Paula Deen established her now wildly popular restaurant in 1989 with the help of her sons, Jamie and Bobby. In 2003 the restaurant moved into this much larger former White Hardware building dating from around 1810. Most folks come here for Deen’s Southern buffet, which is a great deal and loaded with all the usual crowd-pleasers. You can also order a la carte: shrimp and grits, Savannah crab cakes, strip steaks, grouper, and even chicken pot pie often appear on the menu, though items do change. It’s all super touristy, of course, but the quality is good and plenty of locals still come here. Despite losing her show on the Food Network in 2013, Deen’s cookbooks have continued to sell like hotcakes, and you should expect long lines outside her flagship restaurant at peak times. Reservations recommended.
- Frommer's Staff