Sometimes it pays to shoot from the hip. While traveling towards Jekyll Island last week from a Boondockers spot in rural Georgia, we made the decision to stop in Savannah for groceries. After groceries were procured, it was lunch time, we're in Savannah, so why not find a spot for our dining pleasures.
I Googled "Best Lunches Savannah" and at the top of the list was Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room in the historic district. I was hungry, didn't read anything further, assumed it may be okay, because hungry and that's all that mattered at the moment. After parking on one of the Live Oak covered avenues, we walked the short block and a half to the restaurant using my iPhone as our guide. If not for a lovely couple from New Hampshire, we might not have found the understated entrance.
Inside we were treated to what can only be described, in this, the season, as an early Thanksgiving spread that would make your grandmother blush. Mrs. Wilkes is a family-style seating/serving/meat and many, restaurant. The food is well-prepared and plentiful. Go hungry, no, go very hungry.
Our table mates were from New Hampshire (the folks who helped us find the Mrs. Wilkes), New Jersey, and New York. We had a great time getting to know some things about them and did I mention the food is plentiful. Prepare to eat many good dishes and maybe make room for a nap afterwards, but don't miss lunch there.
We celebrated my birthday Sunday evening at The Ordinary. Great ambiance, great locally sourced seafood.
Once again my Google search using "James Beard" and "insert city du jour" paid off.
Last evening we dined in Charleston at The Grocery. It was a memorable celebration of our wedding anniversary. When in Charleston, don't miss the opportunity to treat yourselves to the talents Chef Kevin Johnson has to offer you. Definitely recommended. Great local foods, great service, nice atmosphere.
Melanie and Steven