We left our home in beautiful Ontario, Canada on the morning of October 9, 2013 with a final destination of our vacation home in Florida. Our plans were a sightseeing trip on the way down, staying there three week, flying home for three week, then returning to Florida for five weeks. Once we crossed the border, we made our way to I-75 to I-33, crossing on an angle to I-77 then to I-26, then to I-95 and finally I-4. This route was a little longer than the direct route of I-75. Originally, we planned on staying a an adorable sounding bread & breakfast (Nostalgia Inn) in Pipe Stem, West Virginia. Those plans were suddenly change an hour away when we called and the hostess told us she was expecting a large group on the weekend so didn't want to clean up again even though she had told us a room was available the day before. Apparently she hasn't heard of Karma! So we continued traveling, finally stopping in Orangeburg, South Carolina for the night. That meant we would be in Savannah, Georgia (our primary sightseeing stop) before lunch rather than the planned dinner. We had planned on staying in Savannah overnight but we would be at our vacation home before dinner with good traveling so decided to shorten our stop in Savannah. Aside of seeing historical Savannah, the huge draw for us was eating at The Lady & Sons.
We arrived a little before 10:30 AM so that handsome gent (aka my husband) carrying our purse went ahead to get our name on the reservation list for the 11 AM opening. Not pictured is the crowd that gathered outside the side door prior to opening in the hopes of getting reservations. It was indeed an impressive sight! While we waited, we passed the time walking about Savannah enjoying the gardens and quaint shops.
What impressed us was the lack of pretentiousness, something we did not expect given that Paula Deen is a celebrity chef! Our entire experience was nothing but top notch. The waitstaff were some of the best we have ever had, extremely friendly and sociable, attentive to our needs. This restaurant is certainly brimming with old fashioned southern hospitality!
Paula Deen's Classic Banana Pudding can be duplicated at home as well as and Paula Deen's Not Yo Mama's Banana Pudding, a fancier version of the classic recipe. I plan to make the classic version for our next family gathering.
Overall, we were impressed with The Lady & Sons! As mentioned our experience was wonderful, well worth the side trip, and we had a chance to see a bit of historical Savannah. I kept hoping we'd spot one of the Deens but that didn't happen. Perhaps we will get to meet one of them during our next visit to Savannah...