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Paula Deen’s The Lady and Sons

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While we were living in Spain, eating incredible, organic dishes fresh off the fields, the Paula Deen Phenomenon was sweeping America. And by the time we moved to Savannah, she had become a bona fide celebrity… especially in this city. No matter where you turn, there she is, her smiling visage peering out of every storefront window, dominating the cover of every magazine, sneaking into every conversation. “You look skinny,” she seems to be saying. “Come here and let Mrs. Deen rectify that.”

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Everyone we’ve met here has had two pieces of advice for us. 1) At all costs, avoid eating at Paula Deen’s restaurant, Our Lady and Sons. 2) And since eating there is unavoidable, stock up on cholesterol medication.

I didn’t understand how eating at a restaurant could be “unavoidable”, but that was before I talked to my friends and family. “You’re moving to Savannah? Now, where have I heard of that city before? Oh, that’s right: Paula Deen!”

My mom: “Of course I’ll come to visit, sweetie. As long as you promise that we eat at The Lady and Sons”.

My aunt: “So tell me all about Paula’s restaurant, I’m on pins and needles! Excuse me, what? You haven’t have eaten there yet? What’s wrong with you, Michael?! Are you into drugs?”

And so, we went to The Lady and Sons. It was everything everyone said it would be, both good and bad. I’ve never eaten greasier food. Even my beer was greasy. Even my napkin. It freaked me out, but The Lady and Sons seemed to be a sort of deep-fried Mecca for most of our fellow diners. People were moaning with pleasure as they bit into their deep-fried whatever. We were transfixed by a woman at the neighboring table who, with every bite of her biscuit, was sent into a spasm of gratified rapture. So delicious! She was literally shaking with delight… or now that I’m reflecting on it, that might have been a heart attack.

If you’re not a Paula Deen fan, I’d say you can comfortably skip The Lady and Sons, and not feel the slightest bit guilty; Savannah has plenty of other restaurants that are more worth your money. And if you are a fan of the flamboyant Ms. Deen… well, I shouldn’t waste any more breath. You’re going regardless of what I say, and you’re going to love it. (But seriously, consider adding some cardiovascular exercise to your daily routine.)

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November 20, 2010 at 1:55 pm
11 comments »
  • November 21, 2010 at 8:11 amDave

    I think Paula is amazing; she has really made a success of herself against great adversity. Yet…I think she has overexposed herself. I’ve been to her restaurant twice, but definitely enjoy some of the more hidden and less commercial spots in Savannah. For the number of products that she sells and endorses, she is in danger of losing her credibility. Just my ‘pinion. Her fried chicken is still damn good, regardless! On my first visit, our waitress (also a student at SCAD) belted out “Summertime” acapella. That was a treat in itself!

  • November 21, 2010 at 8:59 amBrad Powell

    Be careful what you wish for. What if, by a weird cosmic anomaly Paula said “OK, let’s do lunch.” What would you fix….paella, scary tapas, Irish blood sauage, German desert, Austurian pizza?

  • November 21, 2010 at 4:22 pmSky Princess

    I ate at Paula Deen’s but stayed away from the buffet because it did not look appetizing at all.

    On my Channeling Ricky blog today I have a review of some of her recipes from her Savannah Country Cookbook. Stop by and have a look!

    http://www.channelingricky.com/2010/11/miss-landers-book-club-reviews-lady.html

  • November 22, 2010 at 8:17 pmbyrdiegyrl

    You must try Mrs.Wilkes boarding house….not sure if that is the official name…..cash only…but the best best “southern” meal you will get outside of a private home…..I have so far avoided being called Satan, but have had to drag out of town visitors to the less tourist oriented dining spots downtown!!!

  • April 9, 2011 at 3:02 pmBetty

    I visited the Our lady and Sons Restaurant on our way back from Florida, and
    was disappointed that we couldn’t eat in her restaurant, it was filled up from lunch at 3:00 in the afternoon, and we would have to stand in line until 5:oo for the supper. My husband was in the miltary and he doesn’t stand in long lines for nothing. We didn’t get to enjoy her resturant. I was told since coming back home the you have to call ahead or make a res.
    I will not get the chance to do this again, and i was very disappointed.

  • March 16, 2012 at 3:55 pmEdith

    I really like Paula Deen –


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