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Mama Lee's Soul Food
Ranked #2,555 of 5,108 Restaurants in San Antonio
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Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Great food!! Love the chicken and the pork chops! They have a variety of desserts worth trying all of them. It's absolutely delicious!

Date of visit: November 2015
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

In general, soul food or home cooking places should be fairly easy to run as there are a thousand diners in the Northeast and chains like Cracker Barrel that offer basic home southern cooking at reasonable prices. Mama Lee's could be one of these places with some changes but right now is hit and miss. First, the website lists two locations, however there is only this one in San Antonio and the hours and days of the week are wrong as they are NOT open on Sundays, as I went by last week for Sunday ham. It is rather bare inside and mostly looks like a take-out place. I went on Friday to ensure at least a somewhat busy night and food turnover, but the place only had one guy running the front and the dining room which was just too much for one person so service was poor and unattentive. The decor was very plain and one wonders why the owners did not at least take some of the decor from their other location and put it here as it is plain and sparse. At least put up a tv or have music or a few posters on the walls. The second biggest problem is that the restaurant seems to be out of a lot of items even on on Friday night which should never happen. The weekends are your busy nights so this is when you should have plenty of food and service. For the appetizer, I too tried the gumbo and agree with past reviews that it was watered down beef broth with chicken and small bones (I almost chocked on those) and some sausage. The gumbo had a strong gumbo salt seasoning but it really needed some more onion, celery, tomato, and rice, and okra. It is definately a pass. However, another table had the chicken wings and they were piled high and looked great so maybe try them. This place does not offer salads so on to the entrees. I sampled the fried porkchops, the catfish, and the fried chicken on the meats side. The porkchop was a bit dry, but the catfish was awesome. Hot, fresh and very tasty. Some of the best in San Antonio, no lie!! The fried chicken was also above average, tasty and fresh and not greasy with some flavor. They were out of meatloaf, but they claim that it is their most popular meat. The real disappointment is on the sides and the bread. They do serve one cornbread with each plate, but they need rolls or a basket option. They also need butter at the table and maybe some sauces like BBQ for the chicken as it would solve the dryness and add variety. The sdie dishes were very inconsistent and very limited. The mashed potatoes were a mix of real and instant but didn't taste fresh but reheated, gravy was very watery. Cabbage was very good, just like home. Mac and cheese was not cheesy and gooey but dry and reheated, and the string beans were way too salty and uneatable, tasted like a bag of salt had been dumped in and no ham hock. They had no okra, no cole slaw, no pinto beans, no squash, no dumplings or potatoe salad and they even had run out of french fries, how?? HEB is across the street, go get some!!! Their dessert options were chocolate or lemon cake--no pies like apple, cherry, coconut or sweet potatoe, not even ice cream for the kids. GO TO HEB and get some, how hard is that, they sell blue bell. The chocolate cake tasted like the same cake from Sam's Club, no lie, so it was good but it was not homemade, like a cracker barrel or a real soul food place. They also do not offer po boys like shrimp or pork BBQ so rather disappointing. This place if it took even a few of these suggestions and offered more food choices and had better service could probably make a killing as this food category is way underserved and the food portions are large and are a good value as long as you are using a groupon or other coupon or special. Also, I would love to see ribs there as well. Right now, it seems to be a business on life support and is very hit or miss. You can get some good food here I believe but you have to choose carefully and go the right nights or get there early in the day. I will probably try it again to see if it gets better so I'll keep you posted.

Date of visit: November 2013
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Reviewed 31 July 2013 via mobile

How can they call this soul food? I've had better at fast food restaurants. The gumbo was disgusting. I couldn't eat it. It had no flavor, was watered down, and had no okra. That's absurd! Meat loaf was dry. Only thing I enjoyed was their canned corn.

Date of visit: July 2013
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Thank Vanaiden
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