Mama Joyce’s serves up chicken and waffles with a smile
If you’ve been missing chicken and waffles in the Heights since Phil the Fire left Shaker Square a few years ago, check out Mama Joyce’s soul food on Lee Road, which offers carry-out comfort food.
The space, located near Anatolia Café, is petite, but the flavors are mighty. Sample chicken, fish and pork dinners in addition to burgers and Polish Boys; and don’t forget a side (or three), including mac 'n’ cheese, yams, greens, cornbread and more.
When a friend and I visited, we were touched by the hospitality of the staff, who shared how excited they are to open a space in Cleveland Heights because of the warm welcome they received from the community.
The expertly seasoned chicken wings were tender and juicy, and the thick, buttery waffles had a delightful aroma of cinnamon ($6.00). I’ll definitely be back for more. The food kept well in the carryout boxes during our drive home.
The seasoning for the tilapia and waffles pairing was a little on the bland side, but the flesh of the fish was juicy and delicious ($8.00). Other seafood combinations include perch and catfish.
The yams ($3.00) swam in butter and cinnamon, and I couldn’t have been happier. The mac 'n’ cheese ($3.00), however, was a little on the rich side perfect if you love a lot of cream.
Orders are served up in about 10 or 15 minutes by the friendly staff. Browse a Heights Observer on the counter or catch some TV time on the flat screen while you wait at one of the small tables up front.
2238 Lee Road
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Sunday: 1–6 p.m.
Per her grandmother, Christina Klenotic is a “good eater.” She enjoys sampling our area’s eclectic restaurants, galleries and neighborhoods.