Nothing says Southern Cooking like Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room in Historic Downtown Savannah, Georgia. In 1943, a young Sema Wilkes took over a boardinghouse in historic downtown Savannah with a goal to make a living by offering a comfortable room and home-style Southern cooking. Mrs. Wilkes would serve up three meals a day, family style, in the downstairs dining room to not only her boarders but also to young, working class laborers, schoolteachers, bankers, washerwomen and middle-class merchants alike.
Mrs. Wilkes always served the freshest seasonal vegetables by cultivating relationships with local farmers who dug sweet potatoes for her in the fall and shelled peas for her in the summertime.
The Wilkes family continues her family style restaurant each weekday for lunch at 107 West Jones Street. The tabletops are loaded down with all of the fried chicken, sweet potato soufflé, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins and biscuits that you can eat. Of course, the menu changes daily so that regular patrons can have something different every day.
There's usually a line that has already formed when the doors open at 11 o'clock. But, with large tables-for-ten, you shouldn't have to wait too long to get seated. There really isn't a menu because the food is brought to your table. So, when in Savannah, share a meal with your family and make some new friends while you eat.
After your lunch at Mrs. Wilkes, take a leisurely stroll back to the Best Western Plus Savannah Historic District Hotel for an afternoon of relaxation before hitting the town again for more excursions. The location of the Best Western Plus Savannah Historic District Hotel is perfect for taking breaks in between visiting Georgia's Oldest City and all of its splendor.