Savannah Stories

Posted on | August 6, 2010 | 7 Comments

Shortly after my move to Savannah, the lovely Harmony at Baby To Go offered to share a story about her one-time visit to Savannah. I don’t even know what else to say… this story has it all. Road trips, hangovers, sisterly bonding, and… of course… Paula Deen. Enjoy!! 

Savannah will always have a special place in my heart. Maybe someday I can rewrite my Savannah story, but for now, every time I read about Law-Momma’s move, I chuckle about my 3 hours spent there.

In the winter of 2008, my parents planned to spend three months in Florida. My sister and I decided to drive their car down from New York for them, and make a little road trip out of it.  We left Long Island late in the day on January 1 (couldn’t leave too early because someone, not me, was tired from partying the night before). We packed up my mom’s Chrysler Sebring Convertible… yes, not the biggest car ever made, filled with “snowbird stuff” for their new Florida condo. It was an uncomfortable squeeze.
Anyway, the first night we made it all the way to Richmond, Virginia before stopping at a hotel to call it a night. We took our time the next morning and drove a few hours to Cary, North Carolina where we spent the rest of January 2nd with my grandpa, aunts and cousins. I don’t recall exactly what happened on our uneventful visit, but I do remember it being unseasonably COLD in the South and the heaviest thing I brought along was a cardigan that I wore everyday on the road. We were heading to SW Florida after all!

So on the morning of the 3rd, my sister and I woke up early and hit the road by 7am. We had planned that entire day’s drive around a lunch stop in Savannah to eat at Paula Deen’s famous restaurant, The Lady and Sons. We knew it closed at 3pm and that if we were slow, we would not make it. 

So speeding down I-95 we went. I’d say about 80 mph the whole way, with a short stop at South of the Border (my sister had never been there before).  We rolled up to Savannah at about 2:00pm, starving and ready to feast. We drove past the restaurant and were ecstatic to see there was no line to get in! So we parked, bundled up in our cardigans, and headed over to Food Mecca.

Well, the non-line should have been a red flag. When we arrived at the restaurant, there was a sign on the door telling us that The Lady and Sons was closed for two days for renovation! 

Does this evoke Wally World/Griswold-esque memories for anyone else? 

But this was for real. And besides cursing out Paula Deen’s buttery existence, there was nothing we could do. Well, conveniently the Paula Deen shop was open, so we browsed around that, looking at her recipe cards, drooling over the food we were not getting. And then we got pissed at her for closing her buffet, but trying to lure us into overpriced food retail, so we left.

Now by this point, it was almost 3pm and we were RAVENOUS! And freezing. And had no clue as to where to go eat because well, we planned on eating ourselves sick with Paula. So we ended up ducking into some crappy pub and eating some crappy Boca burgers. Salt in the wound.

Only recently have I have I been able to watch Paula again. She betrayed me. I don’t know when I’ll get a chance to return to Savannah. For the past two winters my parents have opted to ship their car to Florida. So no more road trips. But learn from my mistakes. Next long trip, check the weather forecast before you go. And call the restaurant to make sure its open!
As a final note from yours truly, I liked this idea so much that I’m thinking I might like to hear MORE stories about Savannah. Do you have one to share? Shoot me an email and let me know!


7 Responses to “Savannah Stories”

  1. mommytojenna
    August 6th, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

    Aww I love Paula Deen!! And road trips & the Griswald's!! I have a funny ditty about savannah as well…Law Momma – I may shoot you an email and share as well! One things for sure – it's a beautiful place to live! Hope your move is going smoothly!!

  2. HarmSkills
    August 6th, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

    thanks for having me. maybe someday I will return!

  3. ~*Jess*~
    August 6th, 2010 @ 6:40 pm

    A Paula Deen restaurant? I think I have to visit Savannah now.

  4. KLZ
    August 6th, 2010 @ 7:14 pm


    Do NOT eat at Lady & Sons!!! I cannot stress this enough. Go to Mrs. Wilkes' cheaper, better, more delicious, home-ier. Best fried chicken I have ever had in my life.

    Mrs. Wilkes. I swear. I promise, I'm not lying.

    Why do I always leave you such long comments?

  5. JIll
    August 6th, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

    I am your newest follower, I hopped over from Baby to go.

  6. HarmSkills
    August 6th, 2010 @ 11:04 pm

    KLZ, I wish I would have know that two years ago 🙂

  7. Elizabeth
    August 7th, 2010 @ 4:31 am

    I love Paula Deen! I would've been SO angry if I had driven all that way just to go eat her famed delicious food and it was closed too…

    So sad!

    Sorry about the regretfully awful pub!:)

    -Elizabeth @ Permanently At Lunch

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