Paula Deen’s top picks in Savannah and on Tybee.
Of course, The Lady & Sons is one of Paula Deen’s favorite places in Savannah. It’s the restaurant that led to her first cookbook and Food Network stardom. It’s also the place where the careers of her sons, Jamie and Bobby, were launched.
You’ll find their Southern hospitality throughout the three-floor facility that serves 8,000 people a week at 102 W. Congress St., in Savannah’s Historic District.
You can order off the menu or try the buffet. Hoe cakes and cheddar biscuits are delivered to your table. For a break from the usual comfort food, try the asparagus sandwich ($9.99). Or from the healthier side, try the Salmon en Papillote ($19.99) under the “Not My Mama’s Meals” heading. People with other dietary issues will be happy with the gluten-free flourless chocolate torte or sugar-free cheesecake ($5.99 each).
17 E. Broughton St., Savannah; 912-232-8161.
The Paris Market
Owners Paula and Taras Danyluk travel the world and fill their eclectic shop with goods they think Savannah residents and visitors will believe they can’t live without.
36 W. Broughton St., Savannah. theparismarket.com.
This whimsical restaurant offers Caribbean flavors in Jamaican jerk chicken ($15) and a touch of Greece in its Hellenic chicken stuffed with spinach and feta ($16), but you’ll also find Southern staples like mashed potatoes ($3) and coconut layer cake ($5.50). 531 Stephenson Ave., Savannah. toucancafe.com.
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Habersham Antiques & Collectibles Market
If you’ve watched any of Paula Deen’s Food Network shows or read her food and entertaining magazine, you’ve surely seen the wares of this Savannah antiques mall and its inventory from more than 70 dealers. . You’ll find vintage aprons and linens and an entire room of ’60s-era clothing from hats and straw bags to bright frocks.
2502 Habersham St., Savannah. habershamantiquesmarket.com.
Sundae Cafe on Tybee
Fried green tomatoes make numerous appearances on the lunch menu of this family-owned island restaurant: Paula’s favorite – or so the wait staff says – is the double-cut pork chop ($18.95). Deen has included the restaurant’s recipes for succotash, apple chutney and buttermilk biscuit blue cheese bread pudding in her Cooking With Paula Deen magazine.
101 First St., Tybee Island. sundaecafe.com.
When you’re on your way to Tybee Island and want some fresh fruit to take to the beach, shop where the locals get the freshest produce and Killer Tomatoes. Or just grab a bag of boiled peanuts or a jar of salsa or pickles to take home. You can’t miss this produce stand on Talahi Island, at Quarterman Drive and U.S. 80 East.
7755 U.S. 80 E., Savannah. facebook.com/Davis-Produce.
Ele Restaurant on the way to Tybee
For an elegant dining experience take a drive out of Savannah toward Tybee Island to Ele Restaurant, where chef Sean Thongsiri delivers Asian fusion food that’s as pretty as it is tasty. The most popular dishes are pad Thai and curry chicken (each $14.95),
7815 U.S. 80 E., Savannah. elesavannah.com.