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7 Favorite Foods Inspired By Mom

We all have a recipe that comes to mind when we think of mom. Whether it’s as simple as waffles in the morning, or as intricate as homemade pad thai, some of the most comforting dishes are inspired by the woman who raised us. Read on to discover some of our restaurants’ stories about dishes on their menus that were inspired by mom’s cooking.

“All my life, I’ve been told ‘Your mother cooks such delicious food!’ Her empanadas are amazing, the sauce is spectacular. Still getting reactions like “OMG” and “Your mom made these?” — my customers get to eat the same amazing food I did growing up, and it’s all because of my mother’s recipes.” —Christina, owner at Chicken’s Road Venezuelan Food. Find empanadas near you.

“The specific dish that my mother taught me and my chefs are the meatballs. The meatballs are special to our restaurant because they always brings me back to my younger days on Sundays in Bay Ridge where my mother and nonna would make at least 50 meatballs, hand roll each ball with the perfect combination of beef and veal meat, then add a dash of salt, pepper and Pecorino Romano cheese. Every time a customer says they love it, it brings a smile to my face and I picture my mom.” — Enzo, owner of Oggi Pizza Bar. Find meatballs and Italian food near you.

“My mother is a wonderful teacher and I learned a lot of cooking skills from her. I can cook tons of different kinds of Chinese foods, such as general’s chicken, Szechuan chicken, egg fuyang and so on. We have provided high quality Chinese food service locally for the past 10 years and we have tons of loyalty customers. We are moved by our customers and proud to serve them recipes inspired by my mother’s cooking.” — Ping, owner of Happy Family. Find Chinese food near you.

“I have cystic fibrosis (CF), which is a disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. I had a very difficult time gaining weight, until my mom introduced me to mac ‘n’ cheese. It was true love at first bite! When we developed the STACKED create-your-own menu, we decided that mac ‘n’ cheese was the perfect menu category. It’s now the second most popular menu category at STACKED, right behind burgers. Thanks to my mom and her mac n’ cheese recipe, not only am I doing well, but our customers get to enjoy this great dish.” — Stacy, the daughter of the owners at STACKED. Find mac n’ cheese near you.

“My mom has the talent to make any dish with whatever she has on hand. I was lucky enough to grow up eating amazing homemade food, from pasta to eggplant parmigiana, which is my favorite. Her food is so great that we wanted to share our family recipes with everyone. Mom is still here cooking everyday!” — Giovanni, owner of Locatelli Italian Deli. Find eggplant parmigiana near you.

“Memories of my mother’s sweet potato pie have stayed with me throughout my adult life. When we opened our first restaurant in Washington, DC back in the 70s we included her recipe for sweet potato pie to our dessert menu, and it became an instant hit. It has been on the menu of every restaurant we have owned since that time. It is the most popular dessert on the menu of Hey Mon’s Cafe.” — Dianna, owner of Hey Mon’s Cafe. Find sweet potato pie near you.

“When I was a kid, my mom said that Thailand has the best source of natural food resources. So, it was necessary to learn how to cook them. Deep in my heart, I know she is the best chef I have ever come across, and I have learned from her in the kitchen ever since. Now, I have my own restaurant and I use her recipe to make our customers happy.” — JJ, owner of Burapa Thai Classic. Find pad thai near you.

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