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Mama Josephine's

Map & Directions 4000 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
  • Comfort Foods, Southern
  • Tue-Thu 11am-2:30pm, Fri 7:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm
  • MasterCard, Visa, Discover, cash, ATM/Debit
  • Catering, Kid Friendly, Order Online, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
  • None
  • Not Accepted
  • Free, Street


Riverfront Times' Description

Mama Josephine is owner Mary Samuelson's dear departed mother, and the recipes at this small, charming restaurant in the Shaw neighborhood are hers. This is home cookin', by way of Louisiana and with a nod to Italy. The lasagna is eight layers high, with a sauce simmered for eight hours that you will praise eight ways to Sunday. The chicken is pan-fried for a crisp, flavorful crust, and the meat loaf is as dense as the St. Louis humidity. Sides include vibrantly yellow mac & cheese, turnip greens and fried corn.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Riverfront Times on 11/15/10

    RFT Best of St. Louis Winner - Best Neighborhood Restaurant

  • Go! Magazine on 01/06/11

    Comfort food? Yes, please. Mama's seemingly bottomless bowl of chicken and dumplings, full of dense but delicate dumplings, is best eaten with a big spoon. (Betha Whitlow)

  • Tammi M. on 07/31/11

    The meatloaf is just like mama used to make! The banana pudding was awesome! Mary is super friendly. Can't wait to go back and try the chicken n dumplings.

  • Mary S. on 04/01/10

    Try the lemon tart pie - little slice of sunshine!

  • Brooks on 02/08/14

    If you're looking for something less sweet, ask for the cornbread fritter. :-). It's a favorite...

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