Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mama Josie’s

Nashville Restaurants and Food
Mama Josie’s
620 Gallatin Pike N.

Mama Josie’s Home Cooking is tough to spot, even if you’ve been there before. It’s well worth making the effort- they’re serving up very good meat and three in Madison. It’s the standard daily line-up of pork chops, meat loaf, chicken wings, beef tips and chicken and dumplings. It’s the execution that sets this place apart- seasoning and flavors are pitch perfect with nearly everything from entrees to veggies.

The dining room is clean, if a bit Spartan. This isn’t the chatty type of soul food place…sure you’ll get a nice welcome, but it’s pretty much about the business of putting food on the plate. And I’m alright with that, especially when the results are this good.

Let’s be clear that this isn’t diet food. A dinner roll drenched in butter is wonderfully decadent. Chicken and stuffing casserole is savory and the ultimate in home-style cooking. The pasta salad is al dente and lightly dressed with carrots, peas and broccoli. The potato salad has thick chunks of potato, onion and celery and a creamy-herby sauce. Each bite hits the mark.

Another visit shows one flaw: a slightly overcooked pork chop. Still, there’s great flavor there. The mac and cheese is nicely seasoned. Red beans are stewed with ground beef. And there are generous portions all around. The sign on the wall says “Cherish life’s simple pleasures” and that’s easy to do at Mama Josie’s.

I paid $10 with tax and tip on one visit and $11 on another.

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Anonymous said...

Great food and service. I will be return.