Having a parent who loves fried chicken more than anything else can make going out to dinner difficult. Every time I order the dish—even on my own—it’s partly to see if it passes the test.
Mama Bird’s definitely would. The new Texas-style breakfast, barbecue and bird joint in Southern Highlands opened last year and has been on my radar for months. First, I went for the biscuits and gravy—another staple of my youth—and then I returned for the chicken. The eatery itself is small,- but the menu is hefty. I wouldn’t recommend eating here in a rush, but if you’re running on Texas time and have a moment to sit back and appreciate life’s smaller things, Mama Bird is your place.
Try the deviled eggs (three for $5 or six for $9) for a sneak peek of what’s to come. Topped with bacon and oh-my-God-worthy candied jalapeňos, these two-bite apps are the perfect starter. Breakfast includes smoked brisket hash ($14) and pork belly grits ($13), and entrées include salt and pepper smoked brisket ($16-$22) and pecan smoked baby backs ($16-$27). But it’s the chicken that outshines all else. Order boneless breasts, thighs or tenders, or opt for the classic fried chicken sandwich ($14)—a perfectly crisp and moist chicken breast with pickle, tomato, lettuce and a Mississippi-inspired “comeback sauce.” It’s the kind of sandwich so simple and tasty it ticks all the right boxes—for me and my family.
MAMA BIRD 10550 Southern Highlands Parkway #140, 702-570-6135. Thursday-Monday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.