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The Lady & Sons
102 W. Congress St.
Savannah, GA 31401

On advice of trusted foodie friends, we intended to go to Mrs. Myrtle’s Boarding House for dinner on our night in Savannah but it was only open for lunch, which was counter-productive, so since we were around the corner from Paula Deen’s The Lady and Sons restaurant, we decided to go see what all the hype was about.

For those living under a rock for the last few years, Paula Deen is a Food Network favorite, famous for her down-home sass and liberal use of butter. Her TV shows, magazines, and books have turned her into a cooking phenomenon.

Her restaurant in Savannah takes up three stories of a historic district building and if you want to eat there you have to be patient. We visited on a Thursday evening and there was a nearly 2 hour wait to get in. It's a casual place so no need to get dressed up.

The menu is decidedly Southern with lots of things like fried chicken, collard greens, shrimp and grits, and plenty of fresh seafood from the nearby Atlantic. But there are enough nouveau touches to the recipes to knock it up into near fine dining

We considered the Southern Buffet packed with more than a dozen items but ultimately went in the entree direction.

Mary's peach barbeque grouper with cheddar cheese grits and Rick's filet topped with a berry and cream cheese compote turned us into definite fans of Ms. Dean. Both were expertly prepared and our respective fruit components turned already fine cuts of fish and beef into something special.

Prices are moderate - $7-10 for the appetizers, $18-28 for the entrees, $18 for the buffet. The lunch menu is cheaper and adds a bunch of sandwiches (pulled pork, meatloaf, crab cake burger) for $9-13.

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