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Mama’s Changes Hours, Revamps Menu

Mama’s 39th Street Diner is a go-to place fairly close to where I live. The menu is large, varied and relatively dependable so I often pop in when I need a quick, unpretentious bite to eat.

However, the hours advertised on Yelp, Facebook and large, etched letters on the front window are incorrect.

Unlike the all-night Nichols Lunch which gloriously occupied the spot for many years, Mama’s seem content to be a breakfast and lunch joint.

When I popped in for breakfast this past weekend, I found the menu to be redesigned and somewhat scaled back from the monster menu that preceded it. Gone are all the specialty omelets which are replaced by a build-your-own system. Each meal is seemingly smaller in choice, but you can still get corned beef hash, meatloaf, reubens and pancakes. Honestly since they don’t have a website with the menu posted it’s hard to compare the old and new menus. However, the character of the place is virtually unaltered and I suspect this is merely an effort to streamline their operation.

The hostess mentioned that they are experimenting with staying open late on weekends, presumably to cash in on the Westport bar crowd. Apparently, if the place is busy, they will stay open if not, they will close up at 9 p.m. as indicated on the sign. I’ve never much cared for this loosey-goosey approach to one’s hours but it might work for late nights.

Anyhow, changes are afoot at Mama’s but it appears to be thriving particularly on weekend mornings. Just keep the new hours in mind when paying a visit.

Sunday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Meat and Bread: The Brisket Sandwich from D’Bronx

D’Bronx on Bell is a place that would be right at home in a college town. The menu is large, varied and affordable. The vibe is casual and even playful, and the food is good.


If you dig deeper into the menu than their decent approximation of New York style pizza, you can find some very nice items. For instance the brisket sandwich which consists of chunks of tender braised beef, deli style mustard and nothing else.

Brisket sandwich

It takes some balls to put a sandwich like this on your menu. And I love it. Something about a sandwich comprised of just meat and bread allows the ingredients to speak for themselves. No cheese, no tomato, no lettuce, no cole slaw, no caramelized onions–just tender chopped beef and good mustard. Like the best corned beef sandwiches at a Jewish deli, you don’t need anything else.