on October 6, 2009
My family loves the Food Network. Despite the fact that half of us don't cook, there's something fun about watching the pro's cook up delicious treats and make it look easy. One of our favorite chef's is Paula Deen, so when we decided to stop overnight in Savannah on our drive down to Orlando from New York, we knew we had to try Lady and Sons. Lady and Sons is the restaurant owned and operated by Paula Deen and her two boys, and is a big hit not only with Food Network fans, but also with Savannah locals looking for delicious, down-home country cooking.Located in downtown Savannah, only a few blocks away from the river, Lady and Sons is a charming restaurant with a twist. The walls give off the appearance of being in a country garden, with light beige wallpaper covered in vines and gorgeous flowers. The hardwood floors and white paneling add to the country-kitchen motif, and are made even more lovely by the addition of candles and soft lighting in the evening. However, the ceiling is covered in silver metal pipes and props, giving it an industrial feel. It's a nice dichotomy between the warm and the sophisticated.As gorgeous as the restaurant is, it's the food that really shines. While lunch is served daily, my family and I decided to try dinner. We've been shying away from buffet's lately but this one was extensive, extremely clean and a great value. For $18 each we got to enjoy the salad bar, and have all we could eat of macaroni and cheese, ribs, fried chicken, potatoes, beef stew, rice and a variety of vegetables. We also had delicious homemade biscuits with apple butter which were out of this world! The food was hot, fresh and delicious. My mother and I are vegetarians and there was plenty for us to choose from, especially with the giant salad bar. The one thing I noticed about the buffet that's different from the norm was that there wasn't a dessert bar. Instead we each got to choose one complimentary dessert from the menu, included in the price of the buffet. The selection mainly consisted of pies, and the pecan and chocolate mousse were both hot, fresh, and covered in ice cream at no additional charge. Delish!While we chose to eat from the buffet, there's also a sit-down menu. The menu includes appetizers (including stuffed mushrooms, fried green tomatoes and a variety of salads) and a mix of specialty entrees which include steak, crab cakes, and chicken pot pie. With each entree costing around $20 and desserts at $4.99, we felt that the buffet was a great value and really the way to go when dining here.If you're a foodie looking for an authentic southern experience on your trip to Savannah, look no farther than The Lady and Sons. The food's as good as you'd expect from Paula Deen (even if she isn't cooking it herself), the atmosphere's charming, and the waitstaff was friendly and attentive. Just be sure to arrive early. Reservations are only available for parties of 10 or more, and the line for walk-ins often wraps around the block. If you don't mind eating early, go for a late lunch or early dinner before 5PM, or be prepared to wait. But don't worry, the wait's completely worth it!
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