Mother’s Restaurant


This was our first stop after getting off the plane in New Orleans. Mother’s is a well known establishment featuring down home Southern/Cajun fare. A couple people who are from the area had recommended we come at some point on our trip. When you arrive there will most likely be a line outside. The operating procedure is to get in line and wait until the bouncer at the door gives you the okay to enter the building then order and pay for your eats at the counter BEFORE sitting down at a table. The setting and service is not the best… just remember you are there for the food. We ordered the fried chicken, famous Ferdi Po’Boy and the bread pudding. We started off with the Ferdi which is baked ham, roast beef and debris (the yummy drippings left in the pan after the meat is roasted) on a soft roll. It was tasty and my first experience having debris. Where have you been all my life? I am a fan! The fried chicken came 25 minutes later because it is made to order — it’s not sitting under a heat lamp (they tell you this before you order). The chicken was wonderful – cooked perfectly with a thin crispy, salty skin. We finished with the bread pudding which was good but not the best I’ve had. It was the perfect meal after a long day of traveling. I see why this is a NOLA institution.


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3 Responses

  1. Don’t forget to follow the rules, or else Mothers will put you in your place!!!

  2. Went to Mother’s in 2003/04? My husband reluctantly got in line, giving me “you are going to hear about taking me to this dump” look. The line was down the sidewalk and we waited 15 to 20 minutes to get in. The inside looked even worse than the outside and a surly person standing behind the dirty glass and greasy wood school cafeteria-like barrier asked my husband want he wanted. Thank heaven he didn’t say the “Board of Health.” instead, playing it as safe as he could said “give me a ham sandwich.” She replied, “you want debris (day’bree) with that?” He looked bewildered and was about to say “NO” when she gave him a look and said “You Want Debris” and gave it to him. One bite at our rickety formica table and he was in heaven. I loved the oyster Po’boy and we ate lunch their every day we were in NO. As it was near the area that got wiped out during Katrina, I worried that Mother’s was no more. Glad to see it is still going strong. Although it looks a bit classier than when I was there.

  3. Nana – Mother’s is still alive and kickin’ after Katrina but classier I doubt…it was just as you described.

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