When Mom’s Kitchen opened in Astoria last year, I was skeptical. The restaurant opened in place of one of my favorite neighborhood spots, Brick Cafe, and I had my doubts that the newcomer would be able to compete with its predecessor.
But earlier this summer, I decided to give Mom’s Kitchen a try anyway, and I brought along my boyfriend for what would be his first Bitches Who Brunch dining experience.
We arrived a few minutes earlier than our reservation and asked to be seated outside. As we waited for an outdoor table to open up, we headed to the bar for a quick drink—we both were out late the night before and were in desperate need of some hair of the dog.
I opted for the passion fruit margarita, and my boyfriend went with the Gulf Coast Bloody Mary. My drink was refreshing, but I thought it lacked flavor. My boyfriend, though, was thoroughly impressed with his choice, especially because it came topped with jumbo shrimp.
Shortly after we ordered our first round, we were moved to our table outside. We were both starving and decided to start with an appetizer. Being that we’re both major macaroni and cheese lovers, the Return of the Mac — macaroni smothered with white cheddar, gruyere, smoked gouda, and bacon — was a no-brainer.
This dish was absolutely delicious, and I kind of regret agreeing to share it. It was extra cheesy, and the bacon topped things off perfectly. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect dish to help us get over our hangovers.
For his entree, my boyfriend ordered steak and eggs, while I, a self-proclaimed eggs Benedict addict, opted for the Tex Benedict, a fun twist on one of my favorite brunch dishes.
The steak and eggs, a grilled strip steak with garlic herb butter, two eggs, and choice of home fries or salad (my boyfriend went with the home fries), lived up to my boyfriend’s high steak standards and was devoured quickly. He said it was exactly what a steak lover would expect when ordering this dish.
My Tex Benedict, which consisted of braised brisket, poached eggs, Texas toast, BBQ hollandaise sauce, pickled jalapeños, and coleslaw was equally as tasty. The brisket was cooked to perfection, and I loved the BBQ hollandaise sauce. This was a unique dish I’ve never seen on a menu before, and I can’t wait to return to Mom’s Kitchen to try it again.
Even though my boyfriend had been eyeing the milkshakes portion of the menu all throughout our meal and said he’d save room for the Strawberry Shorty, we were sadly too full for dessert after our appetizer and entrees, but I’m sure we’ll be back soon to treat ourselves.
The Bitches say: Five Flutes. Mom’s Kitchen serves up mouthwatering comfort food in a relaxed environment. If you’re craving a home-cooked meal but don’t actually want to make the trek home, Mom’s Kitchen is the place to be.
Mom’s Kitchen serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.