Mom's is famous, but I wonder if it was better when Mom was still running it (maybe she is, who knows). Having recently tried it again, it's hard not to be disappointed. How can a place (any place) ever, EVER serve wilted lettuce? That is utterly inexcusable. Lettuce is cheap, salads are easy to make. The lettuce has brown edges, and it isn't inedible, just mediocre. But they must serve 200 salads a day, so what's the excuse, I ask?
Fish and chips could have one little touch of something interesting, like a little malt vinegar or something. Pie is poor, with gummy crust and canned filling. The fries, at least, are excellent, nice and white yet lightly fried to crispy perfection. So there is all the potential, just lacking in any extra effort. I thought an exchange was telling: one waitress, to the manager, "What should we charge for the customers asking for extra garlic bread with the spaghetti?" Manager (pause): "...Mildred, it's never going to happen..." Mildred: "It happens all the time..." Manager: "...err, hmmm." (Pause, waitress leaves to attend a table.)
Too bad about the general mediocrity and lack of hominess that the place is known for. It needs a new infusion of "momness."
"Scones automatically come with your meal at Mom's and are served piping hot. With a little honey butter drizzled on top, these breads are delicious and addictive! "
"Mom's has several different homemade pies to choose from, but the most unusual and delicious is the blueberry sour cream. My waitress mentioned that they sometimes have cherry sour cream pie, too."
"The breakfast special: chicken-fry with poached eggs and potatoes. Scone in foreground."
"A nice afternoon snack before getting back on the road."
"Mom's is a classic three-meal-a-day small-town restaurant."
"This Mom is distinctly Southwestern, with a unique Utah twist."