On our way back from a recent trip to FL, we ate at Lady & Sons in Savannah. I know I've seen plenty of negative comments (food not worth standing in line for....) but I have to say that it was worth every penny and I would eat there again. L & S only charged $12.99 for their buffet which included mashed potatoes made from real potatoes (not instant), real giblet gravy for those potatoes, fresh (not frozen)steamed broccoli, real fried chicken, slow roasted pork ribs, real scratch biscuits, hoecakes, black eye peas (definitely frozen but very tasty), slow cooked collard greens, macaroni & cheese made with decent cheddar and not velveeta...get the picture? As a restaurant guy I can tell you that most diners do not realize the amount of convenience foods available to restaurants. It is truly frightening! When I look at the typical menu of many so-called "home cookin'" diners and Mom & Pop's that charge five to seven dollars for a lunch that may offer up to 12 choices for vegetable, you can bet your boots that every damn one of those veggies are frozen. Okra, yellow squash, shrimp & eggplant comes cut & pre-breaded, just drop in the fryer. Macaroni & Cheese that's fully cooked, just re heat. Pulled pork that's smoke enhanced, sauced and fully cooked. Frozen pre-cooked biscuits, just warm in the oven. And the most dispicable of them all....INSTANT GRITS! I Hate Instant Grits!
So the typical diner serving "Southern Food just like Mom used to make" is actually just a heat & serve den of inequity!
At L&S you will pay twice what the average diner will charge you and in return receive food that is so much better on so many levels. There are certainly finer restaurants in the South but at places such as Magnolia Grill or Hot & Hot, $12.99 gets you a nice appetizer. See my point?
I heartily recommend Lady & Sons.