Big Mama's Cooking Inc

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I do not go here for the ambience. I go here for the smothered chicken, pineapple cake, and peach cobbler. It's a local family joint - the kind place you might find in the south The owner is nice and the prices are great the portions are prefect and my mouth waters when i think about this place

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★★★★☆

I do not go here for the ambience. I go here for the smothered chicken, pineapple cake, and peach cobbler. It's a local family joint - the kind place you might find in the south The owner is nice and the prices are great the portions are prefect and my mouth waters when i think about this place

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I need to do a bit of background. I go to Vegas a couple of times a year mostly on business and stay in the large Strip hotels but need to get off of the Strip to just relax. I was looking for good comfort food on one occasion and saw a review for Big Mamas. Comfort food to me means fried and likely either East European or Deep South. Off I went.

Okay in the interest of honesty you need to be comfortable with not upscale restaurant and locale. Food was critical and I did not worry about the neighborhood. Felt like I had died and been transported back to the South after I ate there the first time. Great food and real people.

My wife hates Vegas and never goes with me on business trips but I told her when we were going through Vegas on a trip a few months after my first adventure to this restaurant she was in for a treat. Okay I am an adventurous diner. My wife is not. I look for good food and good people. If it is upscale, okay but not real critical to me. She questioned where I was taking her and especially when she saw it was not upscale. She has been on some of my culinary adventures in the past.

Brief synopsis of her review. "Honey, when we are driving back through Vegas on the way back to CA after this trip to Salt Lake, we have to stop at Big Mama's again." We did and she wants to go back. I have now over heard her on several occasions since that trip tell her friends how they need to go there.

Hush puppies, fried cat fish, fried chicken, greens corn bread and sweet potato pie are the things I remember most. I will return. Good food and good people.

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★★★★☆

I need to do a bit of background. I go to Vegas a couple of times a year mostly on business and stay in the large Strip hotels but need to get off of the Strip to just relax. I was looking for good comfort food on one occasion and saw a review for Big Mamas. Comfort food to me means fried and likely either East European or Deep South. Off I went.

Okay in the interest of honesty you need to be comfortable with not upscale restaurant and locale. Food was critical and I did not worry about the neighborhood. Felt like I had died and been transported back to the South after I ate there the first time. Great food and real people.

My wife hates Vegas and never goes with me on business trips but I told her when we were going through Vegas on a trip a few months after my first adventure to this restaurant she was in for a treat. Okay I am an adventurous diner. My wife is not. I look for good food and good people. If it is upscale, okay but not real critical to me. She questioned where I was taking her and especially when she saw it was not upscale. She has been on some of my culinary adventures in the past.

Brief synopsis of her review. "Honey, when we are driving back through Vegas on the way back to CA after this trip to Salt Lake, we have to stop at Big Mama's again." We did and she wants to go back. I have now over heard her on several occasions since that trip tell her friends how they need to go there.

Hush puppies, fried cat fish, fried chicken, greens corn bread and sweet potato pie are the things I remember most. I will return. Good food and good people.

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I do not go here for the ambience. I go here for the smothered chicken, pineapple cake, and peach cobbler. It's a local family joint - the kind place you might find in a church basement. I would have to recommend it because I love the food here. It's a friendly place with good food that never disappoints me.

2
★★★★☆

I do not go here for the ambience. I go here for the smothered chicken, pineapple cake, and peach cobbler. It's a local family joint - the kind place you might find in a church basement. I would have to recommend it because I love the food here. It's a friendly place with good food that never disappoints me.

Pros: Great smothered chicken.

Cons: Not great ambience.

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You have got to try Big Mama's Rib Shack if you like down home southern style cooking. The meat just falls off the bones and it truly is finger licking good. Prices are fair and reasonable.

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★★★★☆

You have got to try Big Mama's Rib Shack if you like down home southern style cooking. The meat just falls off the bones and it truly is finger licking good. Prices are fair and reasonable.

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I'm from Los Angeles, and I have to say I am a devoted fan of the Pasadena, CA location. My husband and I have been talking up this restaurant to all of our family and friends. As we were in Vegas this past weekend with family, we decided to drag some of them to Big Mama's for the best Southern/Soul/BBQ, as we knew the recipes were the same. Sadly, the food, atmosphere, and service were at the complete opposite end of the spectrum from the Pasadena location. The Pasadena location is a nice restaurant with pleasant staff and good table service. The Vegas location is more of a fast food joint where the customers are more likely to take out their order than to dine in. In fact, after we parked, we weren't sure if they were even open as 1/2 the lights in the dining area were turned off. Our server (the only one around) was extremely friendly, and determined to get our orders correct. However, the yelling match she conducted with the person on the kitchen side of the counter to ensure our orders were right was unnecessary and absurdly entertaining ... in an oh-my-God-I've-got-a-story-for-you drinking story way. Additionally, The food quality was all over the place...from cold corn bread and chicken & dumplings with no dumplings to perfectly fried okra and excellent fried chicken. The fried pork chops were nicely cooked, but the gravy on the smothered pork chops was lukewarm and slightly off. My brother commented that his oxtail entree was a little "vinegary"...as I've had the oxtails in Pasadena (which were not at all vinegary), his comment both surprised and worried me. I can honestly say that I won't be returning to this Las Vegas location.

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★★☆☆☆

I'm from Los Angeles, and I have to say I am a devoted fan of the Pasadena, CA location. My husband and I have been talking up this restaurant to all of our family and friends. As we were in Vegas this past weekend with family, we decided to drag some of them to Big Mama's for the best Southern/Soul/BBQ, as we knew the recipes were the same. Sadly, the food, atmosphere, and service were at the complete opposite end of the spectrum from the Pasadena location. The Pasadena location is a nice restaurant with pleasant staff and good table service. The Vegas location is more of a fast food joint where the customers are more likely to take out their order than to dine in. In fact, after we parked, we weren't sure if they were even open as 1/2 the lights in the dining area were turned off. Our server (the only one around) was extremely friendly, and determined to get our orders correct. However, the yelling match she conducted with the person on the kitchen side of the counter to ensure our orders were right was unnecessary and absurdly entertaining ... in an oh-my-God-I've-got-a-story-for-you drinking story way. Additionally, The food quality was all over the place...from cold corn bread and chicken & dumplings with no dumplings to perfectly fried okra and excellent fried chicken. The fried pork chops were nicely cooked, but the gravy on the smothered pork chops was lukewarm and slightly off. My brother commented that his oxtail entree was a little "vinegary"...as I've had the oxtails in Pasadena (which were not at all vinegary), his comment both surprised and worried me. I can honestly say that I won't be returning to this Las Vegas location.

Pros: plenty of parking

Cons: food, service, atmosphere

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I'm from the NW and good Southern food is far and few between here. On visits to Las Vegas we heard rumors of a great place called "Big Mama's Rib Shack" -- IT WAS WORTH IT! Kind of in a strange part of town, north Vegas, a little less glam than the strip but who cares, you're here to eat not play the slots. The price of all the dishes are cheap cheap cheap, I love their red beans and rice, their pulled pork is AMAZING as with the ribs and corn bread and desserts! I could go on and on, but I really do agree that their "sauce is boss." The staff are wonderful and will steer you in the direction of something delicious if you're too overwhelmed, but if I may recommend the pulled pork - yum!!

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★★★★★

I'm from the NW and good Southern food is far and few between here. On visits to Las Vegas we heard rumors of a great place called "Big Mama's Rib Shack" -- IT WAS WORTH IT! Kind of in a strange part of town, north Vegas, a little less glam than the strip but who cares, you're here to eat not play the slots. The price of all the dishes are cheap cheap cheap, I love their red beans and rice, their pulled pork is AMAZING as with the ribs and corn bread and desserts! I could go on and on, but I really do agree that their "sauce is boss." The staff are wonderful and will steer you in the direction of something delicious if you're too overwhelmed, but if I may recommend the pulled pork - yum!!

Pros: Food, people, price

Cons: Tucked away

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On the basis of its proximity to my workplace, my Southern roots and the "best of Vegas" sticker in the window, I gave this funky looking place two shots. I was disappointed both times.

First go-round, I got red beans and rice and barbeque. Way overpriced and tasteless. Still, I thought maybe I just got them on a bad day.

Second trip, I went in, asked specifically what some of their most popular items were, and was told "catfish" so that's what I ordered. After 20 minutes, I finally had to ask the guy who took my order if the one plate that had been sitting on the pass-through window forevery if that was my order. It was, except that I ordered catfish and got--overcooked chicken. The sides of collard greens and macaroni and cheese were bland. Pecan pie was good, but you can get that anywhere.
When I told the guy behind the counter that they'd gotten my order wrong, he asked if I wanted a refund of the difference between catfish and chicken. Uh, yeah.

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★☆☆☆☆

On the basis of its proximity to my workplace, my Southern roots and the "best of Vegas" sticker in the window, I gave this funky looking place two shots. I was disappointed both times.

First go-round, I got red beans and rice and barbeque. Way overpriced and tasteless. Still, I thought maybe I just got them on a bad day.

Second trip, I went in, asked specifically what some of their most popular items were, and was told "catfish" so that's what I ordered. After 20 minutes, I finally had to ask the guy who took my order if the one plate that had been sitting on the pass-through window forevery if that was my order. It was, except that I ordered catfish and got--overcooked chicken. The sides of collard greens and macaroni and cheese were bland. Pecan pie was good, but you can get that anywhere.
When I told the guy behind the counter that they'd gotten my order wrong, he asked if I wanted a refund of the difference between catfish and chicken. Uh, yeah.

Pros: Ambitious Soul food menu

Cons: Atrocious execution

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Order it at the counter and then set down to eat it. Ribs, greens, cornbread Big Mamma's got it all. Don't get no better than Big Mama's. Off the beaten path, but well worth the journey. "And better you better clean your plate, case Big Mamas's watching!!"

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★★★★☆

Order it at the counter and then set down to eat it. Ribs, greens, cornbread Big Mamma's got it all. Don't get no better than Big Mama's. Off the beaten path, but well worth the journey. "And better you better clean your plate, case Big Mamas's watching!!"

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I have eaten at Big Mamas and gotten sick, and so have two other people that I know. It's fine for tourists who know nothing of Vegas but the Strip or Downtown areas. I had the pleasure of living in Vegas for 6 months and found better Soul Food Restaurants on various sides of town. The Best in Town is Kathy's Southern Cooking in Henderson (about 4 miles from the airport), Also Glady's Southern Cooking on MLK, and Soul 2 Soul out on the Northwest side of town.

PROS: Diverse Menu
CONS: Food, Location, Food, Employees, Food

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★☆☆☆☆

I have eaten at Big Mamas and gotten sick, and so have two other people that I know. It's fine for tourists who know nothing of Vegas but the Strip or Downtown areas. I had the pleasure of living in Vegas for 6 months and found better Soul Food Restaurants on various sides of town. The Best in Town is Kathy's Southern Cooking in Henderson (about 4 miles from the airport), Also Glady's Southern Cooking on MLK, and Soul 2 Soul out on the Northwest side of town.

PROS: Diverse Menu
CONS: Food, Location, Food, Employees, Food

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... this may not be the place for you. But if your looking for great food, then you must try Big Mamma's. The ribs and fried chicken are out of this world. If you can't remember what homemade mac & cheese tastes like then try Big Mamma's. This is a great place to come and eat probably the best BBQ in Las Vegas.

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★★★★☆

... this may not be the place for you. But if your looking for great food, then you must try Big Mamma's. The ribs and fried chicken are out of this world. If you can't remember what homemade mac & cheese tastes like then try Big Mamma's. This is a great place to come and eat probably the best BBQ in Las Vegas.

Pros: Inexpensive, Great Variety of food

Cons: Ambience

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Big Mama's Rib Shack. just the name of it probably got your attention. I love eating at this restaurant for it's foods and great service. The restaurant offers southern cooking such as southern fried chicken, BBQ ribs, gumbo, shrimp creole, etc.

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★★★★☆

Big Mama's Rib Shack. just the name of it probably got your attention. I love eating at this restaurant for it's foods and great service. The restaurant offers southern cooking such as southern fried chicken, BBQ ribs, gumbo, shrimp creole, etc.

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Big Mama's is the greatest Soul Food restaurant in Las Vegas. The best menu item is their Bar-B-Que in my opinion. The prices are very resonable and the staff is very friendly.

PROS:
CONS: On the North side of town, far from the strip, go early for Chitterlings

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★★★☆☆

Big Mama's is the greatest Soul Food restaurant in Las Vegas. The best menu item is their Bar-B-Que in my opinion. The prices are very resonable and the staff is very friendly.

PROS:
CONS: On the North side of town, far from the strip, go early for Chitterlings

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Good local joint is a huge compliment in Vegas because they are few and far between. I ordered their food as take-out for a meeting one night. I was disappointed in the side dish portion sizes - very small and I didn't see any options for larger. The quality of the food was excellent though - good sauce on the ribs, good jambalya. Very expensive for what you get though. Service was excellent and very friendly. As for atmosphere - just keep in mind it is an old McDonald's resturant!

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★★★★☆

Good local joint is a huge compliment in Vegas because they are few and far between. I ordered their food as take-out for a meeting one night. I was disappointed in the side dish portion sizes - very small and I didn't see any options for larger. The quality of the food was excellent though - good sauce on the ribs, good jambalya. Very expensive for what you get though. Service was excellent and very friendly. As for atmosphere - just keep in mind it is an old McDonald's resturant!

Pros: Good food, Great service

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Worst ribs I've ever had! They were dry, tough and swimming in yucky BBQ sauce. Place had a "used " feel to it and the cook had to scrounge to find a knife for 3 people. I don't know what people are talking about when they say this place was voted best in Las Vegas because it certainly wasn't.

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★☆☆☆☆

Worst ribs I've ever had! They were dry, tough and swimming in yucky BBQ sauce. Place had a "used " feel to it and the cook had to scrounge to find a knife for 3 people. I don't know what people are talking about when they say this place was voted best in Las Vegas because it certainly wasn't.

Pros: inexpensive

Cons: , yucky BBQ sauce, no silverware

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Prior to leaving for Vegas, my husband went on the internet to look up places to go for dinner. He came to Big Mama's Rib Shack and decided we would try it when we arrived in Vegas. Well, we arrived on Monday, however, we went to Big Mama's on Wednesday. What a Mistake!!!!!! We should have gone on Monday & Tuesday also. Talk about Eatin Good in the Neighborhood, this is the place to go. I got Catfish, oh my goodness!!!! absolutely scrumptious, perfectly fried, and perfectly seasoned. It was supposed to be a sandwich but enough fish for a dinner. I had french fries and coleslaw with it. The coleslaw is wonderful. My husband got Ribs and shared some with me, they were the best Ribs I have had
in a long, long time. Can't wait to get back to Vegas just to eat at Big Mama's.

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★★★★★

Prior to leaving for Vegas, my husband went on the internet to look up places to go for dinner. He came to Big Mama's Rib Shack and decided we would try it when we arrived in Vegas. Well, we arrived on Monday, however, we went to Big Mama's on Wednesday. What a Mistake!!!!!! We should have gone on Monday & Tuesday also. Talk about Eatin Good in the Neighborhood, this is the place to go. I got Catfish, oh my goodness!!!! absolutely scrumptious, perfectly fried, and perfectly seasoned. It was supposed to be a sandwich but enough fish for a dinner. I had french fries and coleslaw with it. The coleslaw is wonderful. My husband got Ribs and shared some with me, they were the best Ribs I have had
in a long, long time. Can't wait to get back to Vegas just to eat at Big Mama's.

Pros: inexpensive, good parking, excellent service

Cons: room too cold

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We visited Big Mama's on Dec 24, 2003, and the food was so good, we would have gladly changed our plans for Christmas day. We had the Pork Ribs and Catfish, and the quality of the sides matched the quality of the meat. I haven't been to the other places in las vegas but I have been to Philips, Woody's, Tony Romas, and all the places in LA, and they dont come close to Big Mama's. Dont even bother with the cheap buffets and expensive steak house, go to Big Mama's and really eat good in the neighborhood.

2
★★★★★

We visited Big Mama's on Dec 24, 2003, and the food was so good, we would have gladly changed our plans for Christmas day. We had the Pork Ribs and Catfish, and the quality of the sides matched the quality of the meat. I haven't been to the other places in las vegas but I have been to Philips, Woody's, Tony Romas, and all the places in LA, and they dont come close to Big Mama's. Dont even bother with the cheap buffets and expensive steak house, go to Big Mama's and really eat good in the neighborhood.

Pros: Friendly service, Inexpensive, good parking

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There's nothing but award-winning soul food and the real-deal barbecue here. Big Mama brags her "sauce is the boss" and the ribs, chicken, beef and pork are smothered in the secret recipe. Test the spicy jambalaya; grab…

 

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