“Miss Mona — as she is lovingly referred to by both her staff and customers — has been a fixture in Five Points dining since long before you could find a decent meal on nearly every corner of the changing neighborhood. Beginning with the to-go only Wings and Things in 1984 and reopening as the full-service Welton Street Cafe a few blocks away in ’99, Mona’s home-cooking and community space have provided a vital source of comfort for residents, regulars and anyone seeking real Southern and Carribean cuisine. While neighboring Rosenberg’s has been enjoying a great deal of attention, customers would be doing themselves a favor to walk a few storefronts down.
The spot can get busy during lunch and dinner and there appears to be a constant stream of people coming in for take-out. The staff is still attentive and the food is still prepared with great attention to detail. Unlike many of the newer restaurants with their uncompromising pace, the Welton Street kitchen staff takes the time to prepare food with the love and attention necessary to deliver real home-cooking. The quality shows and is worth the patience.
Much of the staff has been working in the shop since Mona relocated in ’99. The intimacy shows. Employees speak about Mona with reverence and fondness — her influence both as a cook and a community member is palpable.”
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Wrenn, Colton. 303 Magazine 14 February 2019.