MaMa Streetfood is a Vietnamese restaurant in Davie that’s about as close as you can get in South Florida to sitting on a little stool in an alleyway somewhere in Vietnam while enjoying a pile of delicious snails. On the covered sidewalk in front of this restaurant, you’ll find the same type of very low tables and tiny stools popular in Vietnam. At night, groups of diners huddle over plates of snails in coconut milk, refreshing lime-spiked salads, homemade tofu, and intensely flavorful soups that include much more than just pho.
MaMa has an English language menu that includes some dishes like the crispy fried lemongrass tofu (which you should order) along with a French-influenced beef and vegetable soup and a tomato-based crab and pork meatball soup. But the more interesting options are on the Vietnamese menu, including all the wonderful snails. There are some photos on the menu to guide you, but the servers here are also really helpful when it comes to navigating the menu. If they see that you’re interested in some less common (at least for South Florida) dishes, they will steer you towards their favorites, like a green mango and cone snail salad perfect for a hot day. Don’t skip over the drinks section either. There are lots of tasty options, including a really satisfying fresh corn milk and an artichoke tea (when they have it) that tastes much better than it sounds.