The Lady and Sons Restaurant
Enjoy Paula Deen Cooking
My independent review of the Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah, GA. The Lady and Sons, founded by Food Channel Chef Paula Deen, is a great place to "put some south in your mouth".
Lady and Sons Reservations
You cannot call the Lady and Sons Savannah and make reservations. You must present yourself to the hostess in person.
She begins taking reservations for both lunch and dinner at 9:30 a.m. each morning at the corner of Whitaker and Congress where this most popular of Savannah attractions is located.
We arrived at 9:30 on the dot but there was no place to park. I got into line while Tiny went off in search of a parking space.
This turned out to be a good plan as I had already made our 11:00 lunch reservation by the time he parked and walked back to the restaurant.
The hostess instructed me to be across the street at 10:45, waiting for my name to be called.
We had a little more than an hour to kill so we decided to walk over to Market Square.
When we returned to the Lady and Sons restaurant at 10:45, a crowd had begun to form outside the shops across the street.
We joined it.
A waitress entered the roadway, rang an old-fashioned dinner bell and instructed us to holler "Come and get it"!
Next, the hostess began calling names out. When my name was called, we crossed the street and entered the restaurant where another hostess led us to our seats.
I sat down thinking, "it just cannot be worth all this trouble to eat here".
I was wrong.
The Lady and Sons Buffet
Paula Deen Cooking at its Best
I wish I could talk to you about the menu items at this favorite of Savannah restaurants but I can't. I never looked at it.
I passed by the buffet on my way to the ladies room and never gave the Lady and Sons menu another thought.
This is the Lady and Sons restaurant buffet line up:Fried chickenFried White fishBaked chickenRed rice with sausageGritsCreamed corn
Southern style greens
Candied sweet potatoes
Baked macaroni and cheeseLima beansGreen beans
The buffet is $13 and change and includes 1 dessert item and bread which the server will bring to your table. Drinks are extra.
I ordered sweet tea which was served with a lemon wedge and a sprig of mint.
The bread consists of a cornbread pancake with a fat cheddar cheese biscuit sitting on top of it. Both of these are delicious. Tiny asked for a second helping and got it.
I tried everything on the buffet. I nearly hurt myself doing this. But it was all in a good cause, right.
The fried chicken was some of the freshest and tastiest I've ever eaten in a restaurant. It had that home fried taste.
The other real stand out at the Lady and Sons restaurant was the macaroni. This is real baked-in-the-oven macaroni and cheese. It reminds me of my mother-in-law's mac and cheese.
It is rare that you find this type of dish on an all-you-can-eat buffet. It is time consuming and expensive to make. The only other restaurant I've ever known to serve it is Harvey's on St. Croix. And it was not a buffet item there. They included a small square of it in our dinner orders.
I will refrain from commenting on most of the other items on Food Network Paula Deen's buffet. They were just what you would expect. I'll just comment on what I didn't like.
Both Tiny and I thought the green beans and the southern style greens were too salty. In addition to this, I found the baked chicken to be bland.
After we had stuffed ourselves to the gills, our waiter appeared with a dessert tray.
"I can't eat another thing" I told him.
"You have to at least taste it", he replied.
Meanwhile the aroma of peach cobbler was wafting around my head.
I tried the peach cobbler and Tiny chose the Oreo cookie gooey butter cake. The third item offered was banana pudding.
Tiny enjoyed the gooey butter cake but I felt that the peach cobbler lacked spice. To be fair, my mother was a fantastic pie maker. Consequently, my standard may be higher than the average person's.
Final Thoughts on Lady and Sons in Savannah
We think the Lady and Sons restaurant is a fantastic value for the price. If you like southern cooking, you will not be disappointed.
After we were seated, we immediately understood why the Lady and Sons restaurant handles reservations and seating the way they do.
It enables them to control the flow of traffic inside the restaurant. Despite the popularity of this 3 story Savannah restaurant, it is not crowded or noisy.
It was well worth the trouble it took to get a table.
The line outside this Paula Deen restaurant is one we look forward to waiting in the next time we visit Savannah.
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