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“Great food and great tradition. Savannah cooking at its best!”

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room
Ranked #6 of 894 Restaurants in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Orlando, Florida
Reviewed May 9, 2006

We went on a Monday with our Girl Scout troop, arriving a few minutes after noon. Only waited about 10 minutes to be seated and had the honor of being at the table with Mrs. Wilkes daughter Margaret. I'm from a long line of Southern cooks, and this was much like what I'm familiar with - and some of it's even better than anything I've tasted! Even with picky teenagers, they all raved about the food. My only regret is that all of the food didn't make it around the table - not that I would have had any room for it anyway. Greens, roast pork, pot roast, heavenly fried chicken, Savannah red rice, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, snap beans, peas, creamed corn, butter beans, cabbage, rice and gravy, biscuits, cornbread, carrot salad, sweet ice tea, banana pudding and strawberry shortcake are what I remember on that day.

Note this site says it's $8. May have been true years ago, but it's $14 now.

My best advice is to take a minute and browse the little gift shop area - and don't dare leave without buying a cook book! Not only is it full of recipes for all of this fabulous food, it tells a wonderful history of Savannah during the life of Mrs. Wilkes. Fascinating reading!

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Reviewed April 10, 2006

Aside from the over 1 hour wait time (thank heavens the weather cooperated), the perfectly prepared Southern dishes met every expectation. Mrs. Wilkes sets the benchmark for down-home cooking. Perfectly prepared and plentiful, the food was well worth the wait. We counted 19 separate dishes, not including the wonderful fried chicken. We enthusiasticlly joined in the communal dining conversation. For a true taste of the South, this is the place to be!

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Reviewed March 14, 2006

We had read about Mrs. Wilkes on tripadvisor and decided to try it. We went on a Monday around noon-time. There was a short line out front and we waited only about 20 min before being seated. The restaurant is family style and we were seated at a table with 6 visitors from Mississippi who were all very nice. The food was all spread out on the table when we sat down, Fried chicken, beef stew, pole beans, mashed potatoes, yams, carrots, okra, spinach, rice, creamed corn, corn bread, biscuits, pulled pork, sweet tea....everything was hot and good!! The Fried Chicken was especially good, better than Lady & Sons! There were a couple woman walking around asking if we needed anything more of any of the items and clearing away any empty platters. After the main courses they offered us either a banana pudding or strawberry shortcake for dessert and then asked us to bring our dirty plate, silverware and glasses into the kitchen on our way out!! This place was great, it's a must stop while in Savannah.

19  Thank kiepou
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Reviewed February 20, 2006

Mrs. Wilkes 'Dining Room came with high regards, but we almost missed eating there, because no one informed us of the hours, 11am-2pm, only. We missed it the first time, but we went back, and we were so glad we did, and yes stood on line, and waited to be seated but it was well worth the short wait. Cash/Check only. Everything was amazing. You must go and try to sample at least half of the 15 of so dishes that go around the family style setting table. Better than buffet dinning. A must.

28  Thank DIANE P
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Reviewed February 13, 2006

If you want to have a true Southern eating experience, then this is the place for you. They have fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans (the southern works). It is setup as a boarding house with round tables where you sit with other people. They bring out the bowls of food, and everyone passes it around the table. Once you are done you take your plate etc. to be washed. You can't beat this food for the price, and it is a good time as well!

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