I digress. So what can you expect at Mama’s? Here’s a synopsis of my experience.
If you want breakfast at Mama’s there is absolutely no getting around having to wait unless you send your significant other earlier to wait in line. Then you can show up just as he/she has finally made it to the front! Otherwise, you are guaranteed to have to wait no matter what day or time you come! I learned this the hard way. I thought I was being smart showing up at 8am on a Friday. After all, most people have to work on Friday mornings. For those who don’t work, they’d be crazy to get up so early for breakfast right? Wrong! Lesson learned: There are a lot of people crazy enough to wake up bright and early to stand in line for Mama’s. Upon arriving at 8am on a Friday morning, I was greeted by this lovely long line that had already formed well before the restaurant even opened.
While you patiently wait outside, you can start pondering which of Mama’s Specialties you plan to order. Then you should plaster your face on the window and ogle at the heavenly goodness that people inside are eating. Sure, it makes them uncomfortable, but who cares right? You’re starving and you can literally feel your stomach gnawing at itself. And who knows! Maybe if the people inside feel uncomfortable enough, then they’ll eat faster and leave so you can finally have your chance at devouring the delicious breakfast goodies!
After 50 minutes, which is apparently a short wait for typical Mama’s lines, we were finally granted entry into Mama’s where we were greeted by yet another line. This was the golden ticket line where you finally get to place your food order! Needless to say, I figured it was highly unlikely that I’d ever want to wait to eat here again. So between two of us we ordered two egg dishes and two french toast dishes. Once our orders had been taken and paid for, we stood over the tables like vultures stalking their prey–just watching and waiting for somebody, anybody, to finish eating and abandon their table for our use.
After a 15 minute wait our food slowly started to arrive at the table. We were ready to pounce on everything in front of our faces!
Would I ever go back to Mama’s? I won’t say “Never”, but the chances of me going again are about as high as the chances of me being the first in line at Mama’s without having to arrive before they open. So not likely at all.
If you really want to Mama’s off your list I’d highly recommend going early on a weekday. Send one person to wait in line while another goes to fetch some coffee nearby. And when you finally gain access, don’t miss out on trying the homemade blackberry jam. The freshly made jam is absolutely delicious on anything!