There is truly nothing more important than food. Whether it’s a bowl of creamy pasta or a slice of rich, decadent chocolate truffle torte, everyone enjoys munching on good food. No matter what you do, one thing that is a must when touring the southern city is a visit to Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. This lovely establishment offers visitors an experience like no other. Here are just four reasons why Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room is a must when you come to Savannah.
1. The Food
Although this is an obvious reason, it is definitely the main reason to visit Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. The Southern home cooking will make your taste buds exploded. From the fried chicken to the macaroni and cheese, your entire family will be satisfied. The menu also includes Squash, Rice & Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Candied Yams, Collard Greens, Okra & Tomatoes, Brown Rice, Potato Salad, Apple Salad, Macaroni Salad, English Peas & Noodles, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw and so much more. A line gathers at the door of the dining room at 107 West Jones Street every morning. The doors open at 11:00 A.M. and the crowds fill in, wanting a seat. Make sure to get there early to ensure you get a seat! The seasonal menu is subject to change.
2. Dining Experience
If the food isn’t reason enough to visit, then the unique way of dining might just draw you in. You will be seated at a table for ten with strangers. This interesting way of making sure a person occupies every seat in the dining room allows you to have a different dining experience. The tabletop will be covered with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato soufflé, okra gumbo, and of course classic southern biscuits. Family style is the way Mrs. Sema Wilkes intended the dining room to be run when she first opened it in the 1940’s. This is a neat way to enjoy a meal with neighbors and strangers.
3. The History
In most Southern cities, there was a boardinghouse where visitors to the town could find a simple, quiet room and home cooking. In 1943, young Sema Wilkes took over a boardinghouse in the historic downtown Savannah. Her goal was to make a living by offering comfortable lodging and delicious homestyle cooking served family style. Mrs. Wilkes picked up were the previous owner left off. She cultivated relationships with the local farmers who provided the sweet potatoes for her mouthwatering sweet potato soufflé. Come experience the history through the dining room and the food.
Savannah features numerous restaurants, but Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room is a must when you come to visit! While you are planning your visit to this Savannah staple, make sure you have a place to stay. Your experience while in Savannah will be enhanced when you choose Presidents’ Quarters Inn as your bed and breakfast. Our wide selection of lovely rooms and suites are all tastefully decorated to match the southern charm of the city. Start planning your trip today!
Photo courtesy Don Costin.