Mama Joyce’s serves up chicken and waffles with a smile

Chicken and waffles hit the spot for a reasonable $6.00.

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.

Mama Joyce’s

2238 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights

(216) 371-3100

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.

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