Sac’s Southern soul

Mo’ Betta Finger Foods

Behold! Fried gizzards are one of Mo’ Betta Finger Foods’ specialties. Be sure to call ahead for these chewy morsels of rich, dark meat.

Behold! Fried gizzards are one of Mo’ Betta Finger Foods’ specialties. Be sure to call ahead for these chewy morsels of rich, dark meat.


Good for: Southern-fried specialties
Notable dishes: Seafood Mac & Cheese, Hennessey Wings, Fried Catfish, Fried Gizzards
Southern, South Sacramento

Mo’ Betta Finger Foods

3751 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95820

(916) 307-9511

Coming home to the aroma of frying gizzards on the stove when I was a child meant my mother was in a good mood. Often served with an extra helping of mac ’n’ cheese, gizzards were a cheap and tasty way for my mom to bring our family together. So when I heard Mo’ Betta Finger Foods served Fried Gizzards ($10.50, call ahead), I was excited to go have a taste. Boiled overnight and coated with well-seasoned batter, the chewy morsels of rich dark meat did not disappoint.

When it comes to home-style, Southern-fried specialties, Mo' Betta Finger Foods doesn't stop at gizzards. There are many other Southern soul favorites on the menu—some I was unfamiliar with—including Alligator Nuggets (basket $18.50), fried and rubbery, but not unpleasant, with a mild chicken flavor. More bone than bite, the delicate meat on the Frog Leg (a la carte $3.75) had a slightly sour, swampy taste underneath its heavily seasoned encasing. Although I was slow to warm up to the frog and alligator, my companion gulped them up and washed them down with handfuls of cornmeal encrusted Fried Okra ($5), as addictive as corn nuts, but tastier.

The “Seasoned Just Right” Basa ($15.50) was just that, generously portioned and fried light and flaky, without being too fishy. Mo' Betta also has some of the juiciest, plumpest fried wings out there. The Hennessy Wings ($7.75) delighted with a thick, sweet glaze, and the Wing Dings ($6) were as good and crispy as any plate of fried chicken, especially dipped in some hot sauce. The Salt and Pepper Wings ($7.75) were fried naked and had an enjoyably spicy heat.

At Mo' Betta, most everything is cooked to order, and nothing says home-style more than their sides. There's the regular Mac & Cheese ($3), creamy, with a dash of Old Bay; or a local favorite, the Seafood Mac & Cheese ($4), stuffed with real shrimp and crawfish. The Red Beans and Rice ($3) had a vibrant and meaty bean stew flavor and the Yams ($3) were so sweet and tender like they'd been marinating in butter and brown sugar forever.

Desserts are just as down-home and real as the rest of the menu at $5 a piece. 'Nilla Wafers in their Bread Pudding, anyone? Peach Cobbler made with fruit cocktail and cinnamon, and maybe a sprinkle of brown sugar. Don't forget Sweet Potato Pie and the oldie but goodie Sock-it-to-me Cake (butter cake with crumbly streusel).

Pretty much anything on the menu can be ordered a la carte, or as basket meals, so there's lots of room (and items) to try everything. A lot of places claim to be home-style but aim to “elevate” their cuisine into something more fancy or presentable to the restaurant industry. Mo' Betta reminds me of my mother's home-cooked dinners, right down to the unabashed use of salt and pepper. There's no pretense—just good food to be eaten and enjoyed.