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Jan 16, 2008 07:27 AM

Big Mamou

Heard about it stopped by for lunch. What I ordered: Fried Catfish Po Boy w/ Andouille Rice.
What i got: Fried catfish strips on a plain roll. Yellow rice with thick plain gravy.
With a Po Boy I expect slaw, fried onions, remoulade, something.

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  1. One of the most over-rated restaurants in WMass. Never mind authentic, I've never had a decent meal there. 3rd rate ingredients, greasy, poorly presented.
    I don't get why they are even still in business.
    And they are opening up in Williamsburg? Well, this is The Valley and we get excited by what we hope are authentic ethnic restaurants, so I'm sure there will be a line of Volvos in the parking lot no matter how good or bad the food actually is. Probably mine included, at least for a few visits.

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    1. re: Big Fat Moe

      Wow...I completely disagree. I always have a good lunch there, and yours is the first complaint I've ever heard. Can't say I've done dinner in the Springfield location, but we'll be there when it opens in Williamsburg.

      1. re: Big Fat Moe

        Thanks, I won't be going there with my Volvo. Do you know that there are republican Volvo drivers in Amherst? We eat, too ;-)

        1. re: Big Fat Moe

          I going to have to agree with moe. I've been there several times and I've often had a greasy, over cooked meal. It has never lived up to its hype for me...althought my mother really enjoys it.

        2. Thanks for the heads-up. I kept meaning to make it out there (I'm a native of Louisiana and am always looking for good southern food). You saved me a trip.

          1. I have to say I too am quite surprised by the reviews. I've never had a bad meal at Big Mamou's Springfield location. Just tried their new Williamsburg location this week and it was truly fabulous (go to my web site for my review: Feb 7, 2008 post).

            And, yes, I've been to Louisiana.

            Maybe try again? I wish you a better experience if you do.

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            1. re: AtetotheBar

              Williamsburg seems to attract a different demographic. With the pea-green linens and the average clientele age of 50, I felt like I was eating in an nursing home. I prefer the atmosphere at the old location, it was much more lively. But the food at Williamsburg Mamou was just as tasty.

            2. We ate here last night. Went mainly for the fried oysters which they were out of. Had crabcakes and crawfish boulettes for apps. Not a hint of crab in cakes, nor crawfish in boulettes. Crabcakes tasted like fried breadcrumbs; boulettes like fried doughballs. For the main course we had blackened surf and turf. Totally charred, no cooling dip, nasty slimy sauce on top of overcooked rice. Mushy side vegetables. Won't be going back.

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              1. re: tatwood2

                FYI: This review was for the Big Mamou's in Williamsburg, not Springfield.

              2. I think the place is great. I am yet to be disapointed. I went on Monday night and had the seafood jambalaya. Spot on! It's the only good place in Springfield to eat!

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                1. re: foodwallguy

                  Went to the Springfield branch once. That was enough. The rice was par-boiled Uncle Ben's style. Ugh.