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View the Big Mama's Rib Shack, Pasadena Menu

Restaurant: Big Mama’s Rib Shack and Soul Food

Where: 1453 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

Phone: (626) 797-1792

Reservations: Not required

Cocktails: Beer and wine

Service: Full table service

Atmosphere: Casual

Outdoor Dining: No

Credit Cards: MC, AMEX, Visa, Debit Cards with MC/Visa logo

Kid’s Menu: Yes

Senior Discount: No

Food to Go: Yes

Catering Menu: Yes

Price Range: $2 - $16.95, avg. $8 - $11

Darren McWhorter poses with his grandmother's picture

Corn muffins with butter and honey start you off

The Barbecue Combo

2 pieces of Fried Chicken

File' Gumbo, Jambalaya and Hush Puppies are part of the Cajun Combo

Which also includes Chicken and Shrimp Creole

Side orders of mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, red beans

Red velvet cake

Peach cobbler a la mode

 

DOT COM DINING A Look At San Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com

 

Southern and Cajun Cuisine a Treat at Big Mama’s Rib Shack and Soul Food

 

By Bill Coburn

 

Born in Georgia, and later moving to Tennessee, “Big Mama” was raised on soul food and southern cooking.  As grandson Darron McWhorter told me, “She was a small woman, but everyone called her Big Mama.”  Seventy-five years of cooking southern delights, including restaurants in Chattanooga, Las Vegas and Pasadena is a legacy to be proud of.  Big Mama passed on a few years back, but not before passing on her skill in the kitchen to son Dargen McWhorter, who opened the award-winning Big Mama’s Cooking, Inc. in Las Vegas, in 1992Big Mama's in Las Vegas is a five time winner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal's "Best of Las Vegas" award, as well as a three time winner in the Las Vegas Sunset Park Rib Burnoff.  In September of 2002, McWhorter’s children, Darron, Dargetta, Mel and Leslie opened the Pasadena location that is the subject of this review.  Shortly thereafter, they followed in the award winning tradition of their father, being voted Pasadena Weekly’s “2003 Best Southern Restaurant.”

 

Big Mama’s offers true southern cooking, from Po Boy sandwiches and Hush Puppies, to Jambalaya and File’ Gumbo to Ham Hocks, Pig’s Feet, Catfish and Collard Greens.  But they are especially well known for their barbecue.  You can find their complete menu at www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/bigmamas, along with a link to their website, where you can find out more about their history, or use their online form to inquire about catering.  From satisfying buffets to tray passed hors d’oeuvres, they can customize menus while working with varied budgets.

Big Mama’s has an extensive catering menu and is happy to help you with everyday meetings and presentations. For VIP events and larger parties, they can assist you with on-site service, staff and rentals. The Pasadena facility is also available for rent, please call for more information.  Wonderful menus with tailored entrées are often created just for an event.

 

Katie, Keelan and I stopped by the night after Christmas to try Big Mama’s for the first time.  The restaurant is spacious and open, with a comfortable feel.  It was decorated for the holidays, though the decorations were elegant and understated, in keeping with the décor of the restaurant.  While there is a dine-in only kid’s meal available for 12 and under, we chose not to take advantage of it, as we were pretty sure that the food Katie and I were ordering would be sufficient for all three of us.  We made the right choice, as the portions were all of good size, and we ended up taking lots of delicious food home.

 

I ordered the BBQ combo, - 2 pork spareribs, 2 pieces of BBQ chicken, a BBQ hot link, and two pieces of sliced pork or beef (I got the pork).  It comes with two sides; I selected mashed potatoes & gravy and macaroni & cheese.  Katie ordered the Cajun Combo, consisting of Jambalaya (smoked sausage, ham, beef & shrimp mixed with chopped fresh vegetables simmered with rice & Cajun spices), Gumbo (shrimp, imitation crab, smoked sausage, chicken, ham and beef simmered in a Cajun Creole roux with a mixture of Louisiana spices, served in a bowl over rice), and Chicken & Shrimp Creole (smoked diced chicken and shrimp simmered in Creole sauce and poured over rice) served with hush puppies.  For the side order with the Cajun combo, we selected red beans and rice.  We also ordered a couple pieces of fried chicken, as our waitress, Dia (who gave us wonderful service by the way) told us that it was really good, but said it took a little longer as it is made to order.  And we knew Big Mama is quoted on the menu and on the website as saying “Honey, if the Colonel could have fried chicken like Big Mama, he’d have been a general,” so we kind of felt like we needed to try it with a hook like that.

 

Everything was excellent, and I highly recommend Big Mama’s.  The fried chicken was the best I’ve had (maybe the Colonel would have been promoted), the ribs were meaty and tender, the jambalaya, gumbo and shrimp and chicken Creole, spicy and hot.  Made my head sweat, and that’s what I look for in a spicy dish.  Hush puppies were good, as were the corn muffins that started our meal, served with butter and honey.  Mashed potatoes were fluffy.  I truly enjoyed everything we tried on the menu, and as you can see, we tried a lot of different items.

 

But save room for dessert: the peach cobbler and the red velvet cake were delicious, (yes we tried dessert, too) and you can choose from apple cobbler, bread pudding, or even sweet potato pie, if the red velvet cake or peach cobbler don’t suit your fancy.  Cobblers can be ordered a la mode, if desired.

 

Stop by and see the gang at Big Mama’s Rib Shack, and be sure and let them know you read about them in Dot Com Dining.

Bill Coburn is owner of SanGabrielValleyMenus.com, a restaurant website featuring dozens of restaurant’s menus, as well as downloadable coupons.  He has nearly 20 years experience in the restaurant business, and has been eating for much longer than that.

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