Southern Boarding House Meals

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While the old-time boarding house is history, boarding house meals remain a highlight of eating one’s way through the south. Seating usually is communal: friends, family, and strangers gathered around a big table where everything is set out on platters and in bowls. Diners reach, pass, and grab for what they want. It is vital to come to such a meal with a big appetite; it would be wrong to practice moderation.

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Blue Willow Inn

Social Circle's Blue Willow Inn is the best Sunday Supper restaurant every day. Huge buffet includes fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, countless desserts.

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Dillard House

Feast boarding house style at Dillard, where communal tables hold dozens of bowls of food, from fried chicken to vegetable casseroles to hot fruit cobbler.

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Dinner Bell

The Dinner Bell of McComb, Mississippi, serves traditional boarding-house meals -- all you can eat at large tables shared with strangers. A Dixie joy!

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Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House

Mary Bobo's offers old-fashioned, boarding-house dining in Lynchburg, Tennessee, the home town of Jack Daniel. The menu varies day to day.

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Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

Mrs. Wilkes' tables are crowded with platters of fried chicken, cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffles, and more. It's a Savannah legend, always crowded.

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Smith House

The Smith House of Dahlonega, Georgia, serves classic southern food boarding house style. Count on fried chicken, Brunswick stew, catfish and hushpuppies.