Gut Rumbles

June 20, 2006

want good food?

If you ever come to Savannah, Jawja, you need to pay a visit to this place. The name has changed since I first started eating there 40 years ago (alas--- Mrs. Wilkes died) but the food is as good as ever.

It used to be called "Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House," on Jones Lane, and she once kept lodgers upstairs there, but her cooking became so famous and coveted that she threw all the lodgers out and made her place a restaurant. You want to taste REAL Southern cooking? Go there.

When I first started eating at Mrs. Wilkes,' a meal cost $3.00 for all you wanted to eat. I'm talking about sit down at a big table, say grace and pass the plates of fried chicken, pork chops, rice & gravy, green beans, mashed potatoes, fried corn, okra & tomatoes, corn bread, biscuits, real butter and everything else you could imagine, all served with a huge glass of genuine Southern sweet, iced tea, refilled from a big pitcher on the table whenever your glass went empty.

I don't know what it costs to eat there now, but you can bet your ass it's worth it. And THEN some. Just thinking about that place now makes me hungry.

You'll have to stand in line to get through the front door, but it's worth the wait. If you EVER visit Savannah, have a meal there.

You won't regret it.


what the heck is okra? I don't think they even sell up here north of the 49th. Never had it and never seen it served. Must be good for you the ol' gal Sema Wilkes was in her 90's before she passed.

Posted by: j on June 20, 2006 11:14 PM

LMAO@ j.
Okra is this (sometimes slimey, sometimes battered or breaded, and fried) veg e tebble that us Suthurn folks eat.

A-man, back in my racing days, there was a place in Texas that sounds a LOT like that.
Folks would just kinda file in and fill up the long tables that were laden with fried chicken, smashed 'taters, all sorts of veggies, on and on and on....
Big ole pitchers of sweet tea adorned every table and it was goooooooooooood.
Kinda like...
Eatin' at MY house!

Posted by: LilToni on June 20, 2006 11:26 PM

"...a place in Texas..." THAT WE FREQUENTED.
Dang, I'm tired.

Posted by: LilToni on June 20, 2006 11:28 PM

I ate there three years ago and took my 80+ year old father. He couldn't figure out what the hell was going on and why we were seated at a big table with strangers. Once the food started being passed around, he thought it was pretty darn good. I thought it was great.

Posted by: Jerry on June 21, 2006 02:55 AM

I've always planned to eventually visit a place outside Atlanta that Lewis Grizzard frequented (probably contributed to the heart disease that got him), called the Blue Willow Inn. Supposed to be the same kind of thing.

Posted by: Tessa on June 21, 2006 06:25 AM

Been there, done that but couldn't remember the name of the place. Use to spend a lot of time in Savannah back in my military days.

Posted by: james old guy on June 21, 2006 09:36 AM

Two years ago when I visited a friend in McDonough, Georgia, we drove to Savannah for a couple of days, and we did get the pleasure of dining at Mrs. Wilkes. It was wonderful. We got lucky and were hanging around right when it opened for business. When I come back to Georgia, we'll probably make the trip again.

Posted by: Tina on June 21, 2006 06:04 PM

Yum. yum, yum. The best fried chicken I've ever had.

Posted by: Miss Fire on June 21, 2006 10:32 PM
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