My daughter had been away at camp and even though my son was busy with his activities as well, we always take advantage of some Mommy/son time while she’s away. I was trying to think of a lunch place he would like that he hadn’t been to and thanks to twitter, Good Morning Mama’s came up. We never go on the weekends because it is oppressively busy (good for them) but midweek, we got in no problem (although it was still pretty busy).
I ordered their Panini grilled cheese ($5.99) which had two kind of cheese (cheddar and Swiss, tomato, and I added bacon for $1.00. I am a sucker for a Panini grilled sandwich—I think just because it makes it thinner and easier to eat. Also it tends to melt everything pretty well, although when I got my sandwich, it didn’t seem like the cheese was all the way melted. But when I started eating it, it was much better and was meltier than it looked. For my side, on the server’s recommendation, I had the potato salad as my side and it was pretty good. Again, it was the old school kind with chunks of potato, celery, mayo and a bit of egg. I think there was a bit of pickle in there as well. It needed salt and then it was pretty good.
My son loved the kid’s breakfast option, “Nola’s onesie” ($3.99). It comes with one egg (cooked to order), one sausage link, one piece of bacon and one pancake. He got his egg scrambled and practically licked the plate clean other than a little bit of the eggs. He also liked the colorful interior of the place and told me he wished we could go more (we have gone 2-3 times to try to go with the kids and the wait was just too long).
They appear to have changed the menu a bit and taken off some of the things that are not made in house, which I appreciate. I think I heard our server say that most everything is now made in house. I know it will never happen, but my secret dream would be for restaurants to make some special designation of the things that they make themselves.
It’s a pretty straightforward diner-style place with pretty decent food. If we could get in more easily, we’d probably take the kids a fair amount. As it stands, it’s a good simple weekday breakfast or lunch place. I know some of you must frequent this place with as busy as it is….what else is really good here?
Good Morning Mama’s
1001 East 54th Street