February 25, 2020

#208 Mrs. Wilkes’s Boarding House

“There’s no sign outside this venerable institution, but that doesn’t stop the lines forming every morning at 10:45.  When the lunch bell rings at 11:30, the hungry crowd shuffles inside to fill large communal tables, which soon disappear under the brimming family-style platters and bowls of Georgia’s heartiest all-you-can-eat feast.”


Some things have changed since the book was initially published, there is a sign now, and they open at 11:00, but the line still gets long, and the wait worth it.

“The “old boarding-house reach” is common practice here, and heaping your plate with seconds and thirds is expected - the Wilkes family intends to send you on your way happy.  While you’re there, though, be sure to strike up a conversation with the folks at your table - it’s the camaraderie as much as the food that makes the experience unforgettable.”