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Taking some out-of-town friends out to dinner tonight and want to stay on the Cambridge side of the river. We have reservations at Hungry Mother tonight but is it still worth checking out? I heard great things when they first opened, not so great things when they skyrocketed after the Globe piece, and not much since then.

I really wanted to take them to Bergamot but didn't plan early enough and now can't get a reservation until 9 tonight.

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Hungry Mother
Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

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  1. Went in May - was thoroughly enjoyed by all six members of our party. So that's one data point. But having looked at the menu - there is really not a heck of a lot of revision/change, so if you have been before, it may seem less exciting the second time around. The newness wearing off...

    Also, the menu mentions Chip-In Farm (in Bedford, MA) is used for their deviled eggs, so that's one way around the big egg recall.

    1. I was just there this past Friday for a late dinner. Service was great from start to finish, despite the fact that it was still very busy when we were seated at 9:30pm. The beef tongue canapes were as tasty as ever. I enjoyed the chicken fried Vermont quail (fairly new to the menu, I think), and my DC raved about the roasted chicken. I remember loving the cornbread last time around, but this time, it was kind of bland, although the balance of crumbly and cakey texture was perfect. I was also underwhelmed by the ham and cheddar grits and bluefish pate. All in all, I think Hungry Mother still does a lot of things well, but it's not on my go-to list in Cambridge.

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      1. re: ilovedessert

        could you describe the quail dish?

        1. re: galangatron

          There were two pieces of mostly-boned quail lightly fried in a fried chicken-type batter with a hint of spice. Not too much breading or grease but still crunchy, while the meat stayed very juicy and tender. I personally prefer dark meat to white, so the quail suited my tastes. The accompanying greens were wilted and lightly tossed with a vinaigrette, a perfect complement to the quail.

      2. My wife and I ate there on Saturday evening. Great as usual, started with the Pork Plate for an app, then the Catfish and Pork and Grits for entrees. Everything spot on as usual. Plus they still serve one of the only Sweet Tea's done right in the city.

        1. Yes, I have noticed no decline. Still one of the absolute best restaurants in Cambridge.

          1. I was there in July with a group of 4 people. Service was great as always. Food was wonderful, but I do agree that the menu doesn't vary much so you could get bored if you go a lot

            1. Haven't been since the spring...but went in April for dinner with my parents and in May for bar menu with my husband. On both visits everything was fantastic. So it's still quite high on my list.

              1. While we're on the subject, is Hungry Mother still packed all the time? I'd love to go back for the food but don't like being cramped.

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                Hungry Mother
                Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA