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Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House

107 West Jones Street, I Meant Better Than Paula Dean's, Savannah, GA 31401-4507
912 232 5997
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Ranked #3 of 763 restaurants in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Dessert
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English first
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Heard from several people this was the best place for real southern style cooking in Savannah and they were only open from 11am to 2pm. Thought it was worth a try. Waited in line for 1 1/2 hours and after finally getting in, we were amazed at the quantity of side dishes. The fried chicken is average and I think... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The wait was long, but the food was great. Nothing beats a home cooked southern meal and that is exactly what you will get an this local gem. The family style is a welcomed surprise and a chance to converse with locals or other fellow travelers. Next time our travels bring us back to Savannah, Mrs. Wilkes will be on... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Was told about this place by a very passionate local and because of his enthusiasm we just had to see what this place was all about. He advise we get there to line up no later than 10:00 am and he was right. You get seated with random guests at tables of around 10 each and are served amazing home... More

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michigan
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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We arrived at 9:45 for the lunch line. There already several people in line even though it was a weekday. The line quickly filled in behind us and the wait went fast enough chatting with people in line. At 11 they started to seat by the table and husband figured out we were eating with strangers. He HATES that! I... More

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Granite Falls, NC
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We waited almost 2 hours in the sun and let me tell you it was worth every minute of the wait. The fried chicken is amazing along with everything else. This will not disappoint!!! Staff was great and our company at the table where super nice! Loved it!

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Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The wait is always VERY long but it's worth it. The food is always amazingly delicious! Everyone who works here is incredibly friendly and helpful!

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Waited an hour and a half to have lunch, was so hungry by the time we got in, sat down and the amount of food was crazy! They kept replacing everything as we ate it, left barely able to walk I ate so much! Staff are so friendly aswell and awsome atmosphere. Wouldn't miss it if your in town

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Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

A great variety of food and the family we sat with was very nice. We didn't get a chance to try everything there was so much food. A long wait, we got there at 10:30 and waited until a little after 12:00 until we got in. Hard wait with two little ones. They only charged $5.00 each for the children,... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

and your patience. This home-style dining experience has customers lined up to dine! They are only open for lunch, and patrons line up to wait to be seated. We waited almost an hour, but it was worth it. (They keep a 5 gallon water cooler by the entrance.) Once inside, your party sits at a table for 10, family-style. All... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Ms. Wilkes was definitely the highlight of our trip to Savannah. Although there are extremely long lines and the hours of operation did not make a visit easy, the amazing food made it all worthwhile. We sat down at a communal table with 2 other groups which wasn't optimal but everyone was friendly. The staff was friendly and the food... More

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