good food + awesome travel & occasional odd bits

Month: November 2012

Old Sheldon Church Ruins

Old Sheldon Church Ruins

South Carolina has been on my list of destinations to visit for about 2 years now. Needless to say, Savannah was on my list for years before we finally arrived. I have to say, on this trip to Savannah, I got a taste of both. […]

Colonial Park Cemetery

Colonial Park Cemetery

Our last cemetery tour in Savannah ended at Colonial Park . Established in 1750, some of Savannah’s early citizens are buried here as well as those who succumbed to yellow fever. There is also a duelists’ section where  others with “too much honor” ended up. […]

Fort Pulaksi

Fort Pulaksi

Remember when I told you here about the charming couple we met at Planter’s Tavern? The ones from Tybee Island? Well, we decided to take their advice and drive out to Fort Pulaski which is located between Savannah and Tybee. I have to admit, I was less interested in touring the fort and learning about it’s military history than in the possibility of an alligator sighting. That said, I was definitely lured there in hopes of spotting the toothy reptiles which were confirmed to be a regulars in the moat. But, we were not so lucky. However, we did have a nice time walking the expansive grounds. Take a peek at some highlights:

Laurel Grove Cemetery

Laurel Grove Cemetery

Ahhh… here we are at the cemetery yet again. Cemetery touring has become a favored pastime when we travel to most places, namely, destinations with rich history and decaying cemeteries. It’s just a thing. Laurel Grove was as beautiful as Bonaventure, but even more peaceful. […]

Back in the Day Bakery

Back in the Day Bakery

I learned something on this trip to Savannah and that was Southerners really like their sugar. I mean, they love themselves some super sweet desserts (and tea). I’m definitely a fan of all this, but I have to take it easy. About half a cupcake […]

Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room

Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room

Here’s what you’ve probably been waiting for… more food posts! I must admit, Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room was the best meal we had in Savannah. Before it became a lunch hot spot, Mrs. W’s was a former boarding house so all meals are served family style. This means serve yourself (pass to the left) and bus your own darn dishes.  I was looking forward to coming here from the beginning and the more I read about it, the more I wanted to come. Lemme tell you, Mrs. Wilkes did not disappoint. In the words of some lady in line with us, “if you leave this place hungry, it’s your own damn fault.” This is so true. Mrs. Wilkes’ is strictly a lunch place. They open the doors at 11:00 am and you best be in line by 10:30. I dragged K out in the cold, brisk morning to join some other folks in line at precisely 10:30. By 11:00, the line was around the corner.

Let’s get down with the nitty gritty-  a lunch at Mrs. Wilkes is like Thanksgiving dinner, minus the turkey. They serve all of the best sides and the most delicious, crunchy, juicy fried chicken. Among my favorites included: okra, mashed potatoes and gravy, butter beans, collard greens, rolls, green beans, sweet tea, fried chicken, mac and cheese, black eyed peas, and squash. Let’s just say, it was almost  all my favorite! If you’re in Savannah, you MUST go to Mrs. Wilkes’ for the experience and amazing  low country  cooking.

Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room

107 W. Jones Street, Savannah, GA 31401

(912) 232-5997

Gardens of Savannah

Gardens of Savannah

Savannah’s gardens are absolutely the most gorgeous we have ever seen. I was so taken by the lush greenery, statuary, and old world elegance exhibited by grand gardens to quiet, private corners. We were so impressed that we set out to find a book that […]

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery is one of those hauntingly beautiful must see cemeteries if you’re ever in Savannah. It occupies approximately 100 acres on what used to be part of the Mullryne plantation of the same name. It’s mostly a Victorian style cemetery with pathways, gardens, shady […]

Savannah Photo Diary: Elegant Doors and Entryways

Savannah Photo Diary: Elegant Doors and Entryways

Savannah is such a picturesque city, so beautiful and full of interesting sights to get distracted by. A definite MUST is always having a camera of some sort while out and about. There’s inspiration everywhere and lots to look at. As you can see, I took a liking to their doors and grand entryways.The second one down is my absolute favorite. I’m all ready to move in!

Sisters of the New South + Savannah Food Day Fest

Sisters of the New South + Savannah Food Day Fest

Amazingly, we ventured out of the Historic District to check out Bonaventure Cemetery (coming soon) and the Savannah Food Day Festival. Before hitting the festival I knew we needed to eat lunch. We ended up at Sisters of the New South where I was introduced […]

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