"Don't call me a chef," said Sabrina Kenney, owner of Ma-Ma's Southern Cuisine. "I'm a cook." She continued, "See, chef's have to learn how to cook and for cooks—it's just in our blood. It's what we do."
"Don't call me a chef," said Sabrina Kenney, owner of Ma-Ma's Southern Cuisine. "I'm a cook." She continued, "See, chef's have to learn
how to cook and for cooks—it's just in our blood. It's what we do." This sentiment set the tone for my visit to Ma-Ma's the other day, where I was greeted by cool modern décor and even cooler old-school charm, courtesy of
Cook Sabrina warm-hearted attitude. And that's just it. Ma-Ma's has heart. Named after one of Sabrina's sisters who recently passed away (Ma-Ma was her sister's nickname), Sabrina's put everything into making sure everyone who steps into Ma-Ma's is treated like family. "I love seeing customers enjoy my food and I love making sure everyone's happy," she said, relaying a story about how she once created a dish for a customer who asked for a healthy option. Which is one of the things that makes Ma-Ma's so unique. While you'll want to treat yourself to the creaminess of her five-cheese macaroni and a plate of fried-till-crispy-brown chicken every so often (no mortal being can resist
), you can also come here and stay lean by opting for he baked chicken or sautéed fish, which she cooks in olive oil and serves up with fresh veggies. Oh yeah, and did I mention the full bar?If you're looking for an economical buzz, order the Ma-Ma. "Trust me, you can only have one," said Sabrina, smiling.
Fried or Baked Chicken Entree, $7.50 to $12
Fried or Sautéed Fish, $7.50 to $12
Burger, fries and a soda, $6.50
Five-cheese Macaroni, $5
Hand-Cut Redskin Potato Fries, $4 Hours:
Tuesday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday - Saturday, 3 p.m. to midnight