Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

March 23, 2015
"Mrs. Wilkes, Mrs. Wilkes, Mrs. Wilkes!"  That has been the #1 recommendation from people I've talked to when it comes to best places to eat at in Savannah.  Locals and tourists alike give Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room rave reviews. Naturally, I'd been wanting to try it out for awhile, but the problem is that the dining room is only open Monday-Friday from 11am-2pm.  Of course those hours are not very convenient for a teacher.  During one of our breaks from school, Ev and I decided to take advantage of our time off and finally head out to Mrs. Wilkes to see what everyone was talking about!  Even though Ev was born and raised outside of Savannah, for some reason, he never made it to Mrs. Wilkes, although everyone in his family had been at least once.


We got there right before 11 am and there was already a huge line. That is to be expected, though because there is a line almost every single day so we were prepared for it.  It started to rain, and neither or us had an umbrella and after an hour of waiting out there, we were getting a little antsy. What made it better was that everyone that came out kept saying, "Be patient, the wait is worth it!" I was a bit skeptical, but we kept on waiting.




When we finally got to go in, there was a large table with all of the dishes of food already set up for us.  There are about 10 people to a table, and it's family-style dining.  Everyone at our table was in their late 20's~30's, and seemed really cool and friendly.  We all went around the table and introduced ourselves and then started passing the dishes around to one another.  They had all the best Southern comfort food I could think of and tons of vegetables.  Here is just some of what we got to try: fried chicken, biscuits, collard greens, snap beans, mac + cheese, beef stew, rice and gravy, butter beans, candied yams, mashed potatoes, squash, and black-eyed peas.  Of course the meal was washed down with sweet tea. Check out the spread for yourselves:



Make sure you have an empty stomach when you go because you will not want to stop eating! Oh, and just when you think you can't eat another bite, they offer you a dessert.  When we went we got to pick from either banana pudding or peach cobbler.  

While we were eating, a woman came up and put her hand on my shoulder and thanked our group for coming in.  Someone told me that it was Mrs. Wilkes' granddaughter.

While I was in there, I heard someone say, "You come to a place like this for the experience."  I would agree with that!  We got to try a bunch of delicious, home-cooked Southern foods and met and socialized with a great group of people. Ev and I chatted the most with a teacher who was visiting from California.

Also when you're done, you are supposed to clean up after yourselves and bring the dishes back to be washed.  It just helps get everything done faster so that the next group can come on in.  Another good thing to know is that it is cash only, so be prepared!

I'm always a bit skeptical, but this place really did exceed my expectations.  I really recommend it if you're visiting Savannah and hope to take my sister when she comes and visits me this summer!

Have you ever eaten at Mrs. Wilkes?  What do you think about it?
19 comments on "Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room"
  1. I'll have to remember that. Not sure when I'll make it to the area, but it would be great to remember!
    I would have a hard time choosing between banana pudding and peach cobbler though they are both my favorite desserts!

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  2. This place seems so interesting. It would probably be best to take a large group to, but it seems like such a cool place.

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  3. I really like the concept. I've been to share-table meals, but only where it's your group of people. The idea of dining and making conversation with strangers is kind of neat. Plus, I can't think of a better way for southern comfort food to be served but to a large, loud, and happy group. That just seems fitting.

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  4. I've never been but that sounds like a really neat idea!

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  5. It was a lot of fun and the food was so delicious! It really was a feast!

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  6. I would go back in a heartbeat but just have to wait until I get another break from teaching. If you're ever in Savannah, keep it in mind if you like that kind of food. :)

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  7. It really was a cool place and it has a lot of history...I think it opened in the 1940's and it is a must-do in Savannah.

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  8. I'll go with you and whatever you don't get, I'll get so that we can share!! :) The mac 'n cheese was the best mac 'n cheese I ever tasted (but keep in mind that I am from the North, hahaha.)

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  9. This sounds like a lot of fun!! I've never heard of it before either!

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  10. This looks like such a cool experience! Shared table meals can be really fun, and the food sounds so delicious!

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  11. Wow, that looks like a great place to visit. I am going to put it on our list when we head that way next time.

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  12. That is quite a spread. Shared table meals sound like they would either be awkward or really amazing, depending on who you get seated with.

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  13. You must stop by if you make it to Savannah again!!

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  14. I tried almost every dish, and everything was to die for!!

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  15. I hope you make it there...heck, I hope that I make it back there soon!

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  16. Everyone in line seemed cool (keyword SEEMED.) On the other tours I've been on, I've been lucky to not have anyone obnoxious in our group.

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  17. That is some spread girl! Woohoo! What a cosy place. Im note sure I can do shared table meals ... but heck why not?!

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  18. It was cool to do something different and chat with other people around my age who also love Savannah!

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