Big Mama's Rib Shack

★★★★★
  • 1453 N Lake Ave

    Pasadena, CA 91104

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  • 626-797-1792

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I've been wanting to try "Big Mama's" for awhile, and finally got my chance last night. I had the blackened catfish with a side of greens & hush puppies. I received a large catfish fillet, seasoned just right. I am a greens fanatic, & that being said, the collard greens were tasty and perfectly cooked. The hush puppies were a nice addition and were flavorful without being greasy. "Big Mama's" does a great job of providing quality, authentic, homestyle food, in a cozy yet elegant atmosphere. Our server, Darron, was charming, polite & helpful. We were excited to hear "Big Mama's" has started offering live music Tuesday evenings,with hopes of adding more entertainment on Fridays. I can't wait to go back and try something else!!!

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I've been wanting to try "Big Mama's" for awhile, and finally got my chance last night. I had the blackened catfish with a side of greens & hush puppies. I received a large catfish fillet, seasoned just right. I am a greens fanatic, & that being said, the collard greens were tasty and perfectly cooked. The hush puppies were a nice addition and were flavorful without being greasy. "Big Mama's" does a great job of providing quality, authentic, homestyle food, in a cozy yet elegant atmosphere. Our server, Darron, was charming, polite & helpful. We were excited to hear "Big Mama's" has started offering live music Tuesday evenings,with hopes of adding more entertainment on Fridays. I can't wait to go back and try something else!!!

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Wonderful Ribs. Meat was tender. Good cornbread. Yummy coleslaw. Big portions, reasonable prices. Interior is nothing fancy to look at; but really who cares.

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Wonderful Ribs. Meat was tender. Good cornbread. Yummy coleslaw. Big portions, reasonable prices. Interior is nothing fancy to look at; but really who cares.

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A decent place to get barbecue, but nothing to write home about. The cornbread was dry -- a cardinal sin in my book. However, the meat was tender, and the sauce tangy. The macaroni and cheese? It was runny and strange-looking. Prices are reasonable. Overall, it was OK. Just keep in mind that there are better barbecue places out there.

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A decent place to get barbecue, but nothing to write home about. The cornbread was dry -- a cardinal sin in my book. However, the meat was tender, and the sauce tangy. The macaroni and cheese? It was runny and strange-looking. Prices are reasonable. Overall, it was OK. Just keep in mind that there are better barbecue places out there.

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Big Mama's rib shack...I must say...going into this, the name had me SOLD! visions of cornbread, fried okra, greens and slow cooked pork clouded my mind on the drive into Pasadena. The location is unassuming from the outside and, quite

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Big Mama's rib shack...I must say...going into this, the name had me SOLD! visions of cornbread, fried okra, greens and slow cooked pork clouded my mind on the drive into Pasadena. The location is unassuming from the outside and, quite

Pros: tennnnnder ribs of love, decent soul food

Cons: More salt than that lake in Utah

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mmmmm great soul food!!! I got the cajun combo which came with TONS of food!!! Although I don't think they are as known for cajun it was still pretty good, great hush puppies and fried ocra. Although I think next time I will come for some

3
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mmmmm great soul food!!! I got the cajun combo which came with TONS of food!!! Although I don't think they are as known for cajun it was still pretty good, great hush puppies and fried ocra. Although I think next time I will come for some

Pros: Grea Authentic Sould Food

Cons: wierd decor

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Almost as good as Corky's but not quite. The ribs are very tasty and will definitely make you like your fingers. The coleslaw is excellent. I recommend this rib joint. Plus it's in Pasadena and there are lots of things to see.

4
★★★★☆

Almost as good as Corky's but not quite. The ribs are very tasty and will definitely make you like your fingers. The coleslaw is excellent. I recommend this rib joint. Plus it's in Pasadena and there are lots of things to see.

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yum...Greens...Ribs..these place will make you cry. So good and friendly atmosphere. Peach cobbler is the best. you will love just about everything on this menu

5
★★★★★

yum...Greens...Ribs..these place will make you cry. So good and friendly atmosphere. Peach cobbler is the best. you will love just about everything on this menu

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Big Mama give you a good portion of food. You should be well satisfied with the portions. The food is tasty, t he price was reasonable, but the customer service was fair. A good place to take your family.

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Big Mama give you a good portion of food. You should be well satisfied with the portions. The food is tasty, t he price was reasonable, but the customer service was fair. A good place to take your family.

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Real Southern food is pretty rare around here, and I (Georgia) was pleasantly surprised. The food here is very authentic. This is a mixed blessing, because in addition to the soulful taste, the portions are big (I had the fried catfish, which was good, but I don't need 4 or 5 of them!) and taste is heavy. My friend had a Cajun something and gave it thumbs-up. Unfortunately, the place was nearly empty, and the only people working were Latinos, which was strange in a "family-owned and operated" "down home" restaurant. Anyway, it's good for anyone who needs a fix of real Southern food!

4
★★★★☆

Real Southern food is pretty rare around here, and I (Georgia) was pleasantly surprised. The food here is very authentic. This is a mixed blessing, because in addition to the soulful taste, the portions are big (I had the fried catfish, which was good, but I don't need 4 or 5 of them!) and taste is heavy. My friend had a Cajun something and gave it thumbs-up. Unfortunately, the place was nearly empty, and the only people working were Latinos, which was strange in a "family-owned and operated" "down home" restaurant. Anyway, it's good for anyone who needs a fix of real Southern food!

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THIS PLACE IS SIMPLY THE BEST .. NOTHING ELSE SAID .. PRICES , FOOD , PARKING , RESPECT, LOVE IT ... I TRAVEL INTO TOWN BORN AND RAISED IN AZUSA BUT FOR THE LAST THREE YRS IN LAKE HAVASU, AZ.. AND LORD KNOW I CANT FIND ANYTHING LIKE THAT

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THIS PLACE IS SIMPLY THE BEST .. NOTHING ELSE SAID .. PRICES , FOOD , PARKING , RESPECT, LOVE IT ... I TRAVEL INTO TOWN BORN AND RAISED IN AZUSA BUT FOR THE LAST THREE YRS IN LAKE HAVASU, AZ.. AND LORD KNOW I CANT FIND ANYTHING LIKE THAT

Pros: GREAT FOOD FOR YOUR DOLLAR

Cons: I DONT HAVE ANY

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Although we've lived in the Pasadena area for years, we only recently found Big Mama's. In the last week, we've been there twice. I'm not a big BBQ fan...so the appeal of this restaurant for me is based on the classic southern/soul food

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★★★★★

Although we've lived in the Pasadena area for years, we only recently found Big Mama's. In the last week, we've been there twice. I'm not a big BBQ fan...so the appeal of this restaurant for me is based on the classic southern/soul food

Pros: friendly staff, easy parking, great food

Cons: if crowded, service can be delayed

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Big Mama's is very good and like the other reviewer said, they
give free corn bread!!! The barbecue is good
and their sides are also very good.Better to hit up Mama's and avoid Barn Burner on Fair Oaks. After all is said and done,
try to get down to south L.A. for some real barbecue or maybe someone on Lincoln Ave. in Pasadena is cookin'

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Big Mama's is very good and like the other reviewer said, they
give free corn bread!!! The barbecue is good
and their sides are also very good.Better to hit up Mama's and avoid Barn Burner on Fair Oaks. After all is said and done,
try to get down to south L.A. for some real barbecue or maybe someone on Lincoln Ave. in Pasadena is cookin'

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Like the previous review - the BBQ was OK. Nothing wrong with it whatsoever. It was OK. The catfish was better than ok - ditto the sausage. With that said, the cobbler was a show-stopper! The best I've ever eaten, period. (If it

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★★★★★

Like the previous review - the BBQ was OK. Nothing wrong with it whatsoever. It was OK. The catfish was better than ok - ditto the sausage. With that said, the cobbler was a show-stopper! The best I've ever eaten, period. (If it

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Big Mama's Rib Shack serves up some pretty good BBQ. I tried a pretty much a little bit of everything off of the menu. The fried chicken is great. The chicken is moist and the skin is crisp and flavorful. You can taste the spices they

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Big Mama's Rib Shack serves up some pretty good BBQ. I tried a pretty much a little bit of everything off of the menu. The fried chicken is great. The chicken is moist and the skin is crisp and flavorful. You can taste the spices they

Pros: BBQ and fried chicken

Cons: none really...

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Would recommend this place to anyone who likes ribs. Very nice place where service is quick. Price was responable and worth every bit. Would highly recommend them.

5
★★★★★

Would recommend this place to anyone who likes ribs. Very nice place where service is quick. Price was responable and worth every bit. Would highly recommend them.

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My husband and I went to the bridge party in Pasadena over the summer and this rib shack was cooking food for the party. It was out of site! It's GREAT for all the BBQ meets and other things. It's east to park and the service is really nice too!
Please try, you won't be disapointed.

PROS: great food
CONS: none

5
★★★★★

My husband and I went to the bridge party in Pasadena over the summer and this rib shack was cooking food for the party. It was out of site! It's GREAT for all the BBQ meets and other things. It's east to park and the service is really nice too!
Please try, you won't be disapointed.

PROS: great food
CONS: none

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Don't even get me started on Big Mama's. Just thinking about it makes me want to have their candied yams, fried chicken, and corn bread. The service is mixed and the ambience is okay. I would recommend it!

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Don't even get me started on Big Mama's. Just thinking about it makes me want to have their candied yams, fried chicken, and corn bread. The service is mixed and the ambience is okay. I would recommend it!

Pros: Food, Parking, Price

Cons: service varies

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You have to drive a bit up north to find this place, but the food is heavenly. Be prepared for huge portions (the plates are oval just to fit everything). I recommend getting the BBQ Combo Plate -- it's more than enough to feed 2 normal-appetite people. When I went, my leftovers lasted me for 2 more meals!

There is also very fast service. While you wait for your food, there is free cornbread (served with butter and honey). My friends and I all agreed it was the BEST we'd ever had.

I can't stress enough how great of a food experience I had there -- If you want good BBQ, this is the place to go.

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You have to drive a bit up north to find this place, but the food is heavenly. Be prepared for huge portions (the plates are oval just to fit everything). I recommend getting the BBQ Combo Plate -- it's more than enough to feed 2 normal-appetite people. When I went, my leftovers lasted me for 2 more meals!

There is also very fast service. While you wait for your food, there is free cornbread (served with butter and honey). My friends and I all agreed it was the BEST we'd ever had.

I can't stress enough how great of a food experience I had there -- If you want good BBQ, this is the place to go.

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this place has the yummiest bbq pork ribs i've had in a long time the meat is cooked just right and the sauce is a little spicy, which is nice, other places that we've been to their sauces are more sweet, this sauce is good their bbq

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this place has the yummiest bbq pork ribs i've had in a long time the meat is cooked just right and the sauce is a little spicy, which is nice, other places that we've been to their sauces are more sweet, this sauce is good their bbq

Pros: bbq pork ribs & sauce, service, parking

Cons: price

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This place has some pretty good soul food. The greens are fresh, the fried chicken & fish is good. The BBQ is not very good. Nothing exciting & rather disappointing. Ribs & hot links were weak, the sauce was like it was out of a jar. Will

3
★★★★★

This place has some pretty good soul food. The greens are fresh, the fried chicken & fish is good. The BBQ is not very good. Nothing exciting & rather disappointing. Ribs & hot links were weak, the sauce was like it was out of a jar. Will

Pros: soul food

Cons: , hot links, sauce

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Food was ordered and picked up, it tasted alright, nothing special. My Jambalaya was just a palm full in size (such a turn off). I didn't like the small portions. Not worthy of "Word of mouth" to friends.

3
★★★★★

Food was ordered and picked up, it tasted alright, nothing special. My Jambalaya was just a palm full in size (such a turn off). I didn't like the small portions. Not worthy of "Word of mouth" to friends.

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I went to Big Mama's recently, and I was disappointed! When the waitress sat us down, she told us that the kitchen was going to close in a little bit, so we had to order soon. What the heck? I've never been told that, no matter how late

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I went to Big Mama's recently, and I was disappointed! When the waitress sat us down, she told us that the kitchen was going to close in a little bit, so we had to order soon. What the heck? I've never been told that, no matter how late

Pros: Nice Decore, Good Menu Selection

Cons: , Rude Waitress

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Recently, my wife and I had dinner at Big Mama's. The atmosphere is warm and inviting- the decor and wait staff are top notch. The food was excellent, I had the BBQ Combo and my wife had the fried chicken (YUMMY) We have been their every

3
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Recently, my wife and I had dinner at Big Mama's. The atmosphere is warm and inviting- the decor and wait staff are top notch. The food was excellent, I had the BBQ Combo and my wife had the fried chicken (YUMMY) We have been their every

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Been to quite a few rib joints and these ribs are really good. Not only are the ribs good, but the sides (I had the yams and greens) are really good also....Not everyone knows how to cook yams....Will definitely be going back and will

3
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Been to quite a few rib joints and these ribs are really good. Not only are the ribs good, but the sides (I had the yams and greens) are really good also....Not everyone knows how to cook yams....Will definitely be going back and will

Pros: inexpensive, good food

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The BBQ chicken sauce was delicious and the meat simply fell off the bone. My husband like his ribs. There are many sides to choose from as well. I can't wait to try their gumbo and catfish. We had sweet potato pie for dessert and it was

3
★★★★★

The BBQ chicken sauce was delicious and the meat simply fell off the bone. My husband like his ribs. There are many sides to choose from as well. I can't wait to try their gumbo and catfish. We had sweet potato pie for dessert and it was

Pros: inexpensive, parking lot, good for kids

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The jambalaya had a nice spice to it, not too toned down like most restaurants. The ribs were tender and juicy with a little kick. The decor is interesting but a little sparse; the service was fast but could have been a little warmer.

3
★★★★★

The jambalaya had a nice spice to it, not too toned down like most restaurants. The ribs were tender and juicy with a little kick. The decor is interesting but a little sparse; the service was fast but could have been a little warmer.

Pros: Tasty, Inexpensive

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After reading the outstanding review in the LALA Times we headed straight down to get some BBQ. The service was fantastic. The food very good. The ambiance eclectic but comfortable and inviting. The prices reasonable.

If you want wannabe

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After reading the outstanding review in the LALA Times we headed straight down to get some BBQ. The service was fantastic. The food very good. The ambiance eclectic but comfortable and inviting. The prices reasonable.

If you want wannabe

Pros: great service, good food, Reasonable prices

Cons: Parking not great

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Mama's place hardly looks like a country rib shack, thanks to the premises' former tenant, a contemporary Mediterranean restaurant with trendy aspirations. The mirrored room is stylishly spare, with walls painted in cinnamon, mocha and…

 

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