This weekend on our way back up from visiting relatives we spent the night in Savannah. We decided to eat at Paula Deen's restaurant, The Lady & Sons, for lunch.
We arrived at 1 and put our name on the list. There was a 1.5 hour wait and the line wrapped around the block. The host was a delightful fellow named John who handled everyone's pestering with incredible politeness and a smile.
We returned an hour after we made our reservations and continued the wait. By this time people were being turned away by John who explained that the wait time exceeded the restaurant's open hours (3PM is the end of lunch). But he still encouraged some of them to check back right near 3 just in case.
We got in at 2:30 and were taken to the 3rd floor by the bar. In my opinion it was the best room in the place. The main 3rd floor dining area is too big and noisy and while the 1st floor is cozy, the bar area is beautiful.
After sitting down a woman came by with some hoe cakes. I've never had a hoe cake before, but put syrup on it as she recommended. It was fantastic! She also brought by cheese biscuits.
Our waitress took our order for two sweet teas and we headed for the buffet. The $12.95 buffet is all you can eat and includes salad and dessert.
Our buffet items on Saturday included fried chicken, braised chicken, pork ribs, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, cream corn, green beans, lima beans and a few other items that I'm forgetting.
In retrospect, I think it was the sweet tea that did me in and filled me up so fast. Our waitress was very attentive and filled up my sweet tea repeatedly. I downed my plateful of chicken, ribs, and sides and went back for a second helping. This time I got a few of the items I had passed over the first time, including the green beans and mashed potatoes. I also got another hoe cake.
After a few bites of the second plate an unbelievable wave of fullnes hit me. I couldn't bear to not eat the hoe cake though, so I took a few bites of it. And suddenly I could barely look at food anymore. I had literally eaten (and drank) so much that I felt sick. That's a first for me.
The waitress came by with desserts. Another first in my life, I turned mine down. My husband got the banana pudding and raved over it. I just sat there feeling full up to my neck and unable to move. We left around 3:30 as the restaurant was beginning to clear out. A few stragglers were still being let in, though.
After walking a LOT I began to feel more normal and started kicking myself for filling up so much on the iced tea that I couldn't even eat dessert. Note: BE SURE TO PACE YOURSELF AT THIS PLACE!
It was fantastic. I can't wait to go back. The best southern food I've had in Savannah and if well planned (i.e. you're not in a hurry or absolutely starving when you go to put your name on the list) it's well worth the wait.