Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room – Savannah, GA
Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room
107 West Jones Street
Savannah, GA 31401
tel: (912) 232-5997
My mom and I love to eat, we loved the food in Savannah, and Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room was our favorite overall experience. Mrs. Wilkes’ has been family-owned and operated since 1943. It’s good Southern food, in a comfortable and completely welcoming environment. They are only open for lunch, only from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, only Monday through Friday, all of which I realized on Friday morning, the only day that we could make it. Mama Ramble has had both of her knees replaced, and she’s not one for hurrying, but we hopped the trolley and found our way to the line by maybe 10:30 am, which was in fact already down the block.
I couldn’t tell you how long we waited, maybe an hour and a half, maybe more. My mom chats up everyone around her, so she made friends with the ladies in line in front of and behind us, and the time passed fairly painlessly. They had set up water coolers so you could get a cup of water while you waited, which was nice in the late summer heat. Once inside, we were pleased to be seated with the others who had been in line near us, since we had spent the past hour getting to know one another. The tables were large, and food was served family style. It felt like I was back home at a family gathering, passing the dishes of food around, only there was no need to fight over the last of the potatoes because more were headed to the table! I cannot speak highly enough of the crispy, perfect fried chicken. And the sides! So many amazing choices. Honestly, there must have been twenty different dishes.
I took a spoonful of everything and went back for more of the macaroni and cheese, okra, potato salad, and some fantastic apple creation. I’m a very slow eater, and I did feel slightly rushed because everyone else was on to dessert and I hadn’t finished, but they didn’t kick us out. If you love Southern cooking and don’t mind eating family style, I would suggest finding a way to make it to Mrs. Wilkes’ unless you are completely incapable of waiting in a long line. And if you are, get up really early and be there first!