The former boarding house serves just two meals a day - breakfast and lunch - and if you don't mind waiting for a seat at one of the family-style tables, you can try some of Mrs. Wilkes' famous fried chicken. As she says: "If the Colonel made it as good as mine, he'd be a general!" Even at age 94, she still has the Southern charm that makes diners feel like they're eating at grandma's.
For those who want to re-create the Mrs. Wilkes experience, her recipes are collected in two cookbooks - one for sale only at the restaurant, the other available nationwide and on the Internet.
Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Cash only.
Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room
107 West Jones Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Web site: www.mrswilkes.com
|Buy "Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House Cookbook"|
(Serves 4 to 6)
1 (2 1/2 pound) fryer, cut up
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons evaporated milk
2 tablespoons water
- Sprinkle the fryer with salt and pepper. Pour the milk and water over the fryer and marinate for about 10 minutes.
- Dip in a bowl of all-purpose flour. Shake off excess flour.
- Heat oil to 300 degrees and deep-fry (or heat oil to medium and pan-fry) the chicken. Make sure the chicken is covered with oil at all times.
- Fry until golden brown.
Macaroni and Cheese
2 cups elbow macaroni
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
4 eggs beaten to a froth
3 cups milk
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
Pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the macaroni in salted boiling water as directed on the package and drain.
- Return to the pot and add the butter, then the eggs and milk. Stir in the cheese and add salt to taste.
- Place in a gresed 1 1/2 quart casserole and bake for about 30 minutes, or until the liquid is firm but not dry.
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