Mama E’s: food from the soul and shady restaurant of the month

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Mama E’s Wings and Waffles original location can be found at 3838 Springlake Dr in Oklahoma City (map). They are open Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 7pm, closing at 6pm on Wednesday. Give Mama a call at 405-424-0800.

Have you ever wondered what “soul food” is? Visit Mama E’s and they will be glad to educate you. I told the friendly lady preparing my meal a couple days ago how glad I was to find a soul food joint in this town and she said, “Baby, this is truly soul food because we make it with lots of love from deep down in our soul.” I’ll tell you what else it does; it warms the soul. In short, “soul food” is “comfort food”and Mama E makes it as well as anyone I know. Soul food is made the way all comfort food should be made. The made-from-scratch gravies are creamy, the casseroles are cheesy, and everything comes with an extra scoop of lard for flavor.

Not only is Mama E’s great, it’s shady too. It’s a small little shack in a less-than-desirable part of town (off 36th between Kelly and Martin Luther King). Luckily, Mama shuts down before it gets too late, so it’s usually pretty safe to frequent during operating hours. Mama E’s is open from 11-7 Tuesday through Friday, but they close at 6 on Wednesday. Mama says, “You better be goin’ to Wednesday night meetin’ at Church!!” Mama E’s has 4 or 5 tables and a long bar with seats as well. Lots of people came and got food to go while we ate. After seeing the portions Mama serves, I’m sure these people were taking them home to share.

Mama E’s has several fantastic offerings to choose from. Chicken and waffles, burgers, catfish, fried ribs, and pork-chop sandwiches. The chicken and waffles are amazing (dusted with powdered sugar), but to me, the real shining star is the Soul Food Daily Special. Sure, it’s $9.95, but wait until you hear what it includes! You get two meats, three sides, a roll or cornbread, dessert, and all-you-can-drink Kool-Aid! When I say two meats, I mean two full servings of meat. When I say three sides, I mean you better be ready for an afternoon nap when you get back to work. You get a roll or a slice of cornbread (or in my case she gave me both because I was taking too long to decide) and dessert, which could range from bread pudding to sweet potato pie (both are great, according to my lunch companions). I’ll admit, I’ve never made it to dessert. First, I’m not a big dessert fan, and second, not many people can make it through two meats and three sides and live to describe the desserts. In all reality, the soul food special could, and probably should, feed 2 people.

Meats can include a variety of options from day to day. You might get neckbone, chicken and dressing, pork-chops, meatloaf, catfish, fried tilapia (or other whitefish), spaghetti casserole, stroganoff, beef tips, fried ribs, or the like. If you have never had neckbone, try Mama E’s. It’s perfectly seasoned and slow cooked for hours until it’s fall-off-the-(neck)bone tender. To give you a perspective on portion sizes, a typical neckbone is about the size of a man’s fist. Granted, its not loaded with tons of meat, but she loads up 3 or 4 of these chunks of flavor for one serving. The stroganoff had big chunks of meat in a homemade gravy. It was very filling and very tasty. The sides were fantastic as well. Baked macaroni and cheese was perfectly done, mashed potatoes had a homemade turkey gravy drizzled all over them, and I also tried a squash, okra, and tomato saute of some sort that was unique and flavorful. Of course, you can also get corn, greens, beans, yams, cabbage, or whatever else Mama has cooked up for the day.

Next time I think I will bring the whole thing home and split it with my wife. I’m pretty much useless after a meal like that if I try to conquer it by myself. And how can you go wrong with Kool-Aid? Its one of those things that you would never be caught drinking while out with your buddies, but Mama makes everyone drink Kool-Aid, and it’s a nice nostalgic flashback. It’s also funny to see all your buddies with Kool-Aid mustaches.

If you have never had soul food you are missing out on a passionate art form, tasty food, and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Go visit mama, but bring a big appetite!

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  • kurt says:
    January 29th, 2008 at 12:44 am   

    Thanks for finding places like this. Sounds great!

  • Danielle says:
    January 30th, 2008 at 2:55 pm   

    Yeah, that’s my Pastor and his wife, but what you don’t realize is the wife isn’t the one who cooks, it’s the Pastor who cooks and he can get down. He gets down in the kitchen and on the church pulpit, and yes they are the nicest people that you could ever meet and also my sister can braid some hair to go along with the restaurant so they got it all around. Come visit them at Mama E’s and at DAP. They both are the bomb.

  • Kenya Newton says:
    January 31st, 2008 at 1:37 pm   

    Yes, Mamma E’s has great food at affordable prices. There is always something new at Mamma E’s. Pastor Keith also caters private parties, weddings, and family reunions. So, when you want food that Good to the Soul, call Mamma E’s @ 424-0800

  • ShaDellia says:
    January 31st, 2008 at 2:42 pm   

    Mama E’s has a wonderful menu selection and it’s made fresh daily. I know God has great plans for Pastor Patterson’s restaurant as well as his ministry of deliverance and praise.

  • Stephanie Patterson says:
    January 31st, 2008 at 9:19 pm   

    Never judge a building by its looks, because once you taste the food you will be hooked.

  • Charles E. Tate says:
    March 26th, 2008 at 12:32 pm   

    The food is simply delicious. The environment is friendly and has a family feel to it. The staff are outgoing and work hard to make sure the dining experience is great as well. If you want a taste of heaven just go to Mama E’s and you wont be disappointed.

  • Fred Demerson says:
    May 9th, 2008 at 4:55 pm   

    This is my best friend and his wife. He has always been able to cook. Im very proud of him and his wife and wish them great success. The food is GREAT ! ! !

  • Ryan says:
    May 18th, 2008 at 10:12 am   

    The staff at Mama E’s was very polite and attentive. The food was very reasonably priced, especially considering how delicious and fresh the fare. We will definitely be going back in the near future.

  • Drew says:
    May 23rd, 2008 at 7:04 pm   

    Plain and simple Mama E’s is one of the best places you can eat in the metro. It may not be the most attractive location or area of town but those who venture out of their comfort zone are in for an incredible surprise. The fried chicken is incredible, the portions are enormous and the free kool aid ties the whole meal together just the way it should. Do not miss this diamond in the rough.

  • Derek says:
    June 27th, 2008 at 1:37 pm   

    My wife and I caught a late lunch and as we left at 1:45 pm, the line was still almost to the door. For good reason, the food and atmosphere at Mama E’s is like no other dining experience. The Soul Food Daily Special portions are huge, but I would recommend ordering off the menu for the true Soul Food experience of fried food. All of the staff is extremely friendly and welcoming, so don’t feel intimidated at all. Also, I don’t know what they do to the Kool-Aid, but it is better than I remember as a kid.

    I’ve literally “drank the Kool-Aid” as a new Mama E’s fan!!!

  • Curtis says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 2:43 pm   

    Praise The Lord for Mama E’s!
    Great People! Great Food!
    Soul food at its best. The wings and waffles are on point! And the daily special may be 9.95, but its at least 2 meals – so worth it.
    The trip from Norman will be a regular event.

    Mama E is definitely looking down with a smile.

  • Alisa Hicklin says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 3:39 pm   

    I just ate there today for the first time. It was SO great. I had the special, which came with fried pork chops, chicken and dressing, macaroni and cheese, black-eyed peas, cornbread, cake, and Kool-aid, of course! It was FANTASTIC! Every bit of it!

    It’s a bit of a drive from Norman, but it’s well worth the trip. Plus the people are so friendly!

  • Charlene C. Imholz says:
    July 10th, 2008 at 6:36 pm   

    Did you ever want to leave Arkansas and drive 7 hours to a restaurant in Oklahoma City because of its review from a trustworthy critic? A few more items dumped in my bag, I’m on my way to the shady zone in Oklahoma City! No snacks for me in route….I’ll be ready.

  • Stacey says:
    July 12th, 2008 at 9:01 pm   

    OMGoodness! Off the Hook! That’s Mama E’s.
    I went on Thursday with one daughter and went back on Friday with the other daughter! This is indeed be a regular diner for our family for sure. Listen, I can cook soul food very well, but when you are short on time and that craving hits…you know the place to go…Mama E’s!

  • Steven Dunn says:
    August 1st, 2008 at 11:50 am   

    One of the best eating experiences I have ever had. I just got back to work and had to post my thoughts; I’ve never been so satisified and tired. The people working there are wonderful, and the food is just as amazing. Prices are more than reasonable. I think I found my new favorite place in OKC.

  • Heather says:
    August 1st, 2008 at 12:00 pm   

    I kept seeing the Mama E’s signs by the side of the road that promised good home cooking! I was not disappointed!!! The restaurant is tiny and I can see why it was voted “shady restaurant of the month.” But I’ll tell you what, my five co-workers and I left fat and happy! The best mac and cheese I have had in a long time! The owners and staff were very hospitable. I’ll be back for sure…however, it may not be until I loose the 5 lbs I gained while eating there!!

  • Cindy says:
    August 1st, 2008 at 1:11 pm   

    My mom used to make stewed tomatoes with okra. It was my favorite. Mama E’s makes it just like mom’s and possibly better. I’m a vegetarian, so I ate a bunch of side dishes, but I left there so full, I was in pain. Yum.

  • John says:
    August 3rd, 2008 at 11:56 am   

    You will not regret going to this place. The food is delicious and the staff is great!

  • Bryan H. says:
    August 6th, 2008 at 1:20 pm   

    I just got back from lunch and all I can say is I ate way too much! The food was awesome and the staff were very friendly. I sure felt welcome and will surely be going back soon!

  • Kevin says:
    October 5th, 2008 at 9:27 am   

    A project I’m involved with is not terribly far from Mamma E’s. I recently decided my first trip post-project completion will be the short drive over to Mamma E’s. I think I might stay til they throw me out.

  • Andrew says:
    November 27th, 2008 at 11:01 pm   

    Ate here a few days ago and got the neckbone and pigs feet. Pretty tasty. Glad to get to meet Pastor Keith as well. What a nice guy!

  • Maneki Neko says:
    December 24th, 2008 at 11:41 am   

    Mama E’s is a real treat. The staff is very friendly and attentive. The menu has a little something for everyone, even if you don’t eat a lot of meat. I usually get the fried catfish (excellent, and HUGE) and they make best collard greens I’ve ever had. The prices are definitely reasonable considering the quality and quantity of food. I’m not usually a fan of oversized portions, but when the food is this good I love to take the leftovers for later!

  • Mike Terry says:
    January 15th, 2009 at 3:31 pm   

    I’m always looking for “off-the-beaten-path” eateries. Even the ones with average food were enjoyable for the experience alone…but Mama E’s provided my two friends and me with the great experience along with great food. There’s a time and a place for a fancy steakhouse and there’s a time and a place for a laid-back, down-home, well-seasoned meal…Mama E’s provides the latter…I felt relaxed and completely at ease from the moment I walked in. My only disappointment is that I neglected to ask who “Mama E” was…

  • BATMAN says:
    February 13th, 2009 at 12:36 pm   

    I came in @ 2,
    was out by 3.
    with a smile on face,
    as happy as could be.

    There’s no nicer folks,
    There’s no better food.
    The best ribs Ive had,
    While eatin in d’hood

    I’m not going to beg ya,
    But I will say PLEASE
    Giver yourself a present,
    And dine @Mamma E’s

  • K Jr. says:
    March 7th, 2009 at 11:51 am   

    It’s a beast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ANGEL A. says:
    March 17th, 2009 at 10:03 pm   


  • Meredith says:
    April 4th, 2009 at 8:01 am   

    This place is GREAT!!!! Fabulous food and wonderful hospitality. After growing up in the DEEP south, this is as close to a ‘home-cooked’ meal you can ask for! Everything is seasoned to perfection. You can’t miss with any of their choices (the mac and cheese is to DIE for!!!) TRY IT OUT!!!

  • Craig says:
    April 23rd, 2009 at 12:55 pm   

    OK, here’s the deal. You may drive by the joint, one side of their sign blew down and it hasn’t been put back up. But you better turn around! Duane and i went there for the first time today, i’m 6’3″ and 285 and he’s the same height a little broader. we both are now uncomfortable at our desks wanting to find a couch. but our taste buds are still stimulated from the tasty and filling soul food menu items. i had neck bones, catfish, okra and tomatoes, cabbage and yams. he had catfish, baked chicken, yams, greens, and mac and cheese; both came with cake and Kool-aid. What a lunch! we asked if they had cots, it wasn’t the first time they heard that. They invited us back and to their revival going on next door at the church. please try it out, we will be back (next week) and i know you will too.

  • Bill says:
    June 4th, 2009 at 10:39 pm   

    Maybe it’s because my two older sisters went to Nofeas’ high school, but I didn’t find this location all that shady. Neither was the clientele — lots of bougie white folk. But the food was good — although my brother and I started to get a little nervous as the lady listed the meat options, until she got to fried catfish and chicken. My brother pretty much polished off all of his double order of fried chicken, but this is the only man on the planet who can single-handedly spend five dollars at Taco Bell. I ate what I could and brought the remainder home for later. Inevitably, the crust on the catfish had wilted a bit, but it was still good. Lucky me, I’m trying to gain weight.

  • RedGlowX0X0 says:
    June 22nd, 2009 at 7:33 pm   

    Sounds great guys, gotta try this place soon! Can’t wait to see it on the Food Network’s Diners Drive-ins and Dives (know Guy went there, hoping they’ll air it)

  • Derek Bell says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 12:00 pm   

    Derek Bell…

    An interesting post by a bloger made me ……

  • Chris J. says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 12:53 pm   

    Had Mama E’s for lunch today. Went with the Mega-Meal Special (used to be the Soul Food Special), for $10.95 + tax. Enjoyed Fried Catfish, Fried Chicken, Shells & Cheese, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Collard Greens & Cornbread. The cornbread was amazing. The potatoes and gravy were amazing. The catfish was amazing.

    - 4 Stars

  • Kesha & Flava says:
    June 30th, 2009 at 5:34 pm   

    Heard about Mama E’s by word of mouf..and was not disappointed!! loved it so much that I went back the next day and treated my mom Flava to a meal. Coming from Norman it may seem like a stretch, but as long as the camry runs, hmph i’ll be there and Flava will too. Thanx Mama!!

  • David Martinez says:
    July 29th, 2009 at 1:38 pm   

    I never commented on anything on the web, until now, I seen Mama E’s on the food network…
    This place is for real one of the best places I have ever eaten at, the staff was great, the food was above and beyond good…so I am now going to be a new regular, and bring friends with…

  • Scotty says:
    August 7th, 2009 at 12:08 pm   

    C’est vraiment scrump-diddly-umptious! You gotta try this place.

  • Clint says:
    August 13th, 2009 at 8:09 pm   

    My mother and grandmother drove in from near Fort Smith to visit me here in OKC, and they were very excited to try Mama’s cookin’. Those ladies in there were so sweet, but the real deal was, after my mother started eating, she suddenly got misty-eyed and before we left, said, “I need to go talk to this lady over here”. She told her that this cooking tasted like her mother-in-law’s cooking, who had been dead for 20 years, which gave me a total “Aha!” moment remembering my other grandmother and Sunday dinners at her house. It was uncanny, really. Well anyway, there were hugs all around (incl. the cook!), the perfect cap to an awesome and evocative lunch.

    This is old, traditional Southern food that both black AND white people (that was us!) can celebrate today. Mama E’s participates in tradition and roots like very few restaurants I have ever patronized. This is where it’s at, and one of the few places truly worth all the hype.

  • Joey says:
    August 16th, 2009 at 12:48 am   

    I live in South Carolina and I really want to find a reason to get to OK just for to go to this place.

  • shayla says:
    August 16th, 2009 at 2:44 pm   

    I just saw MamaE’s on the food network….let me tell you, my mouth literally watered as I watched Pastor prepare the chicken and waffles. UMMMMMM!!!!!!! I live in Texas, but I immediately went to the internet and found out where MamaE’s was located. I am going to talk my husband into taking a drive there. Call me crazy but it ain’t nothing like some soul food. As soon as my husband has time off work, we are going to make that 3 hour drive down there to get some of those famous Chicken and Waffles…OMG! I can’t wait, see you soon:)

  • Linda says:
    August 22nd, 2009 at 9:58 am   

    If we did’nt live here,I’d move just to eat at MAMA E”S!! What a experience and that was before I took my first bite~never have we been welcomed like this, I felt like we were the most special customers they had ever had~but no, everyone was treated the same way!!!
    Now, on to the food-blessed by the food gods, that’s for sure! The chicken wings and waffle~the most amazing thing I have ever had,no joke!! I all but licked the syrofoam box-must display a certain amount of decorum!! There was nothing left but bones on those wings though!!
    Husband had the buffet! GOOD GRIEF!Catfish,Chicken and Dressing,Greens,Mac and Cheese,Okra and Tomatoes,Corn Bread,and Chocolate Cake! He was in a food coma with a huge smile on his face. Now, I suppose you might find food as good,not better elsewhere, but NO WAY will you find somewhere that you will want to come back to just to feel good because you came! These people are the real deal!!!Mama E’s puts HEART AND SOUL into every dish!!!

  • Wimpy says:
    August 25th, 2009 at 3:05 pm   

    I had lunch at MamaE’s today I had Catfish and Neckbones for the meats and for the sides I had okra and tomato,collard greens,mashed potatos,cornbread and kool-aid to drink. Everything was served piping hot and all was delicious. The catfish was seasoned and cooked perfectly! I will go back for sure, next time I want to try fried chicken and also want to try pork chops they looked really good. Good service very friendly staff also nice and clean keep up the good work!!!

  • JR says:
    September 5th, 2009 at 8:32 pm   

    Took a day of annual leave to visit this place…..Great food, great service, Mac and cheese was the bomb, great baked chicken and dressing, fried cat fish to die for….and nothings better than the koolaid and choclate cake…..My daughter and I will be back….Keep up that great service and southern hospitality…look forward to seeing you soon…jr

  • Deborah Hart says:
    October 6th, 2009 at 1:00 pm   

    I have just had one of the best lunches that I’ve had at Mama E’s. Me and a few ladies at my job all tried it for the first time and it was soooooooooo soooooooooo good. We all have never had anything this good since our grandmother’s cooking. Thank you all at Mama E’s for bringing some true SOULFUL SOUL FOOD COOKING to our city. We are all looking forward to trying the Chicken & Waffles next time. Thanks Again and God Bless Mama E’s.

  • Sharon Jama says:
    October 6th, 2009 at 2:03 pm   


  • Kevin says:
    October 12th, 2009 at 7:46 pm   

    If you are interested in seeing Mama E’s on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network), it’s replaying again this weekend:

    Friday, Oct 16th — 8:30 p.m.
    Saturday, Oct 17th — 11:30 a.m.
    Sunday, Oct 18th — 2:30 p.m.

    Watch, enjoy and then go EATS YA SOME!

  • Andrea says:
    October 21st, 2009 at 3:59 pm   

    I was looking at the Food network on tv this past weekend, they were talking about this place that sold waffles and wings, never in my life had heard of this so i had to watch.Just looking at it on the TV really made me want to try it.I told my daughter as we watched, that this place will grow and succeed in a BIG way!Keep up the good work there, and keep that good food a cooking.God Bless.

  • Darren says:
    November 13th, 2009 at 9:24 pm   

    Keith and Stephanie Patterson are amazing people. I cannot wait to try some Mama E’s!

  • Sam says:
    November 18th, 2009 at 9:18 pm   

    Just dined here last night and must say I was very happy. However, I just want to update some info here:

    The 2 meat, 3 side combo price went up $1 to $10.95. I think the chicken and waffles was like $12, but I can’t remember for sure, my mind was so zoned out on the food.

    Oh and they accept MC, VISA and Discover…unlike most other shady places that only accept cash.

    My only real complaint about the place is how much trash they produce. All food is served in styrofoam containers and plastic utensils. There’s not a dish or piece of china or silverware to be found. Sure it’s easier to clean up, but unfortunate how much waste every meal produces even for people dining in.

    Ok, off my soap box. I definitely think the chicken and waffles were money since it’s served freshly cooked. The other meats, if not served fresh from the deep fryer quickly becomes dry and soggy. Either way, it’s artery clogging goodness!

  • Eating The Road says:
    November 20th, 2009 at 9:34 am   

    I loved MaMa E’s!

  • Francesca Thomas says:
    May 25th, 2010 at 9:29 am   

    Love it Love it Love it. I can hear all the so called “experts” telling us everything wrong with this kind of eatin. This is what you call an occasion place. A place to go when you want to kick back unnotch the belt a little relax and enjoy. Would I eat this way everday? Perhaps not. But when I plan to dine at this fine establishment I want the full monty and no holding back. The Lord wants and expects you to treat yourself once in awhile to break the monotony of hard days at work. SO ENJOY!!!

  • Wimpy says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 4:32 pm   

    Good news about Mama E’s, they now have a downtown location at Reno & Classen, the same good food, at a location that will be handier for many.
    My wife and I tried it a few weeks ago and it was very good,I had the wings and waffles for the first time and I don’t think it will be the last they were delish !

  • Kaylee says:
    November 15th, 2010 at 1:51 pm   

    Ate here today at the Reno location. Very good food, the catfish and sweet potatoes were delicious! It was a ton of food, but everything i had was yummy!

  • Alan says:
    March 13th, 2011 at 3:36 pm   

    I have eaten at Mama E’s several times and the food is good. However I have noticed a continual slide in the quality of the service and respect for the customer . I went there today and along with 10 other people waited well past 1:30 the advertised opening time and no one showed up to open the doors or to say they would not be serving today. I felt that if it was important enough to post the opening time “someone” should have been there to greet the customer who waited. There was a woman there with her wheel chair bound Mother That I told to check and see if there was any activity before lifting her out of the car and having to lift her back in; There was no activity at all !. The cost of a meal at mama E’s is around $11.00 per customer and while I waited well over $100.00 drove off and went elsewhere for their Sunday meal. I (along with those others will now have to decide to got to brick town or chance that Mama E’s has opened going forward. The food is good but there are other reliable place to eat.

  • Kevin says:
    April 22nd, 2012 at 4:32 am   

    We selected Mama’s for lunch yesterday. Knowing the food would be fresh and piping hot and having a limited lunch space available made for an easy choice.

    Although their prices are up from times past, we each enjoyed a tasty one meat, one side platter, complete with cake and oh so sweet kool-aid. We were out the door quickly, happy, and well fed for under 15.00 including sales tax and tip

    I enjoyed the pork chop and yams. My lovely enjoyed her catfish and cabbage. I would usually eat a larger meal for lunch but we had early dinner plans so a light lunch was the order of the day.

    Yum city today!

  • Elaine says:
    August 22nd, 2012 at 11:57 am   

    This food was soooooooo bad, to salty and over cooked. I will never recommend this place to anyone i know.

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