‘Savannah is a city in South East of Georgia with a rich history and classic Southern charm. It has an old world feel, with pretty squares and a relaxed atmosphere…’
We rocked up to Savannah in the mid afternoon sunshine with a view to spending a few days chilling out. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Savannah on several occasions and I love the slow pace of life, the weather, the scenery, and the old world charm. I love wandering around the beautiful squares, wishing I had one of those voluminous dresses and a corset. Oh, and one of those cute bonnet things that makes you look like you’ve strapped a paper plate to your head. And a horse and carriage because, obviously… Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that I’ve been to Owens Thomas House in Oglethorpe Square and now I think I’m Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With The Wind*
On this trip, however, it was all cocktails and southern cooking. What could be better than that, I hear you ask? Well…nothing, really. After an evening spent relaxing, we were up and ready to hit downtown the next morning. We managed to make reservations for lunch at Paula Deen’s Lady and Sons restaurant on West Congress at 1pm, so we headed down to the water to do MORE relaxing at Wet Willie’s on River Street.
I LOVE Wet Willie’s (now, now…). You always guaranteed a warm welcome in the riverside pub. Our bartender offered us a few samples and we soon discovered just how strong Moonshine really is. I mean, I can read the labels in the liquor store like anyone else, but I hadn’t actually tasted any. Safe to say it’s great, but one would definitely be enough for me. OK, so maybe two. I’m a creature of habit, so I’ll drink anything that tastes like it might have come into contact with an apple at some point. Therefore, I had to have the Green Apple slushie, just as I imagine Scarlett would have done before me… LT had a frozen magarita and we happily stared out at the river, slowly going numb from the feet up.
It turns out our bartender realised our accents weren’t local and we informed him we were British; one from England and one from Scotland. He’d actually spent time travelling in Dumfries. I know people from Scotland who’ve never been to Dumfries, so it was a shock to find a Georgian who’d been there. We chatted about all things Scottish, including whisky and haggis (obviously), then paid up and attempted to make our lunch reservation with Paula.
Wet Willie’s was started in Savannah, but now has 15 locations, mostly in the Southern States of the US (as well as one in A.C, NJ). I have made it my mission in life to visit them all. Everyone’s gotta have a dream, right? I have the same ambition about Cracker Barrel. Anyway….
I enjoy eating in Lady and Sons and, the first time I visited, you couldn’t book from out of state. You had to physcially turn up and put your name on the waiting list for the buffet. This time around things are a bit different and they have a handy online reservation system. Technology rocks.
The menu is excellent and contains appetisers, such as fried green onions and black pepper shrimp, while the mains offer fried chicken, green beans, and a whole host of other things that we gleefully crammed into our chops. We only stopped only for breath and another sip of iced tea. The buffet serves some seriously tasty food and I’m just glad we don’t live any closer. As well as the food, the service is great and you can experience the Southern hospitality that the region is so famous for.
After calling in the local crane company to hoist us out of our seats, we rolled out the door. We made our way home with a belly full of food and a head full of grain alcohol. If you have a few hours to spare in Savannah, I’d highly recommend popping in to visit both. You can’t beat a lazy afternoon eating and drinking, right?
Have you visited Savannah? Where do you recommend for eats and drinks?
*Nothing could be further from the truth.