2230 W Bonanza Rd, Las Vegas, NV | Directions 8910636.177516 -115.173219
Neighborhoods: Las Vegas
Best Down Home Southern Cooking out of the South – I need to do a bit of background. I go to Vegas a couple of times a year mostly on business and stay in the large Strip hotels but need to get off of the Strip to just relax. I was looking for good comfort food on one occasion and saw a review for Big Mamas. Comfort food to me means fried and likely either East European or Deep South. Off I went.
Okay in the interest of honesty you need to be comfortable with not upscale restaurant and locale. Food was critical and I did not worry about the neighborhood. Felt like I had died and been transported back to the South after I ate there the first time. Great food and real people.
My wife hates Vegas and never goes with me on business trips but I told her when we were going through Vegas on a trip a few months after my first adventure to this restaurant she was in for a treat. Okay I am an adventurous diner. My wife is not. I look for good food and good people. If it is upscale, okay but not real critical to me. She questioned where I was taking her and especially when she saw it was not upscale. She has been on some of my culinary adventures in the past.
Brief synopsis of her review. "Honey, when we are driving back through Vegas on the way back to CA after this trip to Salt Lake, we have to stop at Big Mama's again." We did and she wants to go back. I have now over heard her on several occasions since that trip tell her friends how they need to go there.
Hush puppies, fried cat fish, fried chicken, greens corn bread and sweet potato pie are the things I remember most. I will return. Good food and good people.
Hits the spot every time. – I do not go here for the ambience. I go here for the smothered chicken, pineapple cake, and peach cobbler. It's a local family joint - the kind place you might find in a church basement. I would have to recommend it because I love the food here. It's a friendly place with good food that never disappoints me.
Extremely disappointed – I'm from Los Angeles, and I have to say I am a devoted fan of the Pasadena, CA location. My husband and I have been talking up this restaurant to all of our family and friends. As we were in Vegas this past weekend with family, we decided to drag some of them to Big Mama's for the best Southern/Soul/BBQ, as we knew the recipes were the same. Sadly, the food, atmosphere, and service were at the complete opposite end of the spectrum from the Pasadena location. The Pasadena location is a nice restaurant with pleasant staff and good table service. The Vegas location is more of a fast food joint where the customers are more likely to take out their order than to dine in. In fact, after we parked, we weren't sure if they were even open as 1/2 the lights in the dining area were turned off. Our server (the only one around) was extremely friendly, and determined to get our orders correct. However, the yelling match she conducted with the person on the kitchen side of the counter to ensure our orders were right was unnecessary and absurdly entertaining ... in an oh-my-God-I've-got-a-story-for-you drinking story way. Additionally, The food quality was all over the place...from cold corn bread and chicken & dumplings with no dumplings to perfectly fried okra and excellent fried chicken. The fried pork chops were nicely cooked, but the gravy on the smothered pork chops was lukewarm and slightly off. My brother commented that his oxtail entree was a little "vinegary"...as I've had the oxtails in Pasadena (which were not at all vinegary), his comment both surprised and worried me. I can honestly say that I won't be returning to this Las Vegas location.
Great food, amazing price – I'm from the NW and good Southern food is far and few between here. On visits to Las Vegas we heard rumors of a great place called "Big Mama's Rib Shack" -- IT WAS WORTH IT! Kind of in a strange part of town, north Vegas, a little less glam than the strip but who cares, you're here to eat not play the slots. The price of all the dishes are cheap cheap cheap, I love their red beans and rice, their pulled pork is AMAZING as with the ribs and corn bread and desserts! I could go on and on, but I really do agree that their "sauce is boss." The staff are wonderful and will steer you in the direction of something delicious if you're too overwhelmed, but if I may recommend the pulled pork - yum!!
What a shame – On the basis of its proximity to my workplace, my Southern roots and the "best of Vegas" sticker in the window, I gave this funky looking place two shots. I was disappointed both times.
First go-round, I got red beans and rice and barbeque. Way overpriced and tasteless. Still, I thought maybe I just got them on a bad day.
Second trip, I went in, asked specifically what some of their most popular items were, and was told "catfish" so that's what I ordered. After 20 minutes, I finally had to ask the guy who took my order if the one plate that had been sitting on the pass-through window forevery if that was my order. It was, except that I ordered catfish and got--overcooked chicken. The sides of collard greens and macaroni and cheese were bland. Pecan pie was good, but you can get that anywhere.
When I told the guy behind the counter that they'd gotten my order wrong, he asked if I wanted a refund of the difference between catfish and chicken. Uh, yeah.
Best BBQ in Vegas...end of subject – Order it at the counter and then set down to eat it. Ribs, greens, cornbread Big Mamma's got it all. Don't get no better than Big Mama's. Off the beaten path, but well worth the journey. "And better you better clean your plate, case Big Mamas's watching!!"
If your looking for ambience ... – ... this may not be the place for you. But if your looking for great food, then you must try Big Mamma's. The ribs and fried chicken are out of this world. If you can't remember what homemade mac & cheese tastes like then try Big Mamma's. This is a great place to come and eat probably the best BBQ in Las Vegas.
This no-frills Tennessee barbecue joint is Vegas' local Cajun hot spot. – In Short
There's nothing but award-winning soul food and the real-deal barbecue here. Big Mama brags her "sauce is the boss" and the ribs, chicken, beef and pork are smothered in the secret recipe. Test the spicy jambalaya; grab a po'boy sandwich or try the herb-heavy blackened catfish seared in a red-hot skillet to seal in the flavor. Mama says if the Colonel had fried chicken like hers "he would have been a General."
Good Local Joint – Good local joint is a huge compliment in Vegas because they are few and far between. I ordered their food as take-out for a meeting one night. I was disappointed in the side dish portion sizes - very small and I didn't see any options for larger. The quality of the food was excellent though - good sauce on the ribs, good jambalya. Very expensive for what you get though. Service was excellent and very friendly. As for atmosphere - just keep in mind it is an old McDonald's resturant!
Over hyped – Worst ribs I've ever had! They were dry, tough and swimming in yucky BBQ sauce. Place had a "used " feel to it and the cook had to scrounge to find a knife for 3 people. I don't know what people are talking about when they say this place was voted best in Las Vegas because it certainly wasn't.
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