Big Mammas Home Cooking Bar & Restaurant opens in Missouri City

A new southern house-style restaurant by former Houston Oilers coach O’Neill Gilbert will hold its grand opening April 23 at 8731 Hwy. 6 in Missouri City.

Big Mammas home cooking bar and restaurant takes a major step by moving from its existing food truck to its first physical restaurant, currently in the soft-opening phase. The menu includes familiar comfort foods such as fried chicken, smothered chicken, fried pork chops, smothered pork chops, turkey wings, country fried steak, beef tips, turkey necks, grilled oysters, meatloaf, oxtail pasta, blackened salmon, kidney beans, seafood. okra and hot water cornbread. The new restaurant will allow Big Mammas to increase their menu options.

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The restaurant, named after Gilbert’s grandmother, grew out of the Big Mammas Cooking on Wheels food truck, established in Missouri City in 2013. The original Big Mammas Fine Foods restaurant opened 23 years ago in the Gilbert’s hometown of Monroe, Louisiana. He is still active.

Big Mommas has been Gilbert’s passion since leaving professional sports. He played for Texas A&M University in the late 80s and later served on the Houston Oilers coaching staff, followed by linebacker coaching for the Tennessee Titans.

“Opening a business is the ultimate test of athleticism, like in any sport you play, the only thing you can control is your effort,” said Carrington Gilbert, Gilbert’s daughter and restaurant general manager. “This legacy will continue through the generations of our family, as the fourth generation of ‘Big Mammas’ children will now lead the restaurateurs. This new restaurant will allow us to be part of the Missouri City community in so many more ways, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

The grand opening of Big Mammas will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Greg Morago writes about food for the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Send him topical tips at [email protected] Listen to him on our BBQ State of Mind podcast to learn more about barbecue culture in Houston and Texas.

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