Stroll down Savannah’s picturesque Jones Street any morning around 10:30 and you’ll see a line beginning to form outside a gorgeous old home called Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room.

As it turns out, everyone is waiting to be seated by the owners, Marcia and Ronnie Thompson. But don’t get any ideas. Just because you show up with a group of people doesn’t mean you’ll be dining with them.

See, Mrs. Wilkes has a thing for bringing good folks together — even if they didn’t know each other when they walked through the door.

And that’s half the fun (just ask the people who got to sit next to President Obama last year.)

Take that Paula Deen.

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Comments

  1. Globalphile
    Chicago IL
    May 22, 2012, 6:27 pm

    I was there last Monday and agree with you 100%. It was one of the best dining experiences I have had!!

  2. Dawn
    Texas
    June 1, 2012, 10:33 pm

    When I traveled to Savannah, I eat at both places. I was so excited to go to Paula Deens(this was at her most popular point). I was extremely disappointed. However the next day, I had the incredible pleasure go dining at Mrs. Wilkes. This was at least six years ago and I continue to tell everyone traveling to Georgia the same thing. “skip Paula Deen’s place but make sure you go to Mrs. Wilkes,”

  3. Michael Bates
    Tulsa, OK
    June 2, 2012, 12:03 pm

    Mrs. Wilkes’ is wonderful. In Paula Deen’s defense, I should mention that Mrs. Wilkes used to eat at Paula’s The Lady and Sons when her own place was closed. I recall eating at the original The Lady and Sons location by the City Market — you sat at a long table like Mrs. Wilkes, although you served yourself from a buffet, rather than passing dishes around the table.