Chef Barry Maiden got a lot of accolades from his fans and Boston foodies after he won a James Beard Award Monday for his Cambridge restaurant, Hungry Mother.

Beside the well-deserved thumbs up and mazel tovs were also many boo-hoos like this Facebook post: “There go my chances for a reservation.”

Not true! While prime dinner reservations are filling up fast, it’s still easy to get early or late seatings, a Metro Boston check Wednesday afternoon showed.

RELATED: Metro’s coverage of 2015 Beard Awards .


Maiden won his Beard -- Best Chef: Northeast -- Monday night. The Beards are essentially the foodie Oscars.

Hungry Mother features Southern cooking , locally sourced. And the corn bread is to die for.

The awards were otherwise dominated by New York restaurants, a fact that has irked metro Boston’s many amazing restaurants, and the scene’s food critics.

Boston Globe food critic Devra First had this to say or the Beard win: “It was unquestionably his time to do so — so unquestionably one thought it might not happen, that this year might bring an upset.”

She continued :

“Maiden was a gracious regional representative. In his speech, he thanked the Hungry Mother crew and son Dylan, who showed him the importance of balance.

And he had an important message for us all: Take time to stop and smell the mirepoix.”

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