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home style southern restaurant featured on cbs sunday morning

newsysuzy12 Sep 21, 2008 10:07 PM

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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    KyMikey Sep 22, 2008 01:22 PM

    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
      KyMikey Sep 22, 2008 02:48 PM

      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
        mrwaterslide Sep 22, 2008 04:56 PM

        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.

    2. m
      maestrette Sep 22, 2008 05:00 AM

      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
        newsysuzy12 Sep 22, 2008 10:12 AM

        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. carolinadawg Sep 22, 2008 03:35 AM

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

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          billonthehill Sep 22, 2008 03:33 AM

          Could it be Mrs. Wilkes in Savannah?

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            blewgo Sep 22, 2008 02:54 AM

            The most famous is Dillard House.


            1. meatn3 Sep 22, 2008 01:15 AM

              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!

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