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Chef Wayne's Big Mamou

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hargau Jul 16, 2006 12:55 PM

I saw this place on the Phantom yesterday, and it looked really good. There is a real lack of Cajun food in MA, in fact I know of no place decent for it.

So is it worth the hike out to Springfield to go here?

  1. Joanie Jul 17, 2006 11:27 AM

    I don't know where you're hiking from, and not sure if Big Mamou's is worth the trip (certainly looks pretty good), but Magnolia's on the opposite side of the state (in Inman Sq. Cambridge) is cajun influenced (used to be called Cajun Kitchen) and very tasty.
    http://www.magnoliascuisine.com/

    1. hiddenboston Oct 16, 2006 01:21 PM

      Is Big Mamou open for lunch? I searched everywhere and couldn't find their hours.

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        Enfielder Oct 17, 2006 02:09 AM

        Go. Great food, friendly folks. It's really informal - you may end up sharing a table. Never been there for lunch but the Springfield newspaper website says they're open. BYOB.

        1. hiddenboston Oct 17, 2006 03:16 PM

          I just saw on some site that they are only open for lunch on weekdays. Oh well! Guess I'll have to try it for dinner some other time.

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            joanie68 Apr 12, 2007 05:36 AM

            Chef Wayne's Big Mamou is definitely worth it. The style is REAL cajun, not just some seasoning thrown on to make it spicy. You can BYOB which is fun. Some old standby favorites for apps. our the crabcakes (the best!), crawfish broulettes, crawfish quesadillas... for entrees we go crazy for the chicken etoufee which has fried crawfish tails on top... and the shrimp & sausage jambalaya (you can order with "extra" shrimp & sausage if you want. One of my all-time favorite restaurants. And they play good music, too. Small place but worth the trip!

            1. sryder Apr 13, 2007 02:20 PM

              I don't know if you've already gone or not, since this is quite an old post, but Chef Wayne's is definitely well worth the trek. Everything I've ever had there is superb, and I've never heard anyone in the area disagree. One piece of advice...get there early, especially if you're going for dinner on the weekend. The place is teeny and it fills up quickly. We like to get there right at 5 when they open, and by the time 5.30 hits the tables are filled and the line starts forming with people carrying their coolers of beer and wine to keep them amused while they wait. ;)

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