grad degree in food science and wine though) was very helpful and the recommendations were perfect for our party. The food--preparation and offerings--were sublime. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Hungry Mother is not resting on its laurels. In spite of being highlighted by Boston magazine, this place takes nothing for granted. They greet you graciously, seat you, serve you, and pamper you. The food is Virginia Southern, and the atmosphere matches that vibe. It's a great place for a romantic dinner, and they help you get a ticket for Kendall Square cinema at a discount. Everything is "just right" here, including the intimate size, fine bar, and attentive wait staff. We have been here at least five time, sometimes with a larger group, and have always had an outstanding dinner."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food on our visits to HM has been uniformly excellent and the service is very good as well. However the noise level is too high to allow for comfortable conversation among 4 diners - it is annoying to keep saying "what?" all through dinner. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Made me feel welcome from the front door and throughout the meal. Food was excellent and exceeded any expectations. As a Massachusetts native, I was ashamed I had not visited this restaurant before. I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food was absolutely delicious - we had appetizers and were a little bit disappointed that you could not get the escargot without ham but that made us try food that we had never had before and discovered the cornbread and the deviled eggs. The dessert as usual was fantastic and not a crumb was left on the plate. I am never disappointed going to the Hungry Mother for dinner!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Hungry mother was overall a great dining experience. The flavors of all of the food were wonderful and delicious. I would highly recommend the catfish dish which was our favorite. The asparagus appetizer was also a big hit! The servers were polite and very professional. All of the food was timed perfectly and came our just when it was meant to. However, it is a more high brow place, so if you are looking for something less fancy and less expensive this is not your restaurant. The portion sizes on dinner were adequate but not large. I would definitely go back again for a special occasion type of meal. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The person at the front desk didn't even say "hello" when we arrived. The noise level was extremely loud especially in the first room in which we were seated. It's a room about 18' x 16' that had five tables in it and no window. We had to ask to be moved to the larger space which was considerably better. We honestly couldn't hear one another and it was a special occasion, a birthday. The drinks were fine. The food was creative but really just okay, and the ambience is fine. We sat for a long time before we first saw our server. Our food was not hot. With tip for two people: $245.00. One would expect a rather delightful evening for that amount of money. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I love Hungry Mother. I love how their ambience is not over the top, very comfortable. Their food is outrageously good. The service is always fantastic; incredibly personable and always has great pairing recommendations. My favorite spot for special occasions."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We are in Boston for a Baseball tour. Someone at home in Denver said we had to eat at the Hungry Mother. They were right. The service and the food were a true find. If we were to return to Boston I would not hesitate to eat here again. A little noisy for a senior citizen. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "My wife and I go to Hungry Mother when we want a guaranteed delight. Seriously: every time we go, even if the menu has changed and we go out on a limb, we're rewarded for our adventure with refined, delicately-balanced fascinating food. Great drinks, top-notch experience for anybody from foodie to fiancé. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We hope John, the host, completes de 100 mile bile ride benefiting Best Buddies. Support his effort, order the Best Buddy special drink!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "My daughter and I had a great meal at the Hungry Mother. The antebellum cornbread had a great crisp crust. The dijon perfectly complemented the wagyu beef tongue. The kitchen elevated the simple deviled egg. My daughter enjoyed her gnocchi which was wonderfully paired with escargot. The deserts were also expertly prepared. Although I cannot remember the name, the desert combining brown butter, rhubarb, and meringue was bright and fresh."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Hungry Mother definitely lived up to it's hype! Great food...the service was outstanding! The people are so kind there and it's a definite MUST for any Cambridge food lovers! The boiled peanuts and deviled egg appetizers are a must-get! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The food and service were first-rate and we were especially impressed when the receptionist offered us an umbrella loaner as we were leaving."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The cornbread and the mesclun salad were delicious. The Bavette and cast iron chicken were out of this world. Yummy little financiers to finish. Perfectly prepared and presented. Excellent service staff. Our first time dining here, and I'm sure the entire menu is outstanding. A perfect meal and one of the best restaurants we've had the pleasure of experiencing."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Excellent farm fresh food with an very good and well priced wine list. This is a MUST TRY."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The two of us went out for a special event. Everyone told us to be sure to make reservations. We did, and we were seated immediately on arrival. I had the steak and my wife had the bream. We shared a cornbread appetizer and a side of collard greens. We both really enjoyed the food. The service was extremely attentive without being overbearing. Our desserts (chess pie and a cheesecake with fruit sauce) were yummy. Our table was tiny, but that did not present problems, given that extra plates were quickly removed. This restaurant is pricey, but worth it for special occasions."
    Dined on 5/4/2014