Mrs Wilkes'

restaurants / Southern

Lonely Planet review

The line outside can begin as early as 8am at this first-come, first served, Southern comfort food institution. Once the lunch bell rings and you are seated family-style, the kitchen unloads on you: fried chicken, beef stew, meatloaf, cheese potatoes, collard greens, black-eyed peas, mac 'n' cheese, rutabaga, candied yams, squash casserole, creamed corn and biscuits. It's like Thanksgiving and the Last Supper rolled into one massive feast chased with sweet tea.