Let me start by saying hard work, persistence, dedication, good taste, talent and timing has a lot to do with success in the restaurant business. Paula Deen has shown, not just Savannah this, but she is on the verge of showing the rest of the world this as well.
I have put a lot of thought into the success of Paula Deen with her restaurant, TV shows, cook books, magazine, etc. and sometimes, for the life of me, I just can’t understand it. I can’t understand the hordes of people that gather around the entrance of The Lady and Sons or why her magazine is #1 at Barnes and Nobel – it IS just Southern cooked food, right…
Well, not really. It really is MUCH more than that. I now understand…
I went to The Lady and Sons for lunch today to see what the hype is all about. Now, first off, I would not say this is a restaurant that locals would visit on a regular basis, but I would say this is a place everyone should visit at least once and then the next time, bring someone that has never been there before.
Why – because, you just have to…what else can I say. It is everything you would expect and much, much more.
After you are seated you are brought their famous Cheddar Biscuits and Hoe Cakes to munch on while you are waiting – is there really a better way to start a meal – the Cheddar Biscuits are addictive, but do save room, you will be thankful!! We had the Fried Green Tomatoes for an appetizer – they were perfect – light, crispy, tart and very flavorful, excellent. For lunch and dinner there is the Southern Buffet that will satisfy anyone craving really good fried chicken, collard greens, lima beans and the best smelling sweet potatoes in the world (in my opinion…I almost got the buffet just for these) and the menu which you can order off of. I opted for the menu. I ordered the Tilapia Sandwich that was blackened to perfection and slathered with a homemade peach glaze….I would go back any day of the week for this sandwich, it blew me away. The sweetness of the peach glaze with the spiciness of the blackened spices – it was perfect. I am stuffed right now, but I could not put the sandwich down…it was THAT good. I also was able to partake in the Asparagus Sandwich that was served on toasted pumpernickel bread topped with jack cheese, purple onion and Thousand Island dressing which is a wonderful sandwich with a great flavor and texture – excellent choice for vegetarians or those wanting a lighter fare.
Bottom line, the food was great. The atmosphere was comfortable and inviting. She has done a wonderful job at pulling together a large restaurant and making it feel like “home”. The staff was perfect – friendly, charming and attentive. Keep in mind that you will have to wait to be seated and served, but if you go into it knowing this and expecting it, it should not bother you.
**I might add that Harry Connick Jr. was there having lunch as well.
Now, there is no doubt that Paula Deen has worked hard alongside her 2 sons for quite some time and her story tells of this journey. At times, I might not have understood the attraction, but I do respect it completely. Paula Deen has proven that if you work hard enough, if you have the love and passion in your heart for something, if you keep your dream alive and do not lose sight of your goal (and a bit of luck comes your way) you will, one day, be rewarded in life by seeing your dreams come true in one way or another. The Lady & Sons 102 West Congress St.