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Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room
Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

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107 W Jones St, Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 232-5997
http://www.mrswilkes.com/
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A line gathers each morning at 107 West Jones Street. At 11 o'clock, the doors of 107 open and the lunch crowd finds seats at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops are crowded ... Read more
with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins and biscuits. The menu changes daily so regulars can have something different every day. Stop by and enjoy the special pleasure of a meal shared with neighbors and strangers.

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Burns, Kansas

If you have never eaten real southern food then you need to eat at Mrs. Wilkes. However be aware that the restaurant is only open from 11am - 2pm Monday through Friday. There is no reserved seating and their is no menu. You show up and get in line. When you get in they seat you at a table for ten with whoever else is there and they start bringing out the food. Fried Chicken, Corn Bread, Collard Greens, Mac and Cheese, green beans, and all manner of southern soul food. They keep bringing the food until you are full. Then you bus your own dishes and make room for the next group.

Last I checked it was about $25 per person and cash only no cards. While the line can look long, sometimes you will wait an hour, it is really part of the charm as you get to meet people from all over the world as you wait.

This is truly a unique experience but starve yourself before you go and you won't need to eat again that day.

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A line gathers each morning at 107 West Jones Street. At 11 o'clock, the doors of 107 open and the lunch crowd finds seats at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops are crowded with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins and biscuits. The menu changes daily so regulars can have something different every day. Stop by and enjoy the special pleasure of a meal shared with neighbors and strangers.

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San Francisco, California, USA

The experience is as incredible as the wait. Show up earlier than you think you need to for sure. The dishes vary, but bring your appetite because it's an enormous amount of food. If anything empties out, they are going to bring out more. The staff is friendly and helpful.

The best part is by far that everything is family style. Even if you're a card-carrying-introvertl, don't fear it, it's fun! You're all in the same boat, and you will be forced to talk anyway since you have to ask them to pass the mashed potatoes.

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Lakeland, Florida

It's a very long wait - worth it if you want authentic southern food. Delicious.

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Hong Kong

One of the most famous places to eat in Savannah is Mrs. Wilkes. It's a family style boarding house dining experience, which is great for out of town guests. You get served meals based on how many are in your party and you share the meal. There are no "special orders", so avoid if you have food allergies. But come if you love soul food and the best mac n cheese you will ever eat.

It is only open for lunch and does not take reservations, so be prepared to stand in line.

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Burns, Kansas

My family has been going here for 2 generations. It's good old southern cooking & hospitality at it's best. This is "boarding house" style serving where customers all eat together at dining room tables. Definitely a fun time.

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Local from Savannah, Georgia

The best Southern cuisine in Savannah, GA. Served old boarding house style. There is always a line, but it's worth the wait!

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It was good but not worth the 2 hour wait to me. If you have ever experienced Sunday family dinner in a southern black family then you can skip this one.

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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, USA

The epitome of southern hospitality can be found at Mrs. Wilkes'. There is a near constant line out the door and down the block for tables full of comfort food. Inside is a lively dining room bustling with activity and so full of amazing smelling cuisine you'll melt right on the spot. Be prepared to sit at large communal tables and to eat until you're stuffed.

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New York City, New York State, USA

This is highly highly recommended!!! Take it from a local. Make sure you get there around 1030am for lunch. The line gets long and once they run out of food then they close. You don't want to miss this family style dinner

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Los Angeles, California, USA

I have to write this right away if I'm gonna do this right. Worth every painful minute of waiting in line.

I got there after 11, and the line was already down the street and around the corner from the restaurant. It moved slowly in the beginning and then kind of picked up near the end. I'm not sure if it was the excitement or anticipation of having some of the best Southern cuisine in Savannah (better than Paula Deen's Lady and Sons, by several accounts). When you got seated and inside, everything is chaotic with people running around, noise from conversations and staff trying to talk to guests at the tables.

Honestly, who the hell cares. The food was comforting and delicious!!
Fried chicken can be screwed up in so many ways. Namely, breast pieces always tend to be dry in the middle, because of the amount of meat that the oil has to penetrate through to cook. I cut mine in half just to check the moistness. Juicy and fully cooked all the way through. The breading is light and crispy. Not my favorite when it comes to the seasoning, but skillfully done and I went back for another piece.

The pulled pork was very flavorful but a little dry on the ends. Not the best I've had, but given the amount of food, and that you aren't really there for BBQ, it's better than a lot of other places I've been that have it on the menu.

The vegetables were plentiful and crazy. Boiled cabbage, yams, rutabagas, black eye peas, collard greens...there were a lot and they kept on coming. The collards (could have been turnip greens, according to one of the guests sitting next to me) were porky. Pulled pork inside, and I did find a pork bone in my second helping. I'm still a distracted happy camper. The boiled okra veggie medley was delicious as well.

The sweet tea was awesome. If I hadn't drank so much of the stuff, I probably would have stuffed my face even more.

Dessert was ok. Peach cobbler was good and very flavorful and sweet, but the crust underneath was dense and heavy, perhaps from shortening or the flour.

I can't wait to come back. Get there early.

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London, UK

It's an institution...
There is a LONG queue...
There is a LOT of food...
It costs $20 pp, cash ONLY...
There is a LOT of fried chicken...
There is a LONG queue...
There is a still a LOT of fried chicken left...
It's open from 1100am until 2pm Monday to Fridays only...

There are a variety of other southern food delicacies up for grabs at your table where you will sit with up to 10 people.

The really good thing about this place is that while you are queuing with all the other folk who decided to eat at this institution in Savannah, you will make a lot of friends, some of whom you get to sit with for lunch.

So once you get in, kick back, make it social and enjoy the chicken.

TIP take full wet gear, trainers, poncho, umbrella the lot, in case it rains because you will be standing outside for a long time and will get very very wet if it rains.

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Rye, New York State

From Mrs. Wilkes website "A line gathers each morning at 107 West Jones Street. At 11 o'clock, the doors of 107 open and the lunch crowd finds seats at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops are crowded with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins and biscuits. The menu changes daily so regulars can have something different every day. Stop by and enjoy the special pleasure of a meal shared with neighbors and strangers."

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Worth the wait in line. This family style eatery is wonderful! Go one hour before the last seating, a shorter line - about 2pm.

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Local from Savannah, Georgia

Best home cooking in Savannah. Lunch only! get their an hour before you want to eat.

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First time my friend ask me to tried this restaurant when i at the city, because good review, i'm not typical trust review at the first place unless i try it my self. But why not, so i tried this restaurant, with $18 per person its so worth it. Love this restaurant, makes like family meals,seating together even with other people (strangers) its like family. Remind me whe i was a kid. Fried chicken, cabage, mac & cheese, green beans its the best. The best moment when you come early for the firs group to enter rhis restaurant is they do the praying for the food.

I really recomend this restaurant if you come to Savannah.

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Local from Savannah, Georgia

Savannah's best kept secret for experience "true" southern cooking in the same quaint setting it was served in during the turn of the century! Selma Wilkes ran a boarding house and cooked the food th

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Local from Savannah

Love Mrs. Wilkes! It's a nice experience in that you experience home cooked meals in a different and amazing way!

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Burns, Kansas

Probably THE best meal I've ever had in my entire life. I can't remember all the sides at the table, but I remember the smile on my face and the wonderful people I got to meet through the experience. Highly recommend - in fact a MUST see while you're in town.

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Santa Clara, California, USA

Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room is a must-stop destination while traveling in Savannah. The queue is long and forms quickly, even before it opens so be sure you get here prior to 11 AM to get early seats. Also, it only opens from 11-2. Be prepared to sit in a dining table room setting with other diners. The purpose is to encourage talk with other customers. The 15+ course meal is prepared and available at your disposal. Highly recommended for any visitors coming to Savannah.

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