Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House
serving in true boarding house style since before WWII
great food and great conversation around the table!
107 West Jones St. (in the historic district)
open 11:00 - 2:00 Monday - Friday
|Until a few years ago there was not even a sign out front and still it
is hard to find in the phone book; the easiest way to find it is by the
line standing out front. Mrs. Wilkes' has been in operation since
before WWII when the soldiers began taking their dishes to the kitchen after a
meal, a tradition that continues today. It really was a boarding
house for years. You will be seated with 10 others at a large table
covered with choices of vegetables and meats but always include her
wonderful fried chicken and biscuits. This is a family business and
continues under the energetic direction of great-grandson Ryan Thompson with
support from his mom, Marsha and dad Ronnie. Take time to read the
awards and newspaper clippings around the room; you will be impressed.
You can begin a conversation at your table about what direction to pass
the bowls but continue with an exchange of information on your fellow
diners are learning about Savannah.
With a stop here and at Johnny Harris Restaurant you will be an expert on Savannah's culinary history and traditions which are unmatched almost anywhere in the South.
Ronnie, Marsha, Ryan
Taking dishes to the kitchen