The visit to “The Lady and Sons Restaurant” was a no-brainer in Savannah, and one cannot be in Savannah and not see reminders of Paula Deen’s existence…..as well as reminders of a city full of rich history.
We stayed in the RiverFront District, which was a drift back in time to the days of the hustle and bustle of a major port, dotted with shops and pubs along the narrow and cobbled river front street.
The picturesque docks still hold cargo.
Since I am addicted to food, …and Paula Deen is synonymous with low country, Southern cooking…well, it was inevitable that the twains should meet!
And we certainly did meet!
Just to jog your memories from your geography class….Savannah is located on the Savannah River which is home to two major cities, Savannah and Augusta.
The River forms a border and separates South Carolina and Georgia.
The Headwaters originate in the Blue Ridge Mountains and The Intracoastal Waterway flows through a section of the River.
Imagine my surprise, (while I sat at the desk in our hotel room on the river)…when I looked up and saw a huge cargo ship navigating the river. I felt I could almost reach out and touch it!
It was one of several ships…. though unlike a train…they were silent moving down and up the river.
Pretty cool to see!
Also from the hotel roof top on the other side of the hotel….we could see the capital building.
The capitol building with the sun shining on the distinctive dome which is covered in tissue-paper-thin, 23-karat gold leaf.
Also from the hotel roof top on the other side of the hotel….we could see “The Lady and Sons” Restaurant! We were only 3 blocks away!
And of course, we went there for dinner.
But first, another carriage ride for a private tour of the city of Savannah.
And…a special Paula Deen tour of the places she lived and worked while her rags to riches story was being written.
As most of you know, she started out with a very small business called “The Bag Lady”. She made lunches in her little kitchen and her two sons became her door to door distributors to downtown businesses.
Her start up money was $200.00 from her income tax refund. For years she worked from sun-up to midnight, working to own her own restaurant, while holding down regular jobs.
She is now worth about 500 million.
Dollars, that is! 🙂
Yes, I had to purchase another of her cookbooks to add to my collection.
(I just noticed that I usually have my tea bag in most of my teacup photos. hmmmm. Maybe that is because I use a teabag for more than one cup!) 😉
In another post, I will share with you some new friends we met while eating the most delicious low country food at “The Lady and Sons Restaurant”…as well as other pictures of Savannah.
Until then….I will borrow Paula Deen’s catch-phrase…
“Best wishes from my kitchen to yours”!