401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA | Directions 7013029.948901 -90.066999
Neighborhoods: Central Business District, French Quarter - CBD
We were told that this was a good place to eat. Don't. The people are rude there and the food was not that great and priced to high for what you got. We went for breakfast. The next day we drove to Shoney's, which was further from where we were staying but better food and service. Try Huck Finn's, Cafe De Monde anyplace else.
Ham for those who don't eat breakfast – Whew! After reading all of the flames, I thought you might want to try some of some excellent ham -- black ham that is. We ate at Mother's a couple of years ago. I don't normally eat ham, but tried the black ham. Wow! Tender, tasty, and decadent. We had breakfast there again today. Poached eggs, grits, black ham --- WOW!
Yes, the system of service is a bit unusual, but not horrible. Ask the rules as you go in the door. They will give you the skinny.
Relax. Have fun. Order the black ham and enjoy.
Horrible Service and food – DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! Horrible service...Rude and nasty staff, including the owners SON. I paid $17 for a waffle, ham and grits! We waited 40 minutes to get in...And Another 30 minutes for food. I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy. This place does not exemplify the hospitality and appreciation that is present in New Orleans. I think I am going to write to the Mayor of New Orleans. I attended a huge festival that brought this restaurant a lot of traffic. I am very disappointed in the treatment that me and my party of 6 received.
Better places – Being born and raised in NOLA I can say for sure that there are much better places with friendlier service than Mother's. I was honestly pretty shocked when Travel Channel featured them on a show - they are somewhat of a joke around here.
Not worth the calories, not worth your hard earned money – This is a tourist trap. All of the people who took the survey and gave good reviews on this restaurant is either insane, doesn't know what good food is, or employees, relatives, friends or owner of this restaurant. Crappy service, mediocre food above all pricey for all the abuse you get from their employees. Think about it your keeping their restaurant afloat. You work for your money why would you just waste it on a restaurant who can't get your order right with employees that have attitude written all over them and most of all the food is not great. You must have seen this on tv just like we did but learn from us. Eating here is a really bad idea. Po boys is like eating pigs food the bread is soggy and there's really nothing good to say about their food. Eat and puke. There's a lot of better restaurant in New Orleans don't get trap by hype.
Hometown Goodness – Visited New Orleans for about 1 week. Went here twice. Food is southern, inexpensive and tasty.
Not what I hoped for – After seeing this place on the travel channel I knew the next time I was in New Orleans I needed to try it. It was a huge let down. Not only was the food very average, I was surprised at how expensive it was. Not worth the money at all!! I'm not from New Orleans but there has to be somewhere better.
Tread Lightly... – I would only recommend this place if you plan to order true Louisianna food...beans and rice, fried okra, jambalya or a shrimp poy boy. All other items on the menu are average to below average and not worth the money you have to spend.
If you see a line outside, while it moves fast, it's not worth getting on unless you are prepared for the most stressful ordering process you will ever experience. They take your order so quickly and barely give you the opportunity to look at the menu.
As for the service, the wait staff is pleasant and actually pretty humorous but stay away from the Owner of this joint. He has no problem insulting the tourists that are responsible for carrying his business. It's family style seating and some of the regulars can be pretty uptight. Puts a really big damper on what should be a fun experience. Not worth the money when you can get much better food other places in NOLA.
Skip it – Everyone raves about this place as a "must try" when in New Orleans. I have eaten there three times and each time has sucked! I went back, figuring that I had to have gone on an 'off' day, but each time was the same - long wait, unfriendly service, lackluster food. Save the room in your stomach for something better.
Not all it's cracked up to be – II visited Mother's on a recent trip to New Orleans and it's definitely not worth the long line. With all the fabulous restaurants in NOLA, there is no reason to use up one of your mealtimes on this stop. The service was absolutely terrible. I actually went twice because my brother missed out on the first trip and had heard about it and wanted to go. Both times the food was average and both times, the owner, who often sits at the front door to enforce the rules of the line and ordering, was extremely unfriendly and at one point bluntly rude. I realize this is a long standing famous place in New Orleans, so they likely think their customer service skills don't matter because there is always a line out the door and people keep coming back, but regardless of how popular you are, making the customers experience a positive one should always be a priority. Our orders never came out right, and by the time we got what we ordered it was cold and we were so ready to get out of there, we didn't enjoy it at all. Will never go back and don't recommend it.
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