Mama Millie's

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When he found out I would be meeting some people for lunch at Mama Millie’s, a friend who had already lunched there warned me not to get the oxtail soup. “It has bits of tail in it,” he said. “What part of oxtail did you not understand when you ordered it?” I asked.

Actually, I had already been to Mama Millie’s, many years ago, but not in its current location. And, it wasn’t called Mama Millie’s at the time. Does this even count as the same restaurant? The last time I had this food, in August of 2001, it was at a place known only as Millie’s, on Colonial Drive just east of SR 417. It was kind of an out of the way location, but people who appreciated good Caribbean food found their way.

Now Millie and her newfound Mama moniker have found there way to a new location, across the street from the University of Central Florida. I have to think this is a better place to be. With 53 gazillion hungry students in proximity, Mama Millie’s should do well.

The students -- and others -- will eat well, too. The menu features all the Caribbean classics, including curry goat, stew beef and jerk chicken. (Unlike oxtail, which has real tail of ox, jerk dishes do not actually contain jackasses.)

I had the curry chicken on my recent lunch date. Even though I ordered the smaller portion, it was an ample enough serving to fill me up, plus have some more for later. It came with a choice of white rice or rice and peas, plus a side dish. Most of the “small” portions are $7 to $8.50; the larger portions are $2 more.

Mama Millie’s is at 12273 University Blvd., Orlando, on the corner of Alafaya Trail. It’s open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. The phone number is 407-382-3570. Here’s a link to Mama’s Web site.