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Mother's Restaurant

Central Business District
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401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ate here twice during our stay in NO as our hotel was less than a block away. You go in, order your food, then they bring it to your table. The ham was really delicious. The ambiance is lacking a lot, but the rating is solely on the food which was tasty both times (dinner and breakfast) that we... More 

Thank maritalbliss
Lanham, Maryland
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We checked this restaurant out back in March 2016. We heard so much about it that we had to check it out. We each ordered the chicken dinner. I can only review that. The chicken was very lacking. We were in need of some seasoning. Ketchup and hot sauce could not really help. The greens were good. Red beans and... More 

Thank travelingqueen329
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Love the atmosphere and the waitresses have the best personalities. Be prepared to wait outside to get in,but it is worth it . My favorite is the omelet with shrimp creole on top. Ham and homemade biscuits are also delicious. I always eat here before getting on the road back home - it's our tradition and everyone we've recommended to... More 

Thank clwm81
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Mother's is the absolute best place to get a mess of a debris po-boy and a bowl of gumbo. Everything you need to recover from a long wild NOLA night or prepare for the one ahead.

Thank MacMagruder
Sykesville, MD
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A friend made me promise to visit Mother's, and I'm so glad I listened to his advice. He said I -had- to have the Ferdi Special with debris, and even though there were other yummy looking options on the menu, I went with the Ferdi special. I am so glad I did. The Ferdi special is a ham and roast... More 

Thank dramacate
Houston, Texas
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58 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I ate breakfast here three of the four days for my visit. It was a great price and great food. Get there before 9 and you get the breakfast special for $6.50 Mon-Fri.

Thank Madelyn J
New Orleans, Louisiana
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Foods okay atmosphere I an skip. I thought the food was over priced and over rated; I see the long lines and just shake my head..I don't get it I would never stand in lines for this restaurant or any other.

Thank Claire M
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wasn't sure about the shrimp po'boy, but was pleasantly surprised how yummy it was. A bit pricey but good hot food. Friendly staff, quick service and we'll worth a visit.

Thank Curtisstine H
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A co-worker in St. Paul, MN recommended Mother's, especially for breakfast. We had 2 meals there plus got coffee to go. The portions were very generous, the flavor was better than expected, and the staff made us feel right at home. The line moved quickly, which was good because it could be very long at times! The options of eating... More 

Thank MorMorBev
Steele, Alabama
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71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We love trying new places. We heard a lot of good things about Mother's and were curious about the debris. I had a biscuit with egg and debris and a drink which was about $10. The biscuit was larger than average. Very good. Debris was something to come back for again and again.

Thank Lynn G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $25
American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 15045239656
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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Staying in Central Business District

Neighborhood Profile
Central Business District
Compared to the more evocative monikers of some other parts of New Orleans, the downtown’s humdrum title might suggest that this area is all about business and little else. But don’t let the bland name keep you away from the Central Business District. The CBD offers a wide range of fun things to do that would be touted as exceptional in less jubilant corners of the world. Bordered by the French Quarter, the Arts District and Tremé, with the river at its eastern extreme, this hub for sports, gaming, shopping, theatre, family-friendly activities, and amazing regional cuisine makes a smart base wherever your interests lie.