Mei Mei Street Kitchen

(credit: eater boston)

(credit: eater boston)


kid-friendly restaurant review

Spork Rating: 3

The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Boston
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Price: Affordable
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday 11am-10pm; counter service lunch 11-5pm; table service dinner 5-10pm
  • Reservations: No
  • Recommended For Dining With: Kids

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Overview:

Food trucks made a splash on the streets of Boston a few years ago, with Mei Mei Street Kitchen as the darling of the food truck scene. Run by three siblings, Mei Mei (which means little sister in Chinese), made a name for itself serving up modern Chinese-American street food such as the “Double Awesome,” slow cooked rice porridge, and macaroons. And now with a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Audubon Circle, Mei Mei is stretching its wings to deliver even more creative Chinese-American fare. Mei Mei is a must-try for anyone looking to shake up what they thought they knew about Chinese comfort food.  But go soon as Mei Mei is quickly becoming the new “It” destination in town.

KidTude:

Good. Mei Mei’s popularity can be partly attributed to the friendly staff. Mei Mei’s brick-and-mortar is no exception. The staff at Mei Mei’s greets everyone warmly and engages with young diners appropriately. You can spot several families during lunch service. What Mei Mei lacks in kid amenities they make up in service.

family-friendly restaurant tip The dining room is small and seats about 30 people. There are about a dozen stools for counter seating – okay for older kids.

family-friendly restaurant tip At the time of this review, Mei Mei did not have high chairs available, so plan accordingly.

Main Menu:

Dining Out with Kids Mei Mei Lunch

Magical Kale Salad with Poached Egg, Beef Dumplings, and Double Awesome

Mei Mei’s rotating seasonal menu is centered on locally sourced, sustainable and fun food. The lunch menu (which is counter service) consists mostly of their food truck street food staples. The Double Awesome truly lives up to its name – scallion pancake sandwich with local greens pesto, Vermont cheddar & two slow poached then fried eggs ($7). Beef Dumplings served with Sriracha Fried Rice & House Pickles ($7.50) and Sweet Corn Fritters ($4) also have earned a cult following in their own right.

The Dinner Menu (with traditional table service), consisting of small plates, entrees, sides and sweet food, will satisfy the most adventurous palates. Confit Beef Tongue ($12) has tongues wagging for

Dining Out with Kids Mei Mei Black Rice

Tallow Black Fried Rice with Slow Poached Egg and Watermelon Radish

more. Tallow Fried Black Rice with a slow-poached then fried egg ($6) tastes as wonderful as it looks. Foodies all over are talking about the John Crow Farm Rib & Belly Pork Chop (serves 2-4) with house made steamed buns, miso cabbage, cranberry hoisin, tart apple jelly, pickled carrots, and pea shoots is their fun interpretation of pork chops and apple sauce with peas and carrots ($46).

Favorites include:

  • Double Awesome
  • Slow Cooked Rice Porridge
  • Pork Dumplings
  • Five Spheres Chicken
  • John Crow Farm Rib & Belly Pork Chop
Dining Out with Kids Mei Mei Pork Chop

John Crow Rib & Pork Chop with Steamed Buns, Pickled Carrots and Sauces

Kid’s Menu:

There is no kid’s menu at Mei Mei’s. But there are several sides that are portioned for little diners. The Corn Fritters, Beef Dumplings, and Slow-Cooked Rice Porridge are some kiddie faves. The dinner menu is better suited for more adventurous eaters. House Made Steamed Buns, Celery Root Puree, and Pork Dumplings will please even the pickiest eaters.

Dining Out with Kids Mei Mei Kids

Sweet Corn Fritters and Slow-Cooked Rice Porridge are kid favorites

family-friendly restaurant tip Mei Mei’s friendly staff is willing to accommodate families dining out with kids the best it can.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Boston University
  • Fenway Park

Amenities:

  • Changing table (low benches in bathrooms can work in a pinch)
  • Stroller parking

family-friendly restaurant tip Kids will get a kick out of the bathroom floors which is tiled with pennies

Getting There:

  • Metered parking is available a block away on Beacon Street
  • Street parking is available on many of the surrounding blocks (resident parking Mon-Sat)
  • The restaurant is a few blocks from BU Central (Green B Line), St. Mary’s (Green C Line) and Fenway (Green D Line).