As part of their fall promotion, they invited a great mix of media representatives to sample some of their fall offerings. The cowboy was FINALLY able to accompany me, and was equally excited to try some southern goodness. Since he's a good ole' boy from the hills of Virginia, I knew he'd really like a place that bills itself as a 'southern table and refuge'!
|Mama's Boy Southern Table and Refuge|
|Mama's Boy Restaurant - The 25 ft buoy pictured above on the right acts as a great landmark!|
As soon as we arrived we were warmly greeted by owner Greer Fredericks who gave us a quick tour and some background info on her beautiful new restaurant. Meanwhile, bartender Chris gave us the libation menu and I happily selected their famous "Georgia Peach" cocktail made with Ciroc Peach Vodka, Amaretto, Orange Juice, and Lemon Juice.
|Chris prepared a Georgia Peach Cocktail|
After greeting our dining companions for the evening, we settled in to our corner section to experience some of the low-country favorites featured at Mama's Boy! In attendance for the night were Kait from 4LoveofCarrots, Jenn from That'sSoJenn, Anatoli from Talk-a-Vino, Dee from Dee'sCuisine, Chris and Jeff from Cooking with Jeff and Christina, and new friends Frank from EpicCures / RestaurantsCT, and Valerie from BonVivant.
We started with galvanized buckets of steaming hot boiled peanuts and a basket of delicious corn muffins!
|(L) Redneck Edamame Georgia peanuts boiled in a house spice blend|
(R) Basket of fresh made corn muffins fruit preserves and honey butter
|(L) Deviled Eggs house-smoked Tasso, okra pickles|
(R) Fried Chicken Skins with pickled beets and jalapeno-garlic honey dips
|Low-country Bouillabaisse, made with grouper, white shrimp, mussels, |
house-smoked andouille, baby corn, potato, shrimp broth
Next up on our sampler menu were: The Charleston Crab Cake, a scrumptious chock full of lump crabmeat crispy cake sitting atop a bed of creamy sweet corn. Shrimp and Grits followed, and were served 'southern-style' perfectly centered in a cast iron skillet. The presentation was beautiful, as was the dish, flavorful shrimp, luscious grits, and a heavenly pimento cream gravy. The BLT Salad, but not your typical BLT, this one had a twist and was made with spicy candied bacon, artisan lettuce, and fried green tomatoes in a tangy buttermilk dressing!
And lastly, was what our waitress Nicole called "a mini-stegosaurus" a Crispy Pork Shank.
|(L) The Little Yardbird marinated country fried game hen, corn bread waffle, braised collard greens |
with Brookside Farms maple syrup, habanero jelly
(R) Crispy Pork Shank Sea Island red pea maque choux, herb infused braising liquid
Don't ask me how, but we somehow found room for coffee and dessert! I had a wonderfully creamy rich cappuccino and at our table we shared thick gooey slices of spice cake, red velvet cake, and carrot cake.
|A trio of Cakes and Cappuccino|
Some must mentions from our visit.
Owner, Greer, was the consummate host and purveyor of hospitality, and a true appreciator of the southern style and charm. When I asked the Ridgefield CT native, "Why southern cuisine" - she immediately quipped "Why not". And I was an instant fan from there.
I agree. Why not!
Greer and her staff embody the true southern way of cooking, that doesn't necessarily mean 'dripping with butter' but is instead centered around the flavors of the south, and a love of good food, good conversation, and good company.
Chef Scott Ostrander, a CIA graduate, brings a decade of experience from around the south, and has even prepared his cuisine for two Presidents, Clinton and Bush. His love of the farm to table movement is evident in his use of so many locally sourced items and ingredients.
Pastry chef Natalie Duplessy, is a goddess. It's as simple as that. The cowboy is in love with her and her spice cake, and only begrudgingly, allowed others at the table to partake in our shared slice.
The atmosphere is relaxed, service is friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. Tables are roomy, and seating is comfortable. Of special note are the dinner napkins, oversize cotton kitchen towels that sit nicely on the lap, and are soft and comfy to the touch. Much better than an overly starched white dinner napkin!
Large jugs of water are placed on the table. A relief for those of us that love to have a clear beverage with our meals. AND...If available, ask for "The Drink" a mix of gin and mint and Chris's secret ingredients. Oh so good, and the perfect accompaniment to a southern meal.
And classic blues music floats lightly in the background. Pure bliss.
We absolutely loved Mama's Boy in South Norwalk. And you will too! Stop by for their Madmen Lunch Specials, Sunday Brunch, and Happy Hour Specials.
19 North Water Street
South Norwalk, CT 06854
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Have you been to Mama's Boy?
Do you like southern style cooking?
What would you like to try from our sampling menu?
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Disclaimer: We were invited to this promotional sampling at the Mama's Boy Southern Table and Refuge, however, the views and opinions expressed herein are my own.