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home style southern restaurant featured on cbs sunday morning

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several years ago a home-style restaurant was featured on CBS sunday morning(I think)
If I remember correctly it was in georgia, and in a home or converted home.
Does anyone remember anything like it?

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  1. Do you remember any other details? Architectural features, menu specialties, rural or urban location....

    Was service "family style" - all the dishes on platters at a communal table, or perhaps on a built-in lazy susan? There are a number of these places, but those sorts of details will help in tracking it down!

      1. Could it be Mrs. Wilkes in Savannah?

        1. The Smith House in Dahlonega, GA, maybe? www.smithhouse.com

          1. The Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, GA is in a converted home and serves home-style food as well.

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            1. re: maestrette

              I believe it was rural, in a sort of homey looking building, possibly an actual home. If I remember it was pretty out of the way, and a multi generation operation.
              Smithhouse looks lovely...but it was a much smaller more humble house.
              Thanks for all the good suggestions! They will be great on our trip.
              Also looking for Mississippi Delta suggestions!

            2. I've been to all the places mentioned. Smith House is kind of a bed and breakfast with a rather large dining room-family style (Dahlonega,GA). Blue Willow in Social Circle,GA(was just there 4 days ago) is a converted mansion-not family style (you serve yourself from a buffet and waitress brings beverages)--not too large. Haven't been to Mrs. Wilkes in many years, but it is similar to Smith House--converted boarding house with huge communal tables in basement dining room. There are 2 places not mentioned-- Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House in Lynchburg, TN (on the TN Historical Register) with about 6 rooms that seat 10-12 people at a table in each room.(no longer a boarding house for last few decades) And the Dinner Bell (?) in McComb, MS that has spinning lazy susan-type tables (Miss Bobo's has one of those in the cellar area also)
              If I had seen the piece, I probably could have told you which one it was (if I had been there previously)
              Any more details and it could probably be identified. You might inquire from CBS which place it was--I'm sure somebody there remembers if it was only 2 years ago.

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              1. re: KyMikey

                if it is a humble-looking building, I think Mrs. Wilkes is about the only place mentioned that would meet that description--it is actually in a residential neighborhood of Savannah with a side entrance (altho it has been over a decade since I visited)

                1. re: KyMikey

                  Mrs. Wilkes was still there holding court when I went there a few years back. It was a lot of fun, and well-attended. I might have mentioned to Mrs. Wilkes that I was a chef, and she got somewhat indignant when I subsequently refused to buy her cookbook. I mean she was unpolite about it, but her disappointment was evident.
                  The food was very good, but no better than an off-day meal at my grandmother's house, and not in the same league with my aunt, who once made a pan of baking powder biscuits, and another pan of yeast biscuits, for lunch, with no company coming, when I bragged about how much I liked her biscuits.
                  As a cook, my proudest achievement is that I can make decent biscuits without measuring any of the ingredients. I bet in the old days, everybody on the block coulda done that.