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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 764 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
Kilcullen, Ireland
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I queued for about 90 minutes today to sample some of Mrs.Wilkes' Southern home cooking and as happy as I was to finally have a seat after standing for all that time, I was even happier when the bowls of delicious and flavoursome food were passed around. There was a massive selection of foods to choose from; from Mac n... More

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Memphis
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

By far the best Southern food you'll find in Savannah. Skip Lady and Sons if you want to be authentic. Worth the wait! And the staff are incredible, most of them are second and third generation employees in this home run of a family tradition

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Savannah, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

You stand in line for a bit, but it is worth the wait. My favorites are the friend chicken and the banana pudding. Great value, for you will not be eating dinner later on.

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Novato, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Ryon and his staff do a fantastic job of making you feel welcomed for lunch. The portions and variety of Southern Classics are great. My favorites were the fried chicken, cornbread dressing and the banana pudding. It's worth the wait in line to experience a family style meal and making new friends from various places.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We visited for lunch on last week, what could I say other than amazing! There was a line wrapped around the building, but was worth every minute of the wait. The servers were very very helpful, and very welcoming! The only negative is they do not accept check cards or debit card, you have to pay cash only. Other than... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This place is awesome. It is small and you are seated family style at a table for 10. The dishes and sweet tea are waiting for you when you sit down. It's like Thanksgiving; take small portions so you can try everything. It opens at 11am and I recommend getting there by at least 10am so you have a better... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The best southern food, period. Sorry Paula Dean, you can cook but you hold nothing to this place and every Savannahian knows it. This is what the locals stand in line for.

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San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Best food in Savannah! Enough said! You may be waiting an hour, but it's definitely worth it! I promise! I live here! Fried chicken, vegetables, dessert & of course, sweet tea!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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151 reviews 151 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

One of the fun aspects of traveling is sampling local fare. Having spend a week in downtown Savannah doing so, we were feeling sorely disappointed - did Savannah even HAVE a local fare? None of the food we had tried ANYwhere here even approached what I can make at home, and I'm just an amateur cook. My husband had serious... More

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Athens, Tennessee
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Be prepared to stand in the heat and wait for this great meal! Folks were lined up the day we decided to try Mrs Wilkes for 3 city blocks in 90 degree heat and humidity. Once you are summoned inside, you will be so glad you waited!

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