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Southern: For the "real deal," Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room is "must" if you're in the mood for real Southern food. The popular lunch spot, located in a cozy house on a brick-lined street in the Historic District, has been drawing a crowd of tourists and locals alike since a young Mrs. Wilkes took over a boarding house in 1943. Her establishment is so popular that on most days you'll have to wait in line before landing a spot at one of her coveted tables. The family-style restaurant offers a rotating selection of delicious homemade Southern favorites including the necessary fried chicken, meatloaf, mac and cheese, candied yams, okra, butter beans, collard greens and more.

Best Restaurants: When President Obama visited Savannah a couple of years ago, he ate at only one restaurant: Mrs. Wilkes' Dining House. It's no wonder that the Commander in Chief chose this Jones Street staple, which has been serving family-style meals for decades. With platters of fried chicken and dishes of butter beans, red rice, collard greens, mac and cheese, and candied yams freely flowing around the 10-person shared tables, Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room promises great food and equally great conversation from fellow diners who have come from near and far to experience Southern cuisine at its finest. The selection of dishes rotates but is available on the restaurant's website for those looking for specific items.

Homestyle, Best of Savannah's Historic District, Lunch: When President Obama visited Savannah during his first term, he ate at only one restaurant: Mrs. Wilkes' Dining House. It's no wonder that the Commander in Chief chose this Jones Street staple, which has been serving family-style meals for decades. With platters of fried chicken and dishes of butter beans, red rice, collard greens, mac and cheese, and candied yams freely flowing around the 10-person shared tables, Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room promises great food and equally great conversation from fellow diners who have come from near and far to experience Southern cuisine at its finest. The selection of dishes rotates but is available on the restaurant's website for those looking for specific items.

Soul Food: Located in the basement of a 19th century home, this dining room offers a family-style Southern meal. Guests occupy long dining tables and pass around bowls of fried chicken, ham, beef stew, collard greens, rice and gravy, snap beans, mashed potatoes, candied yams and squash. The daily menu offers at least four meats and ten veggie dishes, so there are always plenty of choices.

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Local Expert Amy Pine Says:

Best Restaurants: "Wear comfortable shoes. You may have to wait on Jones Street for a while before getting a coveted spot at one of Mrs. Wilkes' tables."

Homestyle, Best of Savannah's Historic District, Lunch: "Doors open at 11 a.m., but you may want to arrive early to secure a good spot in line."

Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Forget about that other grand dame of Southern cooking. Locals know that if you want the real deal, you go to Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room.

Best for Homestyle Because: You'll have to stand in line to get a seat at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room, but the family-style meal is well worth the wait.

Recommended as Best of Savannah's Historic District Because: Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room has perfected the art of Southern home cooking. Dining alongside people from around the world is a bonus.

Best for Lunch Because: Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room is Southern cooking at its finest. Family-style dining alongside strangers makes the dining experience even more special.

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