low country goodness When it comes to eclectic gourmet dining, Savannah offers a long list of options, each with its own special signature dishes. But when it comes to the ultimate in casual traditional Southern cuisine, it seems that the locals all have the same favorite…Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room.
Set on 107 West Jones Street in Savannah’s historic district, Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room—once an old boarding house—is the ultimate place to enjoy delicious Southern home cooking. What’s neat about this restaurant is that there is no menu, guests simply walk in, grab a seat at one of several 10-person tables scattered around the main floor and enjoy delicious Southern staples like fried or barbequed chicken, macaroni and cheese, mash potatoes, black-eyed peas, okra, collard greens and corn on the cob. They can wash it all down with some sweet tea and when guests are done, they pick up their own plates and utensils and drop them in the sink at the back of the restaurant—it feels just like eating at a friend’s home.
The menu at Mrs. Wilkes’ changes daily so diners can experience something new each time they visit. Agents note that the restaurant is only open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.—and there’s usually a pretty long line—so recommend clients get there early.
After exploring (or devouring) the culinary delights Savannah has to offer, we’re sure your clients will have many of these dishes on the mind for days to come—this editor sure did. That’s why we recommend booking your clients a cooking lesson at the aforementioned 700 Kitchen Cooking School at Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Appropriate for cooks of all levels, this culinary experience offers groups and individuals interactive classes where they’ll learn knife-handling and cooking techniques in a state-of-the-art kitchen alongside chef Darin Sehnert.
One of the school’s most popular classes, Low Country Cuisine, teaches participants how to whip up dishes like black-eyed pea salad, cheddar and chive biscuits, fried green tomatoes and shrimp in red eye gravy. Classes run approximately two to three hours and start at $70 pp.
other sweet treats They say you can’t leave Georgia without trying a pecan praline and for this we recommend a visit to Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, with four different locations throughout the city. Here, visitors can indulge in a huge assortment of items to satisfy even the sweetest tooth, including taffy, chocolate- and caramel-covered apples, cookies, cakes, pies and fudge.
For even more sweet indulgences, tell your clients to head over to the Savannah Bee Co., which also has four locations throughout Savannah. Besides offering a large collection of specialty honey that comes in flavors like black sage, orange blossom and sourwood, the Savannah Bee Co. also offers a wide variety of indulgent body products such as beeswax hand cream, lip balm and honey bar soap. For a truly unique experience, tell your clients to head to the Wilmington Island Showroom (211 Johnny Mercer Blvd.) where they can tour the Bee Company’s bottling plant and hives.
And if beer is more your client’s style, recommend they head over to Moon River Brewery Company, located directly across the street from the Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront. Complete with its own microbrewery, Moon River is a great spot for beer lovers to sample some original brews and tour the onsite brew house.
Meanwhile, the restaurant serves up casual menu items like burgers, BBQ pork, garlic fries, sandwiches, soups and salads.