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Mother's Restaurant

401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207 (Central Business District)
504-523-9656
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Ranked #365 of 1,607 Restaurants in New Orleans
Price range: $5 - $25
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Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Soups, Sandwiches
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Description: Authentic N'Awlins home-style cooking since 1938. The Amato family welcomes you for a taste of tradition.Home of award-winning Jambalaya, the famous Ferdi Special, and the original debris-laden roast beef.Private room for parties, rehearsal dinners and special events.
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Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

You order at the counter, then take a seat, the food is great, the Pecan Pie oh my…. Ham Po Boy Great too…

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Houston, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This place looks like a hole in the wall. It is a short walk from Canal close to Harrahs. You go in and you order at the register and then find a seat. I tried the gumbo and the ettoufee. The gumbo was fine and the ettoufee was really good. My friend got the roast beef and baked ham sandwich.... More

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Georgia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

From the outside, Mother's looks like it might be a soup kitchen....Nothing but a small sign in an old building. Inside, the décor is also not much. When you step inside,you look over the menu (we had printed one from the web site so we had plenty of opportunity to think about our order), and get in line cafeteria style.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Went for breakfast or early lunch. Used to be great but not so much now. Don't wait in line for this place.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The place is an old line order be seated then they bring your food kind of place. Don't expect a great deal of formality or an elegant atmosphere. Do expect lots of great food. We had the shrimp and oyster po-boy and the Ferdi Special. The po-boy was easily enough for the most hungry person and was VERY tasty. The... More

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Covina, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is an example of how a place, which may have been good at one time, can take a very steep dive into a dumpster once it gets discovered by the Food or Travel Channels. So, now there’s always a long line in front of it which leads people to think that this is a great place to eat. Well,... More

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Orlando, FL
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Mother's was recommended by as friend of mine whose previously recommendations about NOLA were all spot on. This one, I don't get. Standing in live for service, while food is getting served at tables around you is annoying. The visible food prep areas did not inspire confidence in their cleanliness. The prices were high for what you got. My shrimp... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We were actually recommend to Mothers by a waiter at another restaurant. He said it was a favorite of his and now we know why. He told us there is always a line, and there was but it moved fast. I went next door (Mother's Next Door) and got a couple of bloody marys for us while we waited. You... More

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Lake Jackson, Texas
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73 reviews 73 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Best place to get some good authentic cajun food. Everything tastes fresh and homemade, and it is always delicious. It is a little expensive, but keep in mind that you don't have to pay a tip so it evens out! I got the fried shrimp po-boy this time and it was delicous. I wish it came with fries or a... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Ham was perfect- big portions & great biscuits. Cheese grits were grits with slice of cheese on top. Be prepared to wait but line moves quickly. Must try this institution!

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