Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House

First stop is Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House!  The line for their famous lunch starts forming at 10:30.  The doors don't open until 11:00, but it is a popular place! 
  Delicious bowls of traditional southern sides and platters of fried chicken are served up family-style and refilled, promptly.  Hot biscuits and corn muffins are brought to your table regularly.  
  Family members still own and run this wonderful eatery and come around to your table to greet you.  You might be seated with other guests at your table...just like at a boarding house!  It's a great way to meet new people and and hear about their travels!  We met folks from San Fransisco on the day we were there.

All delicious!  There's fried chicken, BBQ, mashed potatoes, greens, black-eyed peas, stewed tomatoes and okra, coleslaw...sweet tea! There are even more sides on the table, but, a plate only has so much space!

(I happen to own one of this lady's cookbooks, so I was especially excited to eat there!)

Many articles and tributes, including awards, hang on the walls.  It's truly a family business.  A sweet picture of Mr. And Mrs. Wilkes sits prominently above a vintage fireplace mantle.

The staff is very attentive and the day I visited, a family member, referred to by staff, as "Miss Marcia" was hostess (in her summery dress and pearls). She was soft spoken but very friendly and welcoming.  
  Later, near the end of lunch, another family member came in with kids and grandkids in tow to celebrate his birthday.

What a unique place to have lunch while you're in Savannah!  They make you feel like family.

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