Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room: Savannah's Best Southern Cooking

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The restaurant, which opened in 1943 and was visited by President Obama in 2010, operates in a breezy fashion. Reservations are not accepted. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., only on weekdays. Lunch costs $18, and diners are seated in groups of ten. Patrons share tables with strangers, and the place serves its Southern cooking family-style.

So ask folks to pass the sweet tea and fried chicken. It's an easy way to make fast friends.

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