Although the north side of Bibb County has had a rally of new restaurant openings, the south side has not been able to reach first base. That shutout has ended with an exceptional new restaurant that recently opened in the Oakview Country Club called Momma’s Boy Kitchen.
If you don’t use GPS, this eatery will be easy to miss. While driving down Harley Bridge Road from I-75, and shortly before reaching Houston Road, you’ll come across the Oakview subdivision and golf community. Make a left and drive through the subdivision until you come across the Oakview Clubhouse, where the main road terminates. Although it is part of the Oakview Country Club, you do not have to be a member to eat in the restaurant.
Executive Chef D’Andre Faison and his wife, Nichola, opened their doors on April 5th, They have tailored the menu to serve home-style Southern cooking with additional influences from creole and cajun food traditions. The name is in honor of D’Andre’s mother, Samatha, who is the inspiration for the cuisine.
My first experience was dinner, where I had the New Orleans dirty rice. This entree comes with a skewer of grilled shrimp on a bed of rice infused with the flavor of ground sausage, peppers, and mushrooms and finally topped with a Cajun butter sauce. Every bite was an explosion of well-blended flavor that made cleaning the plate an obligation, rather than a mere desire. Rounding out this offering, it was served with a side of steamed asparagus, which replaced the usual selection of Southern-style black-eyed peas.
Another item we tried was the Cajun salmon. The fish was fresh and not at all fishy. It was cooked to a texture you expect from the hands of a skilled chef, flakey and tender with a slightly buttery texture. Outside the flesh was seared to a golden brown with a coating of Cajun spices to add a hint of heat. This was then served on a bed of dirty rice as described above, with a side of asparagus artfully arranged over the top.
On my second trip, I stopped by to try the lunch menu. There is often a special of the day, but the regular menu has a few tasty looking options. I chose the Triple B, which stands for “Barry Bell Burger.” I have had some excellent burgers in my life, but this one has to be on the shortlist for the best.
Chef D’Andre takes an 8oz beef patty, grills it to your specification, medium in my case, then adds his signature tomato jam, smoked mayonnaise, a boatload of bacon, pickles and your choice of cheese. I added a little mustard, but it arrives ready to eat. The smokiness of the bacon with the slightly sweet and spicy zing of the tomato jam meld with the beef to create a masterpiece you cannot put down. It was served with parmesan cheese seasoned fries, but I was too busy devouring the burger to eat them until I finished the task at hand.
The atmosphere leans on the casual and perhaps a little dated, but the food is all the atmosphere you need. Service is friendly, and you can see that both the Faisons take a great deal of pride in the product and service they offer at Momma’s Boy Kitchen. Alcohol is available, but hard liquor is not available as of yet. Since it is newly opened, they are also working on expanding their menu and figuring out how best to serve their customers. I cannot wait to see what else is in store.
Momma’s Boy Kitchen is located at 128 Oakview Club Drive in the Oakview Country Club off Hartley Bridge Road. They are open for breakfast and lunch on Tuesday through Saturday from 8 AM to 3 PM and for dinner until 9 PM on Thursday and Friday. Thursday night is family night at Momma’s Boy Kitchen, and children under 12 eat free from the children’s menu.
If you are headed there, give them a call at (478) 785-1833 to find out about their daily specials or look them up on Facebook for up-to-date information on their catering services and other event services. They are having a limited special dinner for Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 12, and you can find out more about the event online.