Big Momma’s Soul Food Kitchen, a West Louisville institution since 2004, is closing.
Owner Jessie Green is retiring after nearly 20 years, and the restaurant at 4532 W. Broadway near Shawnee Park will be serving her last meal on December 19th.
The menu at the Green’s take-out restaurant at the counter varies by day, but diners can always find soul food classics including fried chicken, smothered pork chops and meatloaf, as well as sides like macaroni. with cheese, mashed potatoes, beans and more.
Big Momma’s is a staple in Louisville, and diners come from across town and neighboring counties to indulge in its soul food cooked in the county. And for good reason.
This is delicious.
Lindsey McClave, Former Courier Journal Food Critic reviewed Big Momma’s in 2017, said: “In a town known for its fried chicken, Big Momma’s catch is worthy of a place at the best table.
“The immediate star was the fried chicken. The large portion of breast and wing we ordered was very juicy and perfectly crisp. The breadcrumbs had just the right amount of seasoning and boasted of crisp edges,” he said. -she writes. “I wouldn’t want my fried chicken any other way.”
The second best dish, according to McClave, was the smothered pork chop, which is “a large serving of tender pork swimming in a bed of black, pepper-rich sauce. The kick of the sauce was pleasantly balanced by the slightly sweet undertone. Mommy’s Big Green Beans Sprinkled with bright yellow corn kernels, I enjoyed the bite the beans retained, a quality often lost when green beans simmer for long periods of time.
And it’s not just a restaurant reviewer singing the praises of Green’s house dishes. They are everyday customers.
On an average Sunday, Big Momma’s Soul Food Kitchen can process eight crates of greens, at least 15 macaroni and cheese platters, and more chunks of chicken than anyone would want to count, the Courier Journal previously reported.
“Sunday has always been our busiest day, always,” Green said previously. “It’s the church crowd. We have a lot of old people who don’t cook and stuff.”
And she gives back too: she cooks free meals for more than 1,000 neighbors every Christmas day.
“My mom was the family cook,” Green, who grew up with 12 siblings, said previously. “We used to go to church on Sundays when we were kids, and my mom had dinner for us. When I got married, it was the same.”
Now Green’s family members work alongside him at Big Momma. And some of his remaining siblings stop by for a Sunday meal.
“This is all family”, Green said previously. “Everyone here is family.”
Giving is part of Green’s soul. It is not unusual for her to put an extra piece of cornbread on a plate or deliver a meal to an elderly neighbor who has difficulty moving around. Since the restaurant opened, her family has grown to include dozens of people in her neighborhood.
“I think I did my duty,” she said. “I have devoted my time to it, I have served a lot of people here, there and everywhere. have connected with a lot of customers here, we are like a second family, i will miss them.
Journalist Bailey Loosemore contributed to this story. Featured reporter Dahlia Ghabour covers food, culinary trends and restaurants in the Louisville area. Send tips on new places or story ideas to [email protected] or follow us on Twitter @dghabour.