Big Mama's

Trip Start May 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Maine
Saturday, December 31, 2005

I've been going to Big Mama's for years now, and it's always been one of my favorites. Located next to Amigo's Bar on Dana Street, right off of Commercial Street on the waterfront, Big Mama's hosts an eclectic crowd depending on the time of day.

The occasion of this entry is the introduction of a new item to their menu -- the Giant Breakfast Sandwich! So without further ado:

MICHELLE orders: The Giant Breakfast Sandwich!!! Available with double meat or tomatoes (my choice), two eggs and double cheese on a jumbo english muffin. Homefries included! Verdict: PERFECT! Exactly what I've been looking for all my life in my breakfast sandwiches. A delicious oversized english muffin, two fried eggs with cheese. King of a Big Mac of egg sandwiches, layered thusly: english muffin half, egg, cheese, tomato, egg, cheese, tomato, english muffin half. Yum. Cooked just right.

TRISTAN orders: The Big Mama's Breakfast Burrito! A classic favorite with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, salsa, green peppers and onions wrapped in a burrito. (Also available with chorizo.) Plus a blueberry pancake. Verdict: Delicious as always!

Overview: Big Mama's is a good and simple place to have breakfast or lunch. They serve breakfast from opening to closing. The prices are reasonable and for a diner the food is nicely un-greasy. The waitresses, many of whom have been there for as long as I can remember, are friendly and steady workers, despite the often hectic pace of the crowds.

The menu has just enough selections, mixed with their daily board specials, to keep us coming back over and over again, unlike some more specialized local breakfast eateries. Some of our favorites include their Raspberry Pancakes, the aforementioned Breakfast Burrito, and their Greek Scramble which has a nice mix of feta, olives, spinach, and scrambled eggs. Yummy. They have homebaked muffins in a number of flavors most days, and soups, too.

The seating ranges from tables with padded chairs to booths to counter stools. There is always a flurry of newspaper sections available to read.

The atmosphere is just right. There's a great piece of mural art behind the counter showing a nice range of customer types from a bygone era (early 90s?) portraying in a hybrid realistic/caricature style. Very Portland, Maine. The back wall sports no less than 13 clocks, ranging from Zippy the Pinhead to Elmo, to Elvis, to Ozzy. In the past there have been noisy train and bird clocks as well. The walls around the diner have an excellent selection of old photos (strange imagery from amusement parks, races, contests, and tourist attractions, etc) and vintage kitchen paraphernalia. There is a Velvet Elvis in residence.

The exterior is very unassuming. Sharing the same light slate-blue painted wood siding with Amigo's Bar, it has a fun handpainted sign overhead, and most days they prop a markerboard with the day's specials outside by the door. Don't pass it by!!!
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