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Mama J's Kitchen

415 North 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 225-7449
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Ranked #2 of 1,361 Restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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English first
Manassas, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This cute little restaurant has great charm. It has old world Richmond appeal while being clean modern and has a full bar! Everyone was very friendly and nice. Sat at the bar for lunch and ordered the specialty of catfish with seafood salad a corn muffin and homemade tartar sauce. The catfish was fried perfectly with nice breading breading and... More

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195 reviews 195 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

I had the deep fried shrimp starter and then the fried chicken with mac n cheese entree (deep fried overload!) the food was amazing and the portion size was large. I had peach cobbler to go, and my criticism of this would be the inclusion of cinnamon- i really dont like this spice and i found it a bit over... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Great food, excellent prices, very friendly staff. They are always busy so you may have to wait to be seated but overall experience and food are well worth the wait.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Loved this place. Great food and staff. It was a bit hard to find but worth the wait. We will be eating here more often.

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Key West, Florida
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86 reviews 86 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
936 helpful votes 936 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Everything is great about this restaurant from the friendly staff to the good ol' home cooking. Prices are very reasonable and this place is popular. Get there early or be prepared to wait for a table. It''so worth it. Owned and operated by African American family and they make EVERYONE feel welcome. Absolutely loved the stafff and food.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

While on business in Richmond, I asked the bellman at my hotel where he eats in town. He suggested Mama J's and I wasn't disappointed. Amazing catfish, greens, macaroni and cheese casserole, topped off with a huge wedge of the still-warm rum cake. I've been back twice and it's my must-have in Richmond.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

The fried catfish is to die for. The fried chicken is addicting! All the sides were delicious. Never heard so many "mmmmm"s or "u have to try this!" before. And the staff made us feel at home. Prices are a steal. This is just what we needed. I recommend this place to anyone and everyone.

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McDonald, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This soul food restaurant is amazing! Service is knowledgable and friendly. My husband is still talking about the fried chicken. And save room for dessert.

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Richmond, VA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Went to Mama J's on Sunday night with the family. We arrived just after 5pm and it was a 30 min wait. The place is on the smaller side, but it makes it quaint. The staff was excellent. I ordered the fried catfish with a side of mac and cheese and seafood salad. My wife had the fried chicken with... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Best fried chicken voted by all in large party. Collard greens tasty.Southern hospitality at it's best. Rasheka Williams gave great suggestions and excellent service!!

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