Yo' Mama's

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Yo' Mama's is a restaurant located in 2nd Row at 2328 2nd Avenue North. It is owned and operated by Denise Peterson and her daughter, Crystal, who previously operated "Jazzy Fish & Chicken" at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Florida. The 34-seat establishment, open for lunch only, offers one main dish of the day along with a regular menu of "new American" offerings such as chicken and waffles or shrimp tacos.

In 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited the restaurant during a campaign stop in Birmingham.

The restaurant began serving breakfast on weekdays in July 2019. In 2021 the restaurant was awarded a grant from the James Beard Foundation's Food and Beverage Investment Fund to support majority Black or Indigenous-owned businesses threatened by the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.

Yo' Mama's was featured on the Cooking Channel series "Cheap Eats" in 2018, and on the Netflix reality series "Fresh, Fried and Crispy" in 2021.

In 2023 the Birmingham City Council approved a proposal to appropriate $1.3 million to Yo' Mama's to build out and lease the vacant 5,760 square-foot ground floor space in the 2009 addition to Birmingham Parking Authority Deck 3, at the corner of 4th Avenue North and Richard Arrington Jr Boulevard North.


  • Davis, Bryan (September 18, 2014) "Yo' Mama's restaurant to open in downtown Birmingham." Birmingham Business Journal
  • Flanagan, Ben (May 14, 2021) "Yo’ Mama’s of Birmingham to be featured on Netflix’s new show ‘Fresh, Fried & Crispy’." The Birmingham News
  • Parker, Illyshia (May 3, 2023) "Yo' Mama's to relocate, expand if Bham approves redevelopment investment." Birmingham Business Journal
  • Byington, Pat (May 9, 2023) "Birmingham approves $1.7M Yo’ Mama’s downtown redevelopment and expansion plan." Bham Now

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