Mama's Boy Southern Table & Refuge
Mama's Boy Southern Table & Refuge

Mama's Boy Southern Table & Refuge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mamasboyct.com/
  • Phone: 2039567171x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday Saturday 11:30 am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm -10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 10:30 am - 5:00pm

    Bar Closes Later
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Mama's Boy Southern Table & Refuge
We call ourselves a “southern table and refuge”because that’s exactly what we are. A place to enjoy casual, yet refined country cuisine where you’re treated like family and can seek respite from the world in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere that pays tribute – in every way – to all that’s great about the great South.

From the reclaimed wood from a Florence, South Carolina, water tower that brings warmth to our space, to the authentic Alabama railroad ties from which to hang your hat, Mama’s Boy is putting the “South” in South Norwalk. As for the food? Fabulously fresh, locally sourced, lovingly prepared. You’ll find all your southern favorites, from classic shrimp and grits to country fried game hen, with a modern Mama’s Boy twist…because we like to present “low country” in high style.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Mama's Boy Southern Table & Refuge reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (39)neighborhood gem (35)great for brunch (29)good for groups (28)great for outdoor dining (26)vibrant bar scene (25)great for lunch (22)hot spot (21)kid-friendly (15)special occasion (13)late-night find (11)romantic (4)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Cool Brunch Spot...
    Jackpak90
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We really enjoyed this place as a family venue and this past visit as a time to hang with friends. Food was fresh..pitcher of sangria too much for us but may be good for about 8 people.. now we know...very accommodating staff/servers...we will definitely be back..
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    Shelly1972
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Some friends and I met for brunch at Mama's Boy. I was the first to arrive so I took a seat at the bar. The Mama's Mimosa Cocktail is amazing. The manager ( I think that is who she was) sat with me for a few moments and made some suggestions from the menu. I had the chicken and waffles and they were excellent. We also ordered the basket of pastries for the table. The cheddar, bacon and jalapeno scones!!!!!!!!!! SO GOOD!!! All in all, a great place and I will be going back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed a second time
    KathBonVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The first 2 times we went to Mama's Boy we were very happy with the food and overall service. The 3rd time the service was off, so we decided one more time. First the noise.....well you have to shout to your table mates to be heard. Not great. The food comes very quickly -- really too quickly between apps and entree. They have fabulous corn bread -- but this time we were never served any. When we asked, they "ran out" -- on a Saturday night at 7PM. My cornbread salad had no cornbread. We had to waive down the server to receive a check. When you pay $100 for 2, not including the tip I think you should expect a better experience. Eventhough my hubby loves the yardbird we won't be going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it BUT!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Great spot in Norwalk, CT. The atmosphere is really cool and the live music is wonderful. I would not recommend the chicken and waffles for brunch if you are really hungry. The portion is suitable for a child. If you are an adult order something else or you are guarntee to leave hungry. The hostess saw the disappointment on my face when my entree arrived and she came over and asked what she could do to make me happy. She had them bring out the other half of the waffle. I was appreciative but still left hungry. The wait staff and hostesses are very friendly and aim to please .
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for brunch.
    GabbyGirl
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Excellent Bloody Mary's (the green tomato mary is my favorite, but the bacon one is a close second). Food is a great southern take on traditional breakfast foods, portions are generous but not overwhelming, and the staff are friendly and welcoming. Can't wait to go back and try something else!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Tops for Southern Food
    tymelyronVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Best Southern cuisine in the area, from the inventive cocktails to fried oysters and chowder for starters to shrimp and grits and scallops with risotto for mains; burger one of the better around; save room for dessert, cakes are amazing.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not what it once was
    friedokra
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Happy hour specials only at bar, Choices more limited, portions smaller, and not as well executed. Probably won't be back
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch with good old friends!
    CTSouthernGirl007
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Lightn' Bug cocktails..a must! Great grits and chopped salad! Save room for Mama's Mile High cake - YUM!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mamma's Boy is a must try!
    Conlon10
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Went for Sunday brunch, music and mimosa's.. we were lucky enough to have Alex as our server, wonderful waiter, made for a fantastic experience! Will definately return.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very impressed
    dconct
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Delicious food, bottomless mimosas, and the infectious sounds of Lipbone Redding made for an awesome brunch experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wasn't great, wasn't terrible
    cdhwa80VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    If you're going to name something the best dang manhattan you ever had, please at least be somewhat better than an average bar that isn't supposed to excel at whiskey. The food was pretty ok otherwise. Our waitress was pretty slow and sloppy. Did not appreciate the servers closing down the section well before closing time. Ruins atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the menu
    KWdine
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Unique, lively and fun experience with a menu unlike anything else in fairfield county.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot for Down Home Southern
    DanBoot
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Mama's Boy reminds me of other restaurants down south that put good old comfort food on the table. The food and beverages were quite good and the wait staff was polite and friendly, just a bit slower than my NY energy level is used to. I'd surely go back on an occasion when I wasn't pressed for time! Our party of four were served Sirloin steak, their featured Chicken recipe and a fish dish. All were delicious and nicely presented. I only wish I had enough time to try some of the fantastic looking desserts.. Next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • return
    David
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We had bewen to the restaurant on another occasion and, for some reason, had a better experience. The waitperson was attentive and helpful, but the brunch was not as memorable as had been the other occasion, which was a lunch. One person in our party ordered hash, which turned out to be a bunch of dry potatoes, not the usual dish oine thinks of as hash. The waitperson, upon request, brought Hollandaise, which helped. It was noisy, which didn't really bother us, but we'd recommend sitting in the back room, not the front which had not only a bar but a musician. It's not a place we'd put on our regular list of destinations, although it has attractive features and a pleasant staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Brunch
    McK3
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Great spot for brunch that can accomodate large groups. Excellent food and great selection of drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so loud I could not enjoy the night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    the layout of the seating arrangements is long and narrow and the noise barrels through like a sound tunnel. The noise from surrounding tables and the conversations that were held at a shouting level ruined our time. The only way anyone can be heard there is to shout. The waiters must be half deaf at the end of their shifts. The food needed to be sent back to the kitchen to be cooked properly but the management and staff were very helpful and professional. The unattractive space and high noise levels will be difficult for this restaurant to overcome. Its a shame because the concept is interesting.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I cant believe it took me
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I cant believe it took me a year to find this gem. The food was awesome and so was the scene. This is my new spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable
    LandA
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We haven't had food this good in a long, long time. Mama taught her boy well. The food is expertly prepared and well presented. We had crab cake and she crab soup for appetizers, shrimp and grits and sweet potato gnocchi for the main event, and even found room for a giant slab of the cake of week. Oh, and let's not forget the little corn muffins with the house's pepper jelly. Each and every thing was superb. If I lived near South Norwalk, I'd be back again and again. The staff were very pleasant and attentive, and worked well as a team on a busy, busy night. The restaurant is pretty loud, so if you're looking for a quiet, romantic evening, this might not be the place, but DO try it on a night when you're feeling lively.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great! Will be back!
    mamasgirl
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Food is delicious, tried the low-country bouillabaisse, husband had the cornbread crusted catfish. Both were excellent. Specialty cocktails are yummy too, though my husband did not care for the okra martini. Great atmosphere, definitely will come back, especially want to try brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Nice restaurant with good food and service. However, portions are a bit small for the price. Otherwise, enjoyed the experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • second time
    friedokra
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    This was a return trip for us. The food is still excellent. The menu seemed more limited than the first time. If there were any specials they weren't read to us. We wish they had kept the half plates on the menu. We will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Southernlover
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Decent wine list. Appetizers were terrific. Both entrees, chicken and fillet were delicious. Dessert cheese plate was just ok.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    Fancy
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I would come again, many interesting choices to try
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different and outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Food was creative and outstanding! Brick bourbon chicken and sea bass main dishes were perfect. Fried oyster appetizer was great! Good wine list, interesting mixed drinks. A little crowded and noisy but fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern Bistro - not to be missed
    CTSouthernGirl007
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner for three the other night at Mama's Boy Southern Table & Refuge. We enjoyed the BLT salad with fried Green tomatoe as well as the chopped salad. The pork chip was excellent, the shrimp and grits are not to be missed and the sea bass was lovely. Save room for dessert! We had a coconut cake and a carrot cake. Both were delicious. Our waiter was attentive and caring. The atmosphere was lively, not too loud and the overall restaurant had great energy. Sunday brunch at this establishment is also amazing with fabulous bloody Marys, special cocktails, live music and delicious brunch treats! A wonderful addition to the Southern CT dining scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING BRUNCH!
    SusyVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    2nd time here. Sunday brunch was OUTSTANDING. Coffee was rich and strong, eggs benedict was perfect - hollandaise perfectly herbed and slightly lemony, thinly sliced proscuitto as the ham, grit cakes instead of english muff. Perfect bitter greens salad to complement, in lieu of potatoes. YUM! Hubby had the chicken-fried pork belly (thick bacon) atop of shrimp grits and sunnyside up egg. SO good. Said it was one of the top 5 breakfast/brunches he's had in his life. Portions are substantial. Order the pastry basket for the table to share- the pecan pastry was heaven. Our server was lovely and on top of her game - we had a great early seating at 11:15ish. From 1-4, unlimited mimosas and live music, for more leisurely PM folks. GO!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    SusyVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    You must try the filet entree!! It is heavenly. Also the Farmers Board, a great starter for the table to share. Easily could have just had that as a meal... full of charcuterie goodness, lots of local cheeses, amazing house made foie gras sausage and smoked duck. Will definitely go back to try brunch, many interesting menu items. Not for those watching their waistline, but definitely a great find of southern inspired noms.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date night
    Pollyannic
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Went there on a date to hear "Otis & The Hurricanes" New Orleans music and was very pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the food and service.The music was awesome. The Gluten-free indications on the menu were crucial. I normally don't write reviews. I would have given a five star on this one except that, although we reserved at 8 pm on Sat. night, we had to wait at the bar until about 8:30 before we were seated. The staff and management ketp appologizing profusely and bought us a round of drinks as compensation. Nice. We had the Biouillabese for two. It was a substantial and very tasty dish full of shrimps, scallops and mussels. We couldn't finish it all. The garlic/wine broth was incredible. The music and dance were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mama's Boy
    Foodie
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Food, Service and band were excellent. Prices were a bit high but in line with other restarants in Sono. The They also had a band that which was very good. There were two issues that made me give only 3 starts instead of 4. They ran out of all deserts except for ice cream. Also had to wait a full hour for our table and we had a reservation. People next to us at the bar also waited a very long time, they complained and got free drinks. We were nice about it so just got apologies. I think they should have given us drinks while standing and waiting an hour for a table as well or comped something at our meal, some bread or an app or something. All said I would definatley go back again, food and ambience were great as was the music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • When we arrived we were greeted
    klgr
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    When we arrived we were greeted with "You're table is ready, but we are fully booked, so you need to be finished by..... Not the greeting we expected, guess the reservation following ours was more important. There were several tables around us vacant, we asked for a different table (which was not next to children) and were told they were booked - 2nd strike. Food was good, but felt rushed. Table next to us were told the same. Don't think we will return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mostly good
    MT280
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Enjoyed fried oysters on salad and pulled pork sandwich. Side dish of mac n cheese good-ish -- the cheese was creamy but bland. Excellent chocolate pecan pie; carrot cake a disappointment -- cake dry and flavorless, cream cheese icing gluey. Service was excellent. Attracts many kids during lunch given proximity to Aquarium. We requested the back room and were happily accommodated.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Southern food!
    Sk38VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    I went here with five others a couple of weeks ago then again with two friends two nights ago (because I couldn't wait any longer to go back). It was so great that I decided to write a review on Open Table for the first time. First, you must have a cocktail. I tried both the scarlet O and the whiskey sour and both were phenomenal. To start, The BLT Salad is a must as are the deviled eggs. The shrimp and grits and the bouillabaisse are excellent! Finally, I am usually disappointed by restaurant cakes in particular but Mama's Boy served the best carrot cake I've ever had. Plus they had an amazing chocolate cake that was super moist and had great add ins like toasted almonds. And banana pie creme brûlée! Go! You'll love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great looking place with a
    gh268
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Great looking place with a really good vibe. Great food all around. I just wish the chicken & waffles portion was larger. Sooo good I was hungry for more. Only negative is the noise level - a lot of tables close together and open ceilings makes it unnecessarily loud.. Overall, really enjoyed the food and would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to have a conversation...noise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Hard to have a conversation...noise level during sunday brunch was hyper loud
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for Gluten-Free
    EKCroffie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to dinner at Mama's Boy for Valentine's Day and it was amazing! I am allergic to both wheat/gluten and dairy and the restaurant not only called me to confirm our reservation but the hostess also asked me about my allergies and suggested a few meals for me. I had the Pan Roasted Sea Bass and it was delicious! perfectly cooked fish, perfect potatoes and vegetables - overall an amazing meal! I would definitely order this again. My boyfriend and I also shared the hand cut fries which were amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    tendervittles
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went for vday with two other couples. All were very happy with the food. Fried oysters delish, shrimp n grits delish, carrot cake iwas huge and was shared by 4 peeps. Will def be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little noisy but not bad
    theatrefoodie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    A little noisy but not bad for a holiday weekend. Great food. Great service. Desserts were outstanding, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss Mama's Boy!
    Mo555
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Everything was excellent - delicious eggs bene and sides ...... Can you say duck confit potatoes???And perfect cheddar grits .... OMG!!! Yummy , sinful bloody mary's, off the charts burger, superb service, terrific music . Vibrant crowd - lively but not noisy - Cozy atmosphere, great light - awesome way to spend a sunday afternoon - can not say enough positive things about this restaurant .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gem with gastronomic delights
    nanruz
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    The men settled on a beer from their decent size collection. The ladies each tried cocktails. I had the Dirty South — made with homemade sweet tea, fire fly vodka, lemon - and I had another later in the meal - fantastic. My friend ordered the Pear Necessity on the suggestion of the waiter, and when she didn't like it they took it back without a second glance. The food was fantastic, from the appetizers (don't miss the fried green tomatoes) and the entrees, to the cornbread and jalapeño jelly placed on all tables. The desserts looked fantastic - they have their own pastry chef - but we were all stuffed. The service was great, the owner came over and chatted. We will go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A slow smoke
    Amybow
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    The night we went, they had a problem with the fans in the kitchen - the entire restaurant was full of smoke. It took over an hour to get our appetizers. There was no explanation or apology.
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    • Noise LevelModerate