A touch of the South here in the North
We are so lucky to have no shortage of amazing restaurants here in Cambridge; Upstairs on the Square, Rialto and Bondir just to name a few. I have a long list of other restaurants I want to try and someday I intend to make it to them all. However, when push comes to shove and it’s time to make a decision of where to dine I seem to keep returning to the same wonderful place, Hungry Mother. There are many reasons I have become a repeat offender at this southern inspired restaurant, first and foremost the food. It is not fussy, it is not overworked, the technique and ingredients shine. You feel welcomed and comfortable from the moment you walk in the door. I am completely in love the rustic decor with subtle modern hints. Beautiful wooden table tops not mussed up with a table cloth.
Each time the menu, while staying true to it’s southern roots, has delighted with different options. However, an item that hasn’t changed is the boiled peanuts. With beautiful flecks of Maine sea salt and a soft meaty interior they are addictive yet not heavy and filling. We also thoroughly enjoyed the Fried Oysters with Maine shrimp buttered grits, pickled ramps and bourbon smoked paprika oil and the festively named Southern Vibes which on this trip had a beautiful country ham, pimento cheese, and 26 month aged benton’s ham. We were also treated to gift from the kitchen, absolutely divine Deviled chip-in eggs with bacon and smoked paprika.
Simple beautiful food.
I am not going to go on and on about the execution of the food and how the flavors worked with each other I will leave that to the professionals. Bottom line everything I tasted, and I tasted everything at the table was simply delicious, warmed your soul and made you want to eat more of it. To me this is how food should be.
While, the food is the star no doubt. What truly leaves a lasting impression and continues to draw me back is the service. As someone who has devoted their life to service I can be very difficult to please. Hungry Mother has impressed me time and time again.
While, I will try to branch out I know it won’t be long till I head back to get my fix of everything that is Hungry Mother.
Posted by Alison Doughty, Hotel Manager at Hotel Veritas