Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Savannah, Georgia

On our way down to Florida, Jen and I thought we should take the opportunity to go out of our way to eat at our favorite cook's town, Savannah, GA.

Jen and I both LOVE Paula Deen and we'd been looking for the chance to go eat at her restaurant, Lady and Sons. While the trip was about 5 hours out of the way, we were not deterred. We headed down late Friday night/early Saturday morning for the beautiful town of Savannah.

I'd never been to Savannah and let me tell you, it's as beautiful as they say it is. The oak trees with Spanish Moss added to the old time historic feel of the town. There was the notorious fountain in Forsyth Park and I absolutely fell in love with River Street. There were tons of shops and restaurants on the River. Turners Cove had some of the most beautiful condos I've ever seen.

There were lots of things to do and see in the city, but we didn't have a lot of time. We heard about a Paula Deen tour and just couldn't pass it up! This tour bus took us to all of Paula's favorite stores and landmarks in Paula's history.

We got to see Polk's Fresh Market where Paula still gets all of her produce for her restaurant. We also went to River Street Sweets where Paula gets sheets of marshmallow and caramel.

We also got to see the first Lady and Sons restaurant (just down the street from the new one on Congress St.), the chapel in Bethesda where Paula and Michael were married, and Jen and I even got to see Paula's house (which was beautiful on Turner's Creek).

On the tour, they even included lunch at Uncle Bubba's, the restaurant that Paula owns with her brother, Uncle Bubba. To our surprise, he even came out to visit with us and took pictures with us! He talked to us for a bit and was so down to earth.

Finally, the whole reason we came....to eat at Paula Deen's restaurant, The Lady and Sons!

With our tour, we got vouchers for reservations to the restaurant (which normally has a 4 hour wait) and we chose to go for a Sunday lunch buffet. It was good as was to be expected. The buffet included her famous fried chicken, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans, pinto beans, rice, creamed corn, sweet potatoes, greens, and more. We were also treated to hoecakes and cheesy garlic biscuits (one of my faves!). For dessert we got to choose between chocolate peanut butter gooey butter cakes, banana pudding, and THE BEST peach cobbler I've ever put in my mouth.

(As much as I'd like to say that's really Paula, I have to be honest and let you know that it's truly a cardboard cut-out).

Overall, completely worth the 5 hours out of the way! Savannah was, I can't say it enough, BEAUTIFUL! We had a great time!

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