We just had lunch here the other day and it these folks met all my suther’n expectations.
Co-owner Lisa Maraschiello, who hails from the hills of western North Carolina, clearly knows the ways of traditional Dixie dishes. Unlike most traditional southern staples, however, Yo Mamma's fixin's feature local ingredients and touch of Northwest flare.Homemade biscuits and gravy seemed to be the signature dish so I ordered the “Old Timer,” which was a made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuit, house ground pork shoulder, sawmill gravy with a local fried egg on top—all for $6. The gravy was fatty and delicious, not all synthetic and Sysco-y. The egg on top really pulled the dish together. Did I mention it was only $6 AMERICAN DOLLARS! It was a lot of damn food for six bucks.
My boss, in her infinite wisdom, ordered the “Mean Mother Clucker,” a spicy pretzel and pecan crusted chicken nestled inside a homemade buttermilk biscuit with local honey and green Tabasco sauce. Not as filling as my dish, but it was only $5 and boasted the same great combo of flavors, use of quality ingredients and made-from-scratch flair.
Also on the breakfast menu (served all day!) are red velvet pancakes ($6), cheese grits ($7), and, for those seeking lighter fare, a homemade granola and yogurt bowl ($6.50). Lunch highlights include a spicy meatloaf sando ($8), mac and cheese with Oregon Dungeness crab ($11.50), and shrimp and grits ($10).
Of course, sweet tea ($1) and lemonade ($2 for marionberry ‘ade) made the menu as did a Carolina Key Lime Pie ($4).
We’ll be going back. If you want some Southern comfort food in you life you can find Lisa and her bright red food trailer parked in the B.I.G.S. parking lot, 35 NW Bond St. There’s plenty of shade as well as a small brick retaining wall in front of the garden supply store that doubles as a B.I.G.S.-approved dining spot.
Find Yo Mammas on facebook at facebook.com/yomommasbend.
Photo taken by James Williams