Behind the Scenes at The Lady and Sons

Let’s Get Cookin’ 

It’s just before 11 a.m. on a Tuesday in downtown Savannah, Georgia, and hungry locals and curious visitors alike line up waiting for the doors to open at The Lady & Sons. See how Paula, Jamie, and Bobby Deen and their dedicated staff serve up classic Southern comfort food.

Behind the Scenes at The Lady and Sons

8 a.m., Kitchen Staff Arrives

Behind the Scenes at The Lady and Sons
Jamar Hill, one of the cooks at The Lady & Sons, prepares mashed potatoes for the buffet.

Everything is made from scratch at The Lady & Sons. Sweet potatoes are roasted by the dozen and transformed into candied yams while other vegetables, meats, breads, and desserts are prepared. 

 Behind the Scenes at The Lady and Sons
Ineata “Jelly Roll” Jones is a familiar face to Lady & Sons regulars. She has worked at the restaurant for more than 20 years.

The restaurant serves about 25 pounds of green tomatoes daily for its fried green tomato appetizer and 1,200 to 1,500 pounds of chicken a day for all its chicken dishes. Every slice of green tomato and piece of chicken destined for the fryer is dredged by hand and cooked to order.

10 a.m., Service Staff Arrives

The two dining rooms of The Lady & Sons are readied for customers. Tables are set, condiments are replenished, and tea and other beverages are prepared.

Behind the Scenes at The Lady and Sons
Olivia Lanier sets tables in the first floor dining room.

Just before the doors open, the buffets are filled with pans of piping-hot food, and cornmeal hoecakes are cooked on a griddle. As soon as guests are seated, everyone at the table is served warm biscuits and hoecakes.

Behind the Scenes at The Lady and Sons
William Wells fills one of the buffet stations just before guests arrive.

11 a.m., Doors Open

The warm smiles and friendly welcomes from Crystal Orr and other staff are true emblems of Southern hospitality. 

Behind the Scenes at The Lady and Sons

After being greeted by the gracious staff, customers enjoy homestyle food in the warm atmosphere of The Lady & Sons. Patrons can order from the menu or select the all-you-can-eat buffet during lunch and dinner service.

Behind the Scenes at The Lady and Sons

Behind the Scenes at The Lady and Sons

Buffet Classics and Menu Favorites

Bring a hearty appetite to The Lady & Sons because you’ll be well fed and smiling at the end of your meal, no matter if you choose the buffet or order food off the menu. Below is a sampling of delicious dishes to choose from.

Buffet Classics

Fried Chicken, Barbecue Ribs, Brunswick Stew, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Collard Greens, Macaroni and Cheese

Behind the Scenes at The Lady and Sons

Menu Favorites

Shrimp and Grits, Savannah Crab Cakes, Seafood Gumbo, Chicken Pot Pie, Fried Shrimp, Chicken Salad Sandwich

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