Monday, December 29, 2008
A Trip to Savannah: Dinner at Paula Deen's Restaurant, Lady and Sons
This Christmas vacation my family and I drove from Florida to Connecticut. On the way, we stopped in Savannah, Georgia. After consulting our guidebook, we decided to make a reservation at Paula Deen's restaurant, Lady and Sons. We chose Lady and Sons not so much because it was Paula Deen's, but more because the guidebook said it had authentic, southern cooking.
To eat at Lady and Sons, you must physically go there to make a reservation. Apparently in the high season it is often fully booked by noon. Being the 23rd of December however, it was busy but not sold out. Gazing through the window at the southern style buffet, I was not too optimistic about how good the food would be, but we decided we would try it out anyhow.
Upon being seated at the restaurant, you are promptly served hoecakes and cheese biscuits, which are really really good. The hoecake is a pancake made with cornmeal, fried in clarified butter... yum!
And the buffet... well, it's literally to die for. There is so much butter and saturated fat, I don't think you could eat there more than 3 or 4 times per year without feeling like a heart attack was coming on. But it was DELICIOUS. I'm no expert in southern cooking, but everything from the greens to the fried chicken were very tasty. Definitely the best fried chicken I've ever had.
Here's a picture of a very nice lady (unfortunately didn't catch her name) who was making the hot cheese biscuits and hoecakes. Here you can see her scooping out biscuits on to a baking tray.
Anyhow, if you are ever in Savannah, check our Lady and Sons!