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Hungry Mother

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Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, New American Restaurant, and Bar$$$$
Cambridge
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  • Lin d.
    Lin daAugust 10, 2015
    Deviled eggs!
  • Eater
    EaterMay 7, 2015
    Chef Barry Maiden won the 2015 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Northeast region. Read more
  • Brett P.
    Brett PerryApril 29, 2015
    Everything!
  • Brett P.
    Brett PerryApril 29, 2015
    Beautifully thought out meals. Delicious local ingredients. Bold flavors with classic roots. Highly recommend!
  • Sophie C.
    Sophie ChouApril 23, 2015
    amazing driinks, intensely flavored food, lovely service... nevver had a bad experience here!
  • M K.
    M KApril 6, 2015
    Just get everything
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Come for the awesome Southern food, stay for the cocktails
  • Mitchell M.
    Mitchell MarsmanNovember 15, 2014
    Good beer great southern upscale fair
  • Mahee F.
    Mahee FerliniNovember 14, 2014
    There are so many things I would have never thought to try and loved all of them.
  • Todd C.
    Todd CannataNovember 8, 2014
    Fried chicken
  • Joshua E.
    Joshua EddyOctober 28, 2014
    Scallops with country ham and pickled watermelon.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BearnotOctober 18, 2014
    Go to Kendall Sq Cinema for a flick then swing by HM afterwards. Sometimes they can seat you at the bar without a rez. Recommend checking out the cocktails in addition to the AMAZING food.
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 16, 2014
    Give our pal Chef Barry a high five. Also the Cast Iron Chicken and the Seafood Pan Roast makes dreams come true!
  • Darrick C.
    Darrick ChanAugust 9, 2014
    Just incredible. You have to tey everything from the cornbread to the mason jar cocktails.
  • Peter M.
    Peter McCullaghAugust 7, 2014
    Everything is awesome!
  • Markeya W.
    Markeya W.June 20, 2014
    Simply decadent food and great whiskey list!
  • Sam M.
    Sam MilenkovFebruary 8, 2014
    Great service! Plan for a dinner and a move at the Kendal Sq Cinema and they get you the tickets for thr show as well!
  • Rob G.
    Rob GendronJanuary 31, 2014
    Shrimp and grits were fantastic
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJanuary 12, 2014
    With this large a selection of different types of whiskeys, it would be a mistake to leave without trying an old-fashioned or Manhattan. Be adventurous and trust the bartenders.
  • Philipp ..
    Philipp .December 4, 2013
    Loved the cornbread
  • Utibe E.
    Utibe E.November 17, 2013
    Second favorite restaurant in Boston, could quite easily be my first. Delicious food from appetizers to dessert. Stop on in. Usually need a reservation though.
  • Keri D.
    Keri DingNovember 14, 2013
    Mediocre for the price. Beef tongue was the best
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauNovember 11, 2013
    Try the Cornmeal Crusted Catfish - Andouille, dirty rice, chow chow, lemon brown butter. Salty.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauNovember 10, 2013
    Try the Antebellum Cornbread - With sorghum butter
  • Chris F.
    Chris FergusonOctober 25, 2013
    Fantastic food, but the servers almost try a little too hard to act chill and hipster. Expensive and small portions.... But oh so good.
  • Caroline H.
    Caroline HollandOctober 4, 2013
    Pork shoulders perfectly cooked and delicious!!
  • Jeremy Y.
    Jeremy YanSeptember 30, 2013
    This place is very good! Definitely a $$$ restaurant worth the price! You are better off making a reservation.
  • Marc Y.
    Marc YunSeptember 8, 2013
    Impossible to get a table w/o reservation on Friday night, but sitting at the bar is fun!
  • Anusha
    AnushaAugust 19, 2013
    An incredible twist on southern cuisine! The fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese and shoulder bacon gnocchi are beyond delicious.
  • Marty M.
    Marty McCabeJuly 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Fridays in the summer: Back Door BBQ. 11:30am til the run out...and Hi-Life while you wait!
  • DigBoston
    DigBostonJuly 16, 2013
    Every Friday throughout the summer they offer Lexington-style pulled pork on house-made white bread with all the necessary sides—Miller High Life, sweet tea, etc. Read more
  • Connie L.
    Connie LuJune 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best date night restaurant - get here before 6 and get cheap movie tickets! And order the Deviled Eggs...
  • Ben S.
    Ben SpallzzzMay 5, 2013
    Get anything. Totally worth it
  • KTLR
    KTLRApril 29, 2013
    Trying to decide is almost impossible. The escargot with gnocchi are divine and not your typical preparation (aka not in garlic butter). Save room for dessert.
  • Katie R.
    Katie RobinsonMarch 22, 2013
    The beef tongue and pork belly deviled eggs were amazing!!!
  • Lily B.
    Lily BFebruary 27, 2013
    Best corn bread on this side of the Mason-Dixon line. A must-try restaurant for Cajun cravers.
  • Hani H.
    Hani HongNovember 5, 2012
    Must order a cocktail. The bartender will mix a custom cocktail based on your taste preferences.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Michelin Travel & LifestyleSeptember 22, 2012
    Reinventing Southern dishes with local ingredients, the kitchen sends out beef tongue on toast, grits and shrimp and rabbit rillette with coriander and honey. Dinner only. - Green Guide Editor
  • Jasmine R.
    Jasmine RichardsSeptember 1, 2012
    Cocktail of the Day is usually a winner.
  • Nicholas L.
    Nicholas LamphereAugust 12, 2012
    Beef tongue. Honestly! Try it here; you won't regret it.
  • Christina A.
    Christina AlejandreJuly 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The corn bread is amazing.
  • Michael
    MichaelJuly 16, 2012
    Try the Blueberry Icebox Pie
  • David H.
    David HaberFebruary 20, 2012
    Great warm vibe. Wish I would have ordered more, the rib-eye entree was a bit lacking.
  • Connor F.
    Connor FergusonFebruary 18, 2012
    The Stirred cocktail is amazing. Bourbon, madeira, Aperol, and maple syrup.
  • DigBoston
    DigBostonFebruary 1, 2012
    With first-rate food and drink minus stratospheric prices, they clearly know what they're doing here. http://is.gd/vmpjTy
  • Boston Magazine
    Boston MagazineJanuary 30, 2012
    Hungry Mother brings southern charm to a high-tech hub with its comfort foods galore. Read more
  • Whitney B.
    Whitney BaxterJanuary 13, 2012
    Order the 40. Takes a few minutes (while they buy it next door). Served in a brown paper bag.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 12, 2012
    It's amazing that shrimp and grits can taste this good so far north. [Eater 38 Member]
  • John H.
    John HemmingerJanuary 11, 2012
    Catfish good
  • Olya X.
    Olya XaJanuary 7, 2012
    Madeira is a must here!
  • Minhua Z.
    Minhua ZDecember 30, 2011
    Don't sit in the bar area unless you want the sensation of people throwing dishes at you.
  • Boston Magazine
    Boston MagazineNovember 11, 2011
    Shrimp and grits. Boiled peanuts. The menu might sound like it’ll more warm your soul than blow your mind. But blow your mind, it will. Read more
  • JITTI C.
    JITTI CHAITHIRAPHANTOctober 9, 2011
    Beef Tongue, Corn Bread, Pulled Pork....
  • Raj R.
    Raj RajOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the gnocchi. It's parisian style and very few restaurants (anywhere) make this as well. Tippy tops!
  • Salvatore G.
    Salvatore GiglioSeptember 18, 2011
    Fried green tomatoes are top notch.
  • Alexandra L.
    Alexandra LaurinAugust 30, 2011
    Probably one of the most unique and amazing culinary experiences of my life! The gazpacho was out of this world, and the corn bread is soo good! The Bavette was exceptional!! Read more
  • chinsel
    chinselAugust 15, 2011
    i didn't think i liked grits until i had them here!
  • Joe C.
    Joe ChernovAugust 14, 2011
    Discounted parking at Kendall Sq. garage (and they'll fetch your movie tickets!)
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WilsonJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    As mayor, I leave you the red hook #2 and the Hoskins. Your welcome.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    Exceptional Southern cuisine; be sure to order the cornbread with sorghum butter and boiled peanuts. Don't skip dessert. Read more
  • Nick
    NickApril 23, 2011
    Overrated IMO. Bbq pulled lamb as an appetizer was outstanding, goes downhill from there.
  • AskMen
    AskMenApril 14, 2011
    You'll be treated to smoked pork tenderloin & ragu with anson grits, mustard greens & chow chow, cornmeal catfish with low country red rice, andouille sausage, smoky tomato broth, & celeriac slaw. Read more
  • Ryan
    RyanApril 10, 2011
    The mussels followed by the catfish make for a fantastic meal. The coconut cream pie is pretty darn good, too.
  • Deb M.
    Deb MApril 8, 2011
    Excellent food!!!
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealFebruary 22, 2011
    Don't miss: The boiled peanuts and cornbread with sorghum butter. Really don't miss: Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" wallpapering one of the bathroom walls. Read more
  • Brian
    BrianJanuary 23, 2011
    Looking for a kickass IPA, they have San Diego's own Ballast Point. Careful, 22oz bottle!
  • Cheryl M.
    Cheryl MorrisJanuary 2, 2011
    oyster bacon & sparkling wine soup.... Heaven
  • David C.
    David CaldwellJanuary 1, 2011
    Ask the bartender for something with bourbon and chocolate mole bitters. Fantastic mixologists here!
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 15, 2010
    They've got the balance down between being classy yet unpretentious. It's refined good ol' southern food.
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 12, 2010
    Southern inspired with New England ingredients and influence. A guaranteed good meal. -Tania Peterson, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • Sang L.
    Sang LeeNovember 7, 2010
    Try drink #41! or you can go with drink named "Sang", if you feel adventurous"
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 18, 2010
    Options range from bourbon-braised Berkshire pork shoulder w grits topped with one perfectly barbecued rib, to cornmeal-coated fried green tomato served w a slender shot glass of tomato-chervil water.
  • Senator John B.
    Senator John BlutarskiAugust 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The No. 47 is smooth, refreshing, and comes with a giant ice ball with which you can develop a lasting friendship. Order yours from Ned at the bar. He's the best.
  • Kate W.
    Kate WilsonAugust 16, 2010
    They even have slivovica!
  • Sang L.
    Sang LeeJuly 21, 2010
    Try "Sang" cocktail. Delicious! Ned & Heather are great bartenders.
  • Melody K.
    Melody KohMay 1, 2010
    The beef tongue is a must try. Cat fish w/ dirty rice is great too.
  • Citysearch Boston
    Citysearch BostonApril 27, 2010
    The late-night menu (served 10:01pm-12:30am, Tue to Sun) is a godsend. Get the pimiento cheese, country ham with biscuits, and anything with pickled okra.
  • Emily Z.
    Emily ZhaoApril 17, 2010
    Made a reservation way in advance. I am super excited!
  • Bryan
    BryanApril 15, 2010
    Definitely try the catfish and the cornbread.
  • Eric B.
    Eric BaxterMarch 25, 2010
    Get the boiled peanuts (even in your drink)!
  • Jodi V.
    Jodi VautrinMarch 22, 2010
    Croque Monsieur biscuit to start followed by the roasted chicken with morels, vidalias and green pea purée - excellent!
  • Jodi V.
    Jodi VautrinMarch 21, 2010
    our waiter has ZERO personality tonight. Not sure he's capable of cracking even a polite smile. He looks like Moby.
  • Christian
    ChristianMarch 8, 2010
    Plan to get here with Rob and Mollie.
  • Brian C.
    Brian CantwellFebruary 17, 2010
    Amazing meal: No. 43 > Boiled Peanuts > Shrimp & Grits > Pork Shoulder > Red Velvet Cake Read more
  • Daniel J.
    Daniel JaredFebruary 17, 2010
    If you do not have a #56 you are missing out.
  • nancie s.
    nancie scheirerJanuary 13, 2010
    Go to Hungry Mother for the BEST gluten-free dining. You must try the great cocktails or gluten-free beer while you're there as well.
  • Ron B.
    Ron BlumJanuary 1, 2010
    Cheap parking @ Kendall cinema (with validation)
  • Mark S.
    Mark SadeckiDecember 19, 2009
    Come between 4 and 6 and get movie tickets for 6 bux. They'll even pick up the tickets for you!
  • Joe M.
    Joe MedvedDecember 13, 2009
    40 oz champagne of beers on the menu, enuf said
  • Brian M.
    Brian MichonDecember 3, 2009
    sazerac rye manhattan yummm
  • Sang L.
    Sang LeeNovember 18, 2009
    Go to Hungry Mother and grab some delicious food with southern twists. Definitely get grits and deviled crab maine. Also, if Ned is bartending then ask for a "Sang" cocktail :) Read more
  • Sandro P.
    Sandro PuglieseSeptember 13, 2009
    Awesome old fashioneds, great shrimp & grits, wonderful berkshire pork loin.
  • Drew H.
    Drew HarryJuly 29, 2009
    Get the beef tongue! It was my first and best tongue experience.
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