Downtown diners may have noticed Your Mama’s Good Food has closed at its current location, 402 S. Louisiana St. But it is reopening Monday, Dec. 6, in its new quarters, the former location of the Blue Plate Special, which closed earlier this year, on Fourth Street, less than a block away and around the corner from Your Mama’s longtime home.
A couple of Times diners waxed nostalgic during Clinton week and happened by Your Mama’s hoping some of the old campaign heads who frequented there in 1992 — namely the ragin’ Cajun, James Carville — would also be reliving old times. None of the old Clintonites were there, but we did notice some new, nice prices on the plate lunches (two meats, two veggies for $5.99) that owner Barbara Stockman will carry over to her new locale, at 220 W. Fourth St., next door to the Downtown Deli. In its new and expanded space, Stockman says, Your Mama’s will add grilled items to its menu and will begin serving breakfast after the first of the new year.
UNDERGROUND PUB It’s been awhile since we visited the Underground Pub for anything more substantial than libation, so on a brisk weekday recently, we decided to drop in for lunch. As we had hoped, they had the fire going on the hearth, which always makes us feel warmer somehow, even if sit far enough away that the actual heat never reaches us. The menu warmed our outlook as well. We were happy to find that the fare includes a white cheese dip, spicy enough to make our currently-challenged noses run and a quantum leap beyond the Velvetta and Rotel concoctions you usually find downtown. From a slate of big ol’ sammiches, Companion tried the Buckingham: ham, Swiss cheese, and a flavorful Dijon butter sauce severed grilled on a onion roll. Meanwhile, Yours Truly went for the bleu cheese burger, a slab of well-seasoned and perfectly cooked ground round, with scads of blue cheese, red onion, tomato and bacon on a soft Kaiser roll. Both were fine and hit the spot perfectly on a cold day. And for under 25 bucks for both plus drinks and tip — not to mention our brief reprieve from Old Man Winter by the fire — we’re sure to be going Underground again in the near future. Underground Pub, 500 President Clinton Ave., Museum Center, 707-2537. LD Mon.-Sat. $-$$ CC Full bar.
DON VICCI’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE This dependable spot with Italian and American fare has changed up the ordering process: No longer do you line up and order at the counter, then let them bring the food to you, but rather you are seated like any regular restaurant, and you choose from a large and reasonably priced menu that features salads, sandwiches, many pastas and more. Like the Soprano family, we’ve always enjoyed the baked ziti, which we ordered this visit. The noodles and tomato sauce are covered with lots of cheese and baked until the cheese is melted all around. The Don gives you a ton of ziti to dine on, all in a huge bowl, along with a couple of pieces of buttered garlic bread. The menu featured a sandwich — the veal parmigiana — that we will get the next time, especially if our dining guest gets the ziti and lets us have a bite. 211 W. Capitol Ave., 372-3700. BLD Mon.-Fri. $-$$ CC No alcohol. Limited delivery available.
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