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:
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?